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Automated vehicles (AVs) are developing fast, and we need to understand how to integrate these vehicles into our roads, because they are likely to be involved in interactions with other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists (Vulnerable Road Users or VRUs). When considering a two-way interaction between the AV and VRUs, the key challenge…
Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly using vehicle simulators to improve new vehicle performance while reducing the time and cost it takes to get a new design to market. But how accurately do driving simulators re-create real-world vehicle testing? In a competitive market, manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover are constantly seeking to improve product quality, while…
Dr Gustav Markkula was awarded prestigious EPSRC fellowship to research safe coexistence of humans and self-driving vehicles. The focus of Dr Markkula’s fellowship will be to enhance the development of automated vehicles by investigating and modelling how humans behave and interact in traffic. Using a multidisciplinary approach, with co-investigators from the School of Computing (Dr Matteo Leonetti) and School of…
The University of Leeds has achieved an excellent position in global rankings for Transportation Science & Technology. It is 4th in the world, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017. This high position demonstrates the Institute for Transport Studies’ globally renowned teaching and research. The Institute is the UK’s largest and most respected…
Driverless cars are likely to be on our roads in the very near future, promising to transform our experience of day-to-day travel. The technology being developed aims to making driving safer, with fewer driver-related accidents, greener, with less pollution through co2 emissions, and easier for drivers, allowing them to engage in other activities. With this…
On 16 & 17 January 2018, Professor Natasha Merat, Dr Tyron Louw, and Dr Daryl Hibberd, of the Human Factors & Safety group,  organised and hosted the first joint sub-project workshop for the EU-funded L3Pilot project, attended by 60 experts from industry and academia. The project focuses on the large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3…
ITS to lead human-centred design and evaluation of automated vehicle behaviour in a new Innovate UK project: HumanDrive The Institute has been chosen to investigate how an automated vehicle should behave in order to provide its occupants with the right feel and experience, enhancing safe human-like driving strategies, and improving user adoption of these vehicles….
The Institute’s expertise in road safety is contributing to a new European project to make our roads a better place for cyclists. Cyclists account for a disproportionate share of serious road injuries and fatalities, and the problem is not improving. In contrast to other broadly positive trends in road safety, cyclists in many countries remain a…
L3Pilot launched: piloting automated driving on European roads L3Pilot launched: ITS team involved in understanding the human factors, challenges and opportunities of automated vehicles The European project L3Pilot was launched on 13 September in Wolfsburg, home to the project coordinator Volkswagen. Focusing on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, the project brings 1,000 test drivers and…
Europe’s largest research project on automated driving has demonstrated how vehicles of the future will negotiate even the most complex of situations, transforming the driving task. The AdaptIVe project has showcased how automated cars and trucks perform in a range of scenarios at low, medium and high speeds, with fundamental implications for the role of humans: performing…