VUFO - We research for your safety!

Our Company

In the scope of the interdisciplinary GIDAS Project, the VUFO documents, reconstructs and analyses approximately 1,000 road traffic accidents per year involving personal injury in the Dresden metropolitan area. The data collected by order of the German Research Association for Automative Technology (FAT), a registered association provides vehicle manufacturers and sub-contractors with a data base to (further) develop passive, integral and active safety systems and functions of automated driving. Furthermore, the data and analyses collected by the VUFO are also integrated into legislation, the development of regulations and consumer protection tests.
By collecting road traffic accident data, the VUFO have become a provider of research and development which counsels and supports companies, authorities, ministries, associations, bodies and research institutions on a national and international level.
For some years, our company has been operating in the field of advanced training courses and training courses in the field of road traffic accident analytics and road traffic accident investigation. Experts, evaluators, members of the police and rescuers appreciate the practical advanced training offered by our skilled internal and external consultants.
All divisions of our company are certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision


  • will mainly contribute to reduce the number of road traffic accidents and alleviate the consequences of road traffic accidents;
  • will be an established institution offering advanced training courses in the field of accident analytics, vehicle and road safety in Germany;
  • provides important basic information for future regulations and laws in the field of road safety;
  • is an interdisciplinary service provider for research and development in regard to the analysis and simulation of data, especially focusing on road traffic and mobility;.
  • is an inherent part in the field of research in regard to questions of mobility.

Our Mission

The VUFO …

  • provides high qualitative and up-to-date data in regard to the sequence of events during road accidents;
  • conducts interdisciplinary research and development projects;
  • develops new methods to analyse and process data;
  • is involved in the evaluation of regulations in the field of mobility;
  • counsels and supports our partners in the industry and institutions to answer questions concerning road safety;
  • provides long-term expertise in the scope of individually tailored training or advanced training courses.

Our Concept

The concept of our company guides our everyday actions. At the same time, it is the demand and commitment of all our employees.

Our relationships with each other
• We take care of all employees and develop the framework for balancing work and family.
• We practice equality and mutual respect.
• We are goal-directed and work together among interdisciplinary teams.
• We promote initiative, technical skills and motivation of our employees.
• Our actions are characterised by mutual esteem and transparent communications.

How we work
• We are committed to research standards.
• We excel in our skills and in our flexibility.
• We take responsibility for the quality of our work.
• We deliver objective results and critically question our work.

Business Units


Advanced Training

We regularly offer training courses and advanced training courses in the fields of data collection, reconstruction, data analysis and simulation of road traffic accidents.

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Data Analysis

The VUFO data analysts of our institution conduct studies and analyses based on national and international data. Its main focus is on road safety. The results will then be integrated into statutes, directives, developments of vehicle safety or safety measures.



By means of car crash simulations, our VUFO experts carry out detailed studies as to how road traffic accidents are caused. In this regard, critical analyses are made and assessed based on scenarios, the field of operation or the preventative potential of safety precautions.

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Data Collection

Our VUFO team collects and analyses the GIDAS road traffic accident investigation project in the Dresden metropolitan area in which approximately 1,000 road traffic accidents per year involve personal injuries.


The “Road Traffic Accident Investigation at the TU Dresden GmbH” was established in October 2005. It is a 100% subsidiary of the TU Dresden AG (TUDAG). The VUFO emerged from a spin-off company based on a third party funded project „GIDAS“ (German Accident In-Depth Study), which was worked on by Professorship „Vehicle and Drive Technology“ at the Combustion Engine and Vehicles Institute from July 1999 to September 2005.
The interdisciplinary team, which was established and managed by Prof Dr-Ing habil Horst Brunner (IVK) and Prof Dr med Hans Zwipp (Clinic for Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Clinic „Carl Gustav Carus” at the TU Dresden) in Dresden, has been one of the two teams collecting data for the well-respected GIDAS Project. Both professors presided as managing directors of the VUFO until 2012. Then, the management was transferred to Dr Lars Hannawald. When he was appointed professor for Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Safety at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Dresden, Henrik Liers took over the executive board in 2017.

Since the spin-off, in addition to the GIDAS Project, the VUFO has increasingly worked on national and international research projects. In the meantime, the clientèle of the VUFO comprises of all well-known German automotive manufacturers and sub-contractors, in addition to authorities, ministries, universities and research institutions. The VUFO also brings its expertise in the field of road and vehicle safety to an international level. The number of projects and studies worked on the VUFO has already accumulated to more than 450 since our 15 years of existence.
In 2013 the VUFO initiated the postgraduate degree course „Vehicle Safety and Road Traffic Accident Research“, which is unique in Germany, together with the Dresden International University (DIU). Furthermore, the VUFO has gradually been developing our advanced trainings and training courses. In the meantime, the VUFO also been successfully working as an organiser of seminars.

Since July 2021 all business divisions of the VUFO have been certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.