Future Occupant Safety for Crashes in Cars (OSCCAR)
Research Project, 2018 – 2021

OSCCAR uses a comprehensive integrated approach for the development of future advanced occupant protection systems. It will provide a unique human body model (HBM)-based development and assessment framework, covering main challenges of future road safety due to the introduction of highly automated vehicles as well as changes in demographics: relevant accident scenarios (mixed traffic), future vehicle interior designs, new occupant sitting positions, ageing population etc. This demands for targeted changes and adaptions of scenarios, procedures and tools for occupant safety development, assessment and homologation, not addressed by e.g. regulations or consumer crash tests today. The resulting complexity requires an emphasis on virtual methods.
Based on the analysis of future relevant accident scenarios and considering new, highly automated vehicles (HAVs) enabled sitting positions, OSCCAR will develop and demonstrate advanced occupant protection principles. These require assessment with improved HBMs (omni-directionally biofidelic, active and robust), considering gender and demographic factors as well as improved soft tissues material properties. Furthermore, OSCCAR will develop fully integrated assessment methods for complex test scenarios of the complete crash phase providing the required level of confidence as current physical test procedures do. OSCCAR will also contribute to the harmonization of HBMs, a harmonized validation of injury criteria as well as the improvement of virtual testing standards.
Eventually OSCCAR will develop a clear roadmap towards large scale implementation of virtual testing methods for advanced safety solutions, not only relevant in the automotive domain but also for two-wheelers, VRUs, or in sports. Due to its excellent partner consortium with key players from industry and research from Europe, North America and Asia, OSCCAR is in the position to ensure global future deployment and application of its results and achievements.


Johan Davidsson (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Vehicle Safety

András Bálint

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Vehicle Safety

Erik Eliasson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Vehicle Safety

Jason Fice

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Vehicle Safety

Johan Iraeus

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Vehicle Safety

Hosein Naseri

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics


Autoliv AB

Vårgårda, Sweden


Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe, Germany

Bundesanstalt für Strassenwesen (BASt)

Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

China Automotive Technology and Reseach Center

Tianjin, China


Stuttgart, Germany

ESI Group

Paris, France

Idiada Automotive Technology

Tarragona, Spain

Kompetenzzentrum, das Virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft

Graz, Austria

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

München, Germany

RWTH Aachen University

Aachen, Germany

Siemens Industry Software NV

Leuven, Belgium

Technische Universität Graz

Graz, Austria

Toyota Motor Europe

Brussels, Belgium

TRW Automotive

Alfdorf, Germany

Tsinghua University

Peking, China

University of Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France

University of Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany


Wolfsburg, Germany

Volvo Cars

Göteborg, Sweden


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/769947
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2021

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