SAFER - Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB

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SAFER – vehicle and traffic safety centre at Chalmers is a joint research unit (JRU) that aims to find new solutions and improved systems for increased traffic safety. SAFER spans a broad base, covering several disciplines and encompassing vehicle and traffic safety in real environment. Research is conducted in four areas: Pre-crash, Crash, Post-crash and Integrated Safety. SAFER is a Joint Research Unit (JRU) where, among other organisations, Chalmers, VTI, TØI, Volvo Cars and Epsilon are partners.

In UDRIVE, these five organisations will contribute their multi-disciplinary competences to the project. Chalmers will be the beneficiary, whereas VTI, TØI, Volvo Cars and Epsilon will be third parties in the JRU.

Chalmers University of Technology hosts the centre. Research partners include trade and industry (automotive, telecom, insurance), academy (technical, medical, behavioural sciences) and the public sector (road administration, institutes, etc). Chalmers has a long tradition of collaboration in industrial research. Sweden has systematically accumulated expertise in the field of traffic safety. This provides SAFER with access to multi-disciplinary expertise and several established test facilities for both real and simulated testing. 221 researchers (PhD-students, post docs, senior scientists and engineers, professors) are presently involved. SAFER has been heavily involved in naturalistic FOTs and NDS since 2006, starting with the initiative TSSFOT (2006-2007) followed by the national SeMiFOT (2008-2009) and including FESTA (2007-2008), the ongoing euroFOT (2008-2011), where SAFERs partners Chalmers, Volvo Cars and AB Volvo have leading roles and Drive C2X. SAFER was awarded one out of four analysis projects within the SHRP2 S08 analysis. In addition, SAFER is involving experienced US researchers at UMTRI and at University of Wisconsin.

VTI, Swedish National Road and Transport Institute, performs research in a wide variety of areas related to transport. Of special relevance for the project at hand is the institute’s long-standing experience in driver state research, where sleepiness and distraction are prominent research topics.

TØI Institute of Transport Economics is a national transport research centre for Norway. TØI employs about 70 researchers including economists, engineers, social scientists, geographers and psychologists. The Institute has a particularly strong tradition within road safety analysis. Researchers at TØI have authored The Handbook of Road Safety Measures, a comprehensive meta-analytical survey of the international scientific road safety literature. TØI has participated in about 60 EC-sponsored projects under the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Framework programme.

Epsilon is Scandinavia’s leading company within engineering services with 1550 employees and a network of 10031 independent partners and specialists. Active Safety is one of Epsilon’s seven front-edge competence areas and currently employs 100 persons. Epsilon has developed the data acquisition systems used in Swedish cars in the SeMiFOT, EuroFOT and DriveC2X projects.

Volvo Car Corporation was founded 1927, and operates within the automotive sector. During the past 75 years Volvo has developed into one of the most well-known brands in the automotive industry. VCC started the NDS activities at SAFER together with AB Volvo, Chalmers and Autoliv and has been part in all NDS activities at SAFER.

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