The institute was founded as a spin-out from the University of Gothenburg in 1997 as the result of an initiative taken by industry mainly from West Sweden and some academics from Gothenburg. The institute started in 1997 with seven employees, but expanded to 15 people within the first year of its existence and performed research. The task is to perform research and development in applied information technology in collaboration with industry, the public sector, and academic institutions. The goal is to help Swedish automotive and transport industry achieve sustainable development and growth. Viktoria works for making sure that research results and IT applications are disseminated rapidly, come to practical use and contribute to sustainable development of products, services, business and companies. All research projects are funded through competitive applications to, for example, The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, The Knowledge Foundation, The Swedish Research Institute for Information Technology and the EU. This has resulted in high-quality research and a very good reputation of the institute in Sweden and internationally. As part of the re-organization of IT research in Sweden in 2003, the institute was incorporated into the SICS group, a national holding organization for IT research, comprising the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, the Interactive Institute, the Santa Anna Research Institute and the Viktoria Institute. Since 2005, the SICS group been part of a new organization, Swedish ICT Research AB (SICT). SICT is a private joint-stock company, owned by the Swedish state through its holding company IRECO (60%) and two industry associations (20% each).