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General Presentation

The Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (ITS Leeds) is one of the world’s largest academic centres for transport research and has consistently been awarded the highest possible rating for the quality of its work. Research accounts for some two-thirds of ITS Leeds’s activity and ranges from blue-skies exploration of new ideas and concepts to targeted commissions for specific clients. ITS Leeds has over 70 research-active staff and around 35 PhD students. The Safety Group at ITS Leeds is multi-disciplinary, with a wide range of academic and research backgrounds, including psychology, physiology, engineering and social science. A particular focus of the group’s work is on the safety and human factors aspects of new technologies, particularly in road transport. The group has led a number of projects on the safety assessment of new transport technologies, including European research on driver distraction from in-vehicle information systems (IVIS), whose major output was a draft test regime for the assessment of the impact of IVIS on driving performance. In terms of systems to enhance safety, the group has pioneered research on intelligent speed adaptation (ISA), in both European and national projects and is leading the UK national research project on ISA. Other current research of the group includes work on driver modelling, investigation of adaptive warning systems, the study of long-term behaviour with driver assistance systems and research on attitudes to new technologies. ITS Leeds led the workpackage on FOT methodology in the FESTA project.


Relevant experience to FOTs

FOT-Net, FESTA, EuroFOT, ISA-UK, Lancashire ISA


Oliver Carsten, Yvonne Barnard, Samantha Jamson, Frank Lai