Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Shaping Future Vehicle Design

Using simulation to deliver robust future vehicle designs through analytical methods and behavioural studies 

Driver Information and Assistance Systems are a major focus in emerging vehicle designs due to their potential to improve safety. The University of Leeds Driving Simulator provides the ideal test-bed for much of our research in this area. Such work, funded by both the public and private sector, includes:

  • The design of haptic gas pedal feedback to encourage green driving.
  • Pyrotechnic bonnet systems to reduce the severity of pedestrian impacts.
  • Variable gain steering systems to reduce driver physical workload.
  • The use of telemetric data to estimate driver mental workload in order to manage the timeliness of information delivery.
  • Adaptive timing in collision warning systems to maximise driver trust.
  • The optimisation of vehicle control algorithms to help minimise the negative human factors (e.g. loss of awareness) associated with highly-automated driving.

We are one of four Universities collaborating on an EPSRC funded partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. The EPSRC-JLRProgramme for Simulation Innovation’ aims to support the vehicle design process through commentary testing in virtual environments and driving simulators.

The development of more agile, cost-effective manufacturing and testing is also a key theme in the Technology Strategy Board’s strategy for High Value Manufacturing.

Recent research outputs:

Jamson, A.H., Merat, N., Carsten, O.M.J., and Lai, F.C.H. (2013) Behavioural changes in drivers experiencing highly-automated vehicle control in varying traffic conditions. Transportation Research Part C, 30, pp116-125.

Jamson, A.H., Hibberd, D., and Merat, N. (2013) The design of haptic gas pedal feedback to support eco-driving. Paper presented at the Seventh International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, Bolton Landing, New York, June 17th-20th 2013.

For further information, please contact: Gustav Markkula