The Volvo Car Group, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Volvo Group, the Chinese Ministry of Transport’s Research Institute of Highway and Tongji University in Shanghai have launched the China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety in Beijing, China. The governments of Sweden and China will contribute to fund the Research Centre.
As China, the world’s largest car market, is rapidly transforming into a car society, traffic safety has emerged as an area of attention for both the Chinese government and the public. During the visit of then Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Sweden in April 2012, the Swedish and Chinese governments signed a Letter of Intent proposing a research cooperation. This was followed by a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2012.
The Research Centre, with its main base in Beijing, focuses on a number of areas, such as improving traffic safety in Sweden and China and promoting the exchange of technology and knowledge between both countries. The Centre will furthermore focus on supporting government decision-making in matters of traffic safety and establishing a platform for research into traffic safety. Hans Nyth, currently director of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre, will assume a position as Director of the Research Centre starting Q1 2013.