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Hi-tech center AstaZero opened in Sweden

(Xinhua) -- A 500 million SEK (72.38 million U.S. dollars) hi-tech center for testing potential road safety systems and devices named AstaZero opened Thursday in western Sweden.

Among the innovations that may be tested at the center are cars which drive themselves, according to a statement from the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology, which jointly own the facility.

"The fact is that it is people who cause accidents, not slipperiness or fog. If we can eliminate the human factor, we can also eliminate the number of accidents," Pether Wallin, chief executive officer of AstaZero said.

AstaZero will be open to vehicle makers and researchers worldwide, as well as researchers and those working with traffic flow that want to work on improving road safety for pedestrians and bicyclists -- "an area that has taken a back seat," as Wallin described it.

Partners that helped finance the center include car manufacturer Volvo Cars, truck maker Scania, local and regional municipalities and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

In a separate statement Thursday, Anders Axelson, who works at Volvo Cars Safety Center, said testing at AstaZero will help Volvo Cars meet its goal of no one being killed or seriously injured while driving a Volvo by 2020. (1 U.S. dollar = 6.91 SEK)

This article was produced by China's state-controlled news agency Xinhua.


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