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TME202 - Vehicle and traffic safety
Fordons- och trafiksäkerhet
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAUT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Application code: 06116
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A+
Maximum participants: 70

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Laboratory, part A 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    
0213 Examination, part B 2,0 c Grading: TH   2,0 c   16 Jan 2021 pm J   09 Apr 2021 pm J,  26 Aug 2021 pm J
0313 Examination, part C 2,0 c Grading: TH   2,0 c   Contact examiner,  09 Apr 2021 am J,  26 Aug 2021 am J
0413 Written and oral assignments, part D 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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Jonas Bärgman

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in mechanics. Programming at least 6 credits.


The objective of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the role of active and passive safety in the context of traffic safety. The course prepare the students for the design and evaluation of active and passive safety systems.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • List the most important sensor technologies for automotive safety applications
  • Explain the advantages and limitations of different sensor technologies
  • Explain the role of active safety in the context of traffic safety
  • Describe the general architecture of active safety systems
  • Provide examples of active safety systems on the market and describe their operation and implementation
  • Explain what cooperative systems are and how they can be used to extend the functionalities of active safety systems
  • Discuss the importance of human factors in relation to active safety
  • Illustrate the tools currently available for evaluating active safety system
  • Describe various means to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries
  • Discuss the effect of different car structure design and crash configurations on in-crash load paths in the vehicle and in the occupants
  • Explain means to avoid incompatibility between different road vehicles and road furniture
  • Describe how car restraints and car structure can reduce injury risk
  • Relate the biomechanics of the human body to crash safety
  • Describe the basics of the explicit finite element method and give examples of how simulations can be used to assess crash safety
  • Design and perform a crash test, filter and analyse data, suggest applicable injury criteria and calculate injury criteria values
  • Discuss ethical aspects, privacy issues and legal responsibility questions concerning vehicle safety systems as well as research methods


The course consists of lectures, exercises, and a laboratory assignment. The lectures cover:

- Sensors for active and passive safety
- Systems for active safety
- Cooperative systems
- Driver behaviour and driver modelling
- Human machine interface
- Field data analysis
- Safety systems evaluation
- Safety in automated driving
- Accidentology and epidemiology
- Crash worthiness
- Compatibility
- Future vehicle designs
- Restraint designs
- Testing
- Crash test dummy design
- Injury assessments
- Infrastructure design


- Lectures
- Assignments
- Laboratory assignment


Handouts of lecture notes as provided on the course homepage.

Supplementary reading:

  • Ulrich W. Seiffert, Mark Gonter (2014): Integrated Automotive Safety Handbook. SAE International, R-407, ISBN 978-0-7680-6437-7
  • Trauma Biomechanics - Accident Injury in Traffic and Sports; Kai-Uwe Scmitt et al. 2:nd edition or later, ISBN 978-3-540-73872-5

Examination including compulsory elements

- Laboratory assignment, A 2 p, pass/fail 
- Active Safety, Exam B, 2 p, graded 
- Passive safety, Exam C, 2 p, graded 
- Assignment D, 1,5 p, pass/fail

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