Research on integrated vehicle safety

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TNO is recognised by OEMs and TIERs worldwide as a valuable knowledge partner with unique expertise, tools, and facilities. Activities within the Integrated Vehicle Safety (IVS) research department focus on improving the functional safety of vehicles and preventing fatalities and serious injuries by developing integrated safety solutions, which are robust and reliable under all conditions.

TNO has unique automotive expertise, resources, and facilities for the development of high- and low-level control software for safety-related applications, such as:

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

  • Vehicle State Estimation (VSE)

  • Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS)

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

  • Frontal Collision Warning (FCW)

  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

  • Lane Change Assist (LCA)

Automated Driving Applications

Cooperative Driving Applications


Using advanced software tools and research facilities, TNO supports the automotive industry with the development of robust and fail-safe software control algorithms, innovative methodologies, and system architectures.
The Vehicle Safety (VS) department specialises in:

  • detailed physics-based modelling for real-time software applications
  • model-based simulation of multiple real-world scenarios for rapid virtual testing
  • model-based control for the optimisation of the functionality and robustness of safety systems.

It’s important for our clients to prove the added value of our software solutions under real-life conditions. Automotive research at TNO has a strong track record of software implementation at a Rapid-Control-Prototyping level, using the preferred hardware platforms and vehicles of automotive OEMs and TIERs. To enable our clients to start producing the integrated safety solutions, TNO also provides the necessary software codes, knowledge transfer, documentation, and consultancy services for the customised implementation of the software. TNO also supports its customers in the move to embedded software products.

Vehicle Dynamics, Estimation & Control (VDE&C)

The Vehicle Dynamics, Estimation & Control (VDE&C) group has a core competence in tyre and vehicle dynamics modelling and control. The group develops tyre models and model-based vehicle state estimators and controllers with a focus on active safety and automated driving systems. The estimators provide a highly reliable and real-time corrected representation of the vehicle’s driving capabilities, which are crucial for vehicle control algorithms related to braking, acceleration, and steering, or which can feed V2X safety applications. To support and accelerate the introduction of new technologies, the group is working on full vehicle implementation and performance demonstrations, with integrated safety solutions ready for public roads.

Cooperative Vehicle Systems (CVS)

Optimising the safety, flow, and fuel efficiency of road traffic requires an integrated approach that doesn’t only focus on individual vehicles, but instead focuses on the entire traffic system. The Cooperative Vehicle Systems (CVS) group focuses on cooperative driving, which aims to influence individual vehicle behaviour through advisory or automated actions to optimise collective behaviour. Wireless communication is used for this, allowing road users to receive information about their surroundings outside their field of vision. More specifically, the CVS group aims to create new real-time safety-critical cooperative and automated systems, including fundamental theory, model-based development, simulation, real-time implementation, and experimental evaluation at proof-of-concept demonstrators. The scientific and technological focus is on situational awareness based on the fusion of wireless and multi-sensor information, real-time embedded software to support mixed-criticality applications, (network) control of interconnected vehicle systems, and fault tolerance.

Safety Assessment & Methodologies (SA&M)

The Safety Assessment & Methodologies (SA&M) group focuses on the development of human behaviour prediction models and applications for the design and evaluation of integrated vehicle safety systems, ranging from passive safety systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), to automated driving applications. The group is also developing new methodologies to evaluate the real-world performance of integrated safety solutions to support and contribute to the Vision Zero goals, both in the Netherlands and around the world.

TNO has a strong background and expertise in biomechanics, mathematical modelling, crash test dummies, virtual testing, and evaluation methods. For the voluntary testing and modelling of cognitive behaviour, the Integrated Vehicle Safety (IVS) department works closely with other research departments within TNO. Our human modelling knowledge is captured in numerical models, simulation tools, and injury criteria databases. We also apply our research and advice in other fields; for example, to improve the safety of occupants of ‘free-fall’ lifeboats.

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TNO pleads for getting innovations to the road quicker

17 April 2023

With the current state of innovation, we can move around much smarter, safer, and cleaner. Implementation is often the limiting factor. This threatens to jeopardize both economic and social goals. TNO advocates more focus on implementing innovations, including testing in a realistic, practical environment.

Siemens and TNO reinforce collaborative innovation agenda on safe automated driving

23 March 2023

Siemens Digital Industries Software and TNO will intensify their collaboration on the safe deployment of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AV). Both organisations remain strong in their belief in vehicle automation. The goal of this partnership is to realize the envisioned benefits of automation even more rapidly.

TNO signs MoU with leading Korean knowledge institutes to accelerate the development of smart cities

14 March 2023

Dutch national research institute TNO has joined forces with the three leading Korean knowledge institutes KAIST, KRIHS and The Seoul Institute, to come to a closer cooperation in the field of smart city development between the Netherlands and Korea.

TNO a partner of the ‘A smart city, that’s how you do it’ City Deal

20 January 2023

The Netherlands has to address major challenges if we are to keep our cities, villages, and regions liveable and sustainable. Some 60 partners, including TNO, are getting on board with the next step of the ‘A smart city, that’s how you do it’ City Deal.

TNO and TECNALIA collaborate on Digital Twins for Smart & Sustainable Cities

20 January 2023

TNO and TECNALIA Research & Innovation from Spain have announced a new cooperation agreement to establish a strategic partnership in applied research for smart and sustainable cities, mobility and enabling technologies, in particular Local Digital Twins. Representatives of both organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect in Bilbao on 11th January 2023.