Transport Safety Research Group
''The future of Safe Mobility - protecting people, saving lives''
The Transport Safety Research Group strives to improve safety of transport users through research expertise in human factors, engineering, psychology, health sciences, education and social science.
The Group involves specialists in a number of key areas of human factors, engineering, medicine and design. A key focus of the research group involves understanding real-world aspects of the transport-users and how this impacts on transport safety and intelligent mobility. The Group has extensive expertise and experience in research methodology and in particular, analysis of safety and injury data. Several members of the group have been involved in investigations of traffic collisions since the 1980’s.
The Group comprises of around 20 academic/research staff and PhD students most of whom are conducting applied research across a wide range of transport safety areas including evidence-based policy-making tools, accident causation research, safer infrastructures, advanced vehicle and road-based safety systems and the impact of road user behaviour on safety and mobility. The Group has received several international awards for its research including the 2013 Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award and the 2007 Queens Anniversary Prize. Individual researchers in the Group have also received national and international awards.
The Group has substantial experience in national and EU funded projects. Previous projects it has successfully coordinated include the EC-funded projects DaCoTA (FP 7), SafetyNet (FP 6) and PENDANT (FP 5). Team members have collectively published over 500 research papers concerning crash analysis, simulation and injury biomechanics.
Areas of expertise
- In-depth, multidisciplinary road accident investigation and data collection, specializing in highway, vehicle and human factors
- Analysis of large accident databases
- Design, management and execution of specialist accident data analyses, including cost-benefit studies
- Monitoring and advising on safety regulations, guidelines and policy
- Behaviour of drivers and other road-users
- Evaluating vehicle and component crashworthiness
- Wide ranging road safety and engineering related research expertise offered through collaborations within our Institute and established external partnerships across Europe, and further afield, including:
- safety related highway infrastructure design
- driver and rider vision, visibility, and vehicle conspicuity,
- signs and road markings
- traffic signals, pedestrian/cycle crossings, roundabouts and other junctions
- traffic calming schemes- children and the vulnerable road users, including mobility and impairment issues
- Human crash kinematics, injuries and biomechanics
- Management of large (national and international) data collection systems
- Naturalistic driving and Driver Field Trials
- Injury biomechanics and injury analysis
- Modelling and simulation
- Road user behaviour
- Human factors
- Vulnerable Road User research
- Driver impairment and fitness to drive
For more details see the links below to the project listings.
Belarusian road safety
Project: Belarusian Road Safety Network Study (BeSafe)
Helping to improve road safety in Belarus
Project: DaCoTA – Road Safety Data Collection, Transfer and Analysis
Aiming to reduce casualties worldwide through data & knowledge-based policy-making This project developed the European Road Safety Observatory that now provides consistent road safety data for EU 27.
Emergency Braking Systems
Project: Effectiveness of low speed autonomous emergency braking in real-world rear-end crashes
Reducing emissions & accidents
Project: European Naturalistic Driving and Riding for Infrastructure & Vehicle Safety and Environment (UDRIVE)
Identifying the next generation of measures to help reach european road accident & emissions targets
Evaluating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Project: Development of a new methodology to evaluate the safety effects of advanced driver assistance systems and verification using Electronic Stability Control systems
Researching Intelligent Mobility & Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Project: New framework to advance research into intelligent mobility and connected and autonomous vehicles at Loughborough University
IM/CAV is a substantial area at Loughborough with research being conducted in several schools including The Design School, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, and Civil and Building Engineering.
Promoting Intelligent Mobility in Academic and Business Collaborations
Project: IMPART – the Intelligent Mobility Partnership
Identifying Future Road Safety Problems
Project: PROS EU- Priorities for Road Safety Research in Europe
Preparing the road safety research programme for Horizon 2020
Improving road safety in Brazil & India
Developing tools and guidelines for vulnerable road users in Brazil and India aiming to increase road safety across the whole road transport system
Investigating Bicycle and Motorcycle Crashes
Investigating the causes of crashes in Europe involving powered two wheeled vehicles and bicycles
Understanding the causes of Road Accidents with a new Decision Support System
Project: SafetyCube- Development of a Road safety Decision Support System for policy makers
Project: Study on serious road traffic injuries in the EU
Different EU Member States each use their own definition of “serious” as a category of road crash. This has had the effect that data has not been comparable and little has been known about non-fatal crashes. Therefore national road safety policies have been incomplete and the true burden of crashes has not been known.
Understanding road traffic collisions
Project: Title: On The Spot Study (OTS)
Investigating accidents at the scene to build understanding of human involvement, injuries, vehicle and highway design
Improving road safety in the UK and India
Improving road safety in the UK and India through research collaboration and student exchanges.
- Morris, A, Reed, S, Welsh, R, Brown, L, Birrell, S (2015) Distraction effects of navigation and green-driving systems – results from field operational tests (FOTs) in the UK, European Transport Research Review, 7(3), ISSN: 1867-0717. DOI: 10.1007/s12544-015-0175-3.
- Lenard, JA, Ekambaram, K, Morris, A (2015) Position and rotation of driver's head as risk factor for whiplash in rear impacts, J Ergonomics, 3(12).
- Barnes, J. S., Morris, A. P., Welsh, R., Summerskill, S., Marshall, R., Kendrick, D., Bell, J. (2015). Injuries to older users of buses in the UK. Public Transport Planning and Operations ISSN 1866-749X Public Transp DOI 10.1007/s12469-015-0113-8
- Kendrick, D., Drummond, A., Logan, P., Barnes, J., & Worthington, E. (2015). Systematic review of the epidemiology of non-collision injuries occurring to older people during use of public buses in high income countries. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH, 2(3), 394-405. doi:10.1016/j.jth.2015.06.002
- Kellezi, B., Baines, D. L., Coupland, C., Beckett, K., Barnes, J., Sleney, J., . . . Kendrick, D. (2015). The impact of injuries on health service resource use and costs in primary and secondary care in the English NHS. Journal of Public Health.
- Kellezi, B., Beckett, K., Earthy, S., Barnes, J.,Sleney, J., Clarkson, J., . . . Kendrick, D. (2015). Understanding and meeting information needs following unintentional injury: Comparing the accounts of patients, carers and service providers. INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED, 46(4), 564-571. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2014.11.035
- Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Gutteridge, R., Evans, M., Hekkert, P. (forthcoming October 2014). Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Full Report. University of Wolverhampton, Project Partners & AHRC. Download.
- Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Evans, M., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Gutteridge, R., Gardiner, E., Hekkert, P., Cain, R. (2014). Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation. NordDesign 2014, August 27 – 29, Espoo, Finland. Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation (PDF 840K, Downloads file).
- Hancox, G.;Richardson, J.; Morris, A. Drivers’ Willingness to Engage with their Mobile Phone: the Influence of Phone Function and Road Demand. IET Intelligent Transport Solutions 2013 7 (2): 215-222
Academic & Research staff
- Professor Andrew Morris - Research Group Leader
- Professor Serpil Acar
- Dr Jo Barnes
- Laurie Brown
- Dr Karthikeyan Ekambaram
- Dr Ashleigh Filtness
- Dr Richard Frampton
- Claire Quigley
- Alice Magrin
- Steven Reed
- Rachel Talbot
- Ruth Welsh
- Professor Pete Thomas
PhD & MPhil students
Visiting Professors and Fellows
- Jeanne Breen OBE
- Professor Brian Fildes
- Dr Jim Lenard