Transport Systems Human Factors
We aim to understand and optimise vehicle comfort for passengers and drivers. In particular we have developed methods of evaluating the long-term comfort of drivers both using qualitative methods and observational techniques.
Situation awareness in transport
We work to understand how vehicle users perceive their vehicles and other road users. Pedestrians draw opinions of the world around them through interpretation of subtle signals from vehicles; drivers of different ages may process information differently due to different training and road experience.
Vehicle occupants are exposed to vibration through their feet, seat and controls. This vibration can cause distraction, discomfort and damage, and has an important influence on how people perceive the quality of their environment. We work on human biomechanics, performance under vibration and perception of vibration, including consideration of the poor postures that many workers are required to adopt.
Subjective attributes in transport
Users’ subjective experience to products is a key component to their success. We seek to improve users’ emotional and psychological response to transport systems. These range from vehicle through to public transport systems. We carry out research in the HPX Laboratory and in the field.
Autonomous vehicle technologies are developing rapidly but the passengers / drivers will have a dazzling array of new technologies to deal with. There are significant challenges to design in such a rapidly-changing sector but for autonomous to be a success the user experience will need to be excellent. We work on the design of autonomous interiors and controls for outstanding usability and inclusiveness, accommodation and comfort.
The ageing population means that the needs of older drivers are becoming increasingly important. We study the needs of older drivers to ensure that individuals are able to maintain independence and freedom well into later life. This includes both physical and cognitive issues, including those of understanding needs and desires of those having a lifelong passion for driving.