The King visits AstaZero's test facility

On Thursday 21 September, The King visited AstaZero's test facility near Borås. AstaZero is a testing and research environment for advanced traffic safety, and is owned by Research Institutes of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology.

AstaZero is a high-tech test facility for automated transport system development.

The King visited the facility on Thursday to find out how traffic safety systems are tested and evaluated in a realistic environment. The day at AstaZero was a gift to The King to mark his 70th birthday last year.

Ola Benderius, a researcher from Chalmers, presented the equipment in the back of the remote-controlled car. Photo:

AstaZero's facility is based on collaboration between academia, industry and authorities. The facility aims to operate as an open, international platform for all relevant parties, such as vehicle manufacturers, subcontractors, authorities, road agencies, universities and institutes of technology.

The AstaZero name reflects the company's link to a zero vision in road traffic – a vision that the development of active safety can help to facilitate in the future.

During the demonstration of how lorries can avoid collisions with cyclists who appear in the driver's blind spot using software-controlled emergency braking. Photo:

The company is owned by Chalmers University of Technology and Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and is supported by AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Autoliv, Scania, Region Västra Götaland, the City of Borås, Test Site Sweden, VINNOVA and the European Regional Development Fund via the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.