Current research


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.

Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, a key objective of the XCYCLE research project is to develop user-friendly technology to equalise the treatment of cyclists in traffic, thus both encouraging cycling and making cycling safer. This will involve developing systems for active and passive detection of cyclists, informing drivers and cyclists of hazards at junctions, and presenting information in vehicles. A strict user-centered approach will be adopted, with stakeholders (users, public bodies, entrepreneurs) involved in the collaborative assessment of the XCYCLE concept and objectives, as well as in the guidelines for deployment and validation. The effectiveness of the innovations will be tested in real-life operating conditions.

The project is being delivered by a multidisciplinary consortium, drawing together a set of complementary organisations each with specific areas of expertise. Led by the University of Bologna, the capabilities of universities and national research institutes are being paired with industry expertise from Volvo and SMEs.

Programme for Simulation Innovation (PSi)

The EPSRC/JLR co-funded Programme for Simulation Innovation (PSi) Theme on Driving Simulation investigated improved methods for using driving simulators as a tool for cost-effective vehicle development. For example, using the University of Leeds Driving Simulator, the project as created and validated a high-fidelity virtual replica of a test track for low-friction winter testing in northern Sweden.