The VIRTUAL Consortium


VIRTUAL is based on a scientific collaboration encompassing a wide range of skill areas working together to improve traffic safety through virtual testing.


The VIRTUAL project includes industry and research partners with broad expertise and resources to fulfil the ambitious goals of the project. International experts are part of the Consortium including automotive engineers, systems engineers, economists, insurance specialists and safety researchers. The Project Partners and Associated Partners represent a unique Consortium with the power to make a sustainable impact as it includes research institutions, automotive and insurance industry, SMEs, an independent software vendor as well as stakeholders providing related software products.


The Consortium of VIRTUAL consists of fifteen partners (see below ↓) from eight countries and is coordinated by the renowned research institute VTI. The involvement of high profile European industry Partners makes it clear that the project is positioned highly and tackles most relevant topics not just for one certain area, but for all the various industries related to road safety. It is important to note that VIRTUAL – despite it being a research and innovation project – is positioned such that it will make an impact going far beyond academic circles, as it includes highly influential players as Project Partners, Associated Partners and members of their International Group.


VIRTUAL embraces new stakeholders which are not yet regarded as representatives of the ’traditional’ automotive field, but which emerge on the market, for example, in the context of automated vehicles, public transport, shared mobility and connectivity. This project will enable these players to use VT and compete on the market. To make VT successful VIRTUAL bridges from elaborate scientific methodologies related to HBMs to future transport needs. Its dedication to open source accessibility of HBMs and VT protocols distinguishes it from other approaches in this area. Applying this open access strategy will pave way for successful and sustainable introduction of these technologies and thus contribute greatly to the development of measures to improve road safety.

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VTI Sweden

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is an independent and internationally research institute in the transport sector. Its principal task is to conduct research and development related to infrastructure, traffic and transport.

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Chalmers Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture with a sustainable future as its global vision.

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Volvo Cars Sweden

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future. We are committed to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers.

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Graz University of Technology Austria

TU Graz has built up an impressive record of achievements in teaching and research over more than 200 years. Research activities range from high-quality basic research and application-oriented research to industrial implementation. In five 'Fields of Expertise' TU Graz carries out top research in important areas for the future.

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TOI Norway

TOI is a nation institution for transport research and development. The main objectives of the Institute are to carry out applied research on issues connected with transport and to promote the application of research results by advising the authorities, the transport industry and the public at large.

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AGU Switzerland

AGU unites specialists from the fields of biomechanics, engineering, medicine and sports. Together we investigate different aspects of trauma biomechanics and safety in traffic and sports.

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AXA Switzerland

AXA is the leading insurer in Switzerland. Both private and corporate customers benefit from our complete range of insurance solutions.

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Faurecia France

Founded in 1997, Faurecia has grown to become a major player in the global automotive industry. A leader in its three areas of business, the Group is backed by a R&D and production network with sites in 35 countries.

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University of Ljubljana Slovenia

University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. University with its rich tradition was founded in 1919.

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DYNAmore is dedicated to support engineers to solve non-linear mechanical problems numerically. We sell, teach, support, and co-develop the software and provide engineering services.

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SWOV The Netherlands

SWOV is the national scientific institute for road safety research. It is our mission to use our knowledge from scientific research to contribute to safer road traffic.

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Dorel France

Millions enjoy Dorel Industries products daily. Our juvenile and bicycle brands are recognized globally by consumers for safety, comfort, innovation and fun. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value.

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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) was founded in 1971 through the integration of the Higher Technical Schools which up until then made up the Higher Technical Institutes. The University Schools joined the following year.

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W2Economics The Netherlands

W2Economics is a leading expert in the economic analysis of road safety. With its high-quality economic research, consultancy and education, W2Economics helps to prevent road crashes, improve the quality of life, and reduce costs.

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Siemens Mobility Austria

As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems and intelligent traffic systems. With digitalization, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability.

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