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Launch of Virtuocity


On Thursday 13th June, the University of Leeds launched Virtuocity, which provides a world-leading technical platform that leverages research and expertise from across the University, including the Institute for Transport Studies, to lead innovation in the design of urban transport and city systems. Virtuocity will form a key facility for the University's newly launched Centre for...

InterACT experiments in full swing


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...

Prof Rich Romano at Tech.AD 2018


Prof Rich Romano was recently interviewed at Tech.AD USA 2018, about the work we do at the University of Leeds Driving Simulator, and his take on the development of automated vehicles.

Using driving simulators to develop new vehicles: The PSi project ends on a high


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 Markkula wins prestigious EPSRC fellowship


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...

Leeds ranked 4th in the world for Transportation Science & Technology


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...

Prof Merat @ Cheltenham Science Festival


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...

Human Factors & Safety Group hosts L3Pilot project workshop


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....

XCYCLE - fairer, safer cycling


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...