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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...

L3Pilot launched


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...

AdaptIVe Final Event


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...

Programme for Simulation Innovation (PSI)


Research staff from the Institute’s Safety & Technology group have joined forces with car-maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and three other leading UK universities to deliver the project. ITS staff are working on a driving simulation which offers a realistic digital driving and passenger experience, in order...

Research into self-driving cars


Advancements in driver assistance systems have gathered pace over the last 40 years. Most cars now come with automated features as standard, including anti-lock brake systems, cruise control, and collision avoidance. Now, the focus is on self-driving technology. Leeds is a leader in this field of research. Academics in ITS are researching safety, human factors...