VTI part of Swedish-Indian collaboration for increased traffic safety

More than 150,000 traffic-related fatalities occur annually in India. Cooperation between Swedish and Indian companies and institutions is now being formed to greatly reduce these. The lessons learned will be utilized for development needs in different parts of the world in order to strengthen traffic safety as widely as possible.

In 2018, Sweden and India signed an innovation agreement. Sweden-India Transport Innovation and Safety Partnership (SITIS) is a strong and concrete example of how innovation cooperation between the countries actually happens and can create global values in the security area.

SITIS was launched in Stockholm on the 20th of Februari 2020, in the presence of Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Transport & Highways, Government of India & Mr. Thomas Eneroth, Hon’ble Minister for Infrastructure, Government of Sweden in the presence of CEOs and Senior Management of various Swedish and Indian companies, Academia and Research Institutes (one of them VTI) from the partnership as well as state representatives.

Leading Indian companies and institutes with expertise in safety have come together to form the SITIS as a long-term platform for innovation and a center for excellence on traffic safety research. The SITIS partnership will build deeper understanding of traffic safety in India and provide insights into the core challenges facing many fast-growing economies with similar challenges and their potential solutions. This will provide a unique ability to inform and evaluate policy and technology priorities.

Members of this platform are companies and institutes who lead in the safety area in their respective domains. These include partners such as VTI, Volvo Group, Autoliv, Ericsson, Manipal Hospitals, Altair, Saab and Tech Mahindra, as well as universities and research institutes; India Institute of Science (IISc), Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Program, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (TRIPP, IITD), Chalmers University of Technology, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden; and the technical authorities Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The platform will also engage the Vision Zero Academy at the Swedish Transport Administration, Niti Aayog [The National Institution for Transforming India] and Sweden-India Business Council.