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Steven Reed

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Research Associate

Steven Reed is a Research Associate within the Transport Safety Research Group at Loughborough Design School.  He specialises in road safety and driver behaviour, with particular expertise in accident investigation and naturalistic driving through real-world trials.

Steve joined Loughborough University in 2004 as an accident investigator working on the assessment of passenger car performance in real-world crashes, his engineering background and expertise in this field has allowed him to develop his investigation skills to other transport modes, including motorcycle and pedal cycle crashes, and provide expert witness services for civil and criminal prosecution cases.

Since 2008 Steve has worked as a research associate and has been involved in a wide range of road safety initiatives, funded by both industry and grant schemes; during this period, studies have covered topics including: the development of a European fatal accident database, truck head light standards, assessment of direct and indirect vision from heavy goods vehicle cabs, investigation of cycle fatalities in London and examination of vehicle seat comfort in simulator studies. In the course of this work he has worked on large European projects through to small scale commercial studies across a variety of sectors.

Steve gained experience across a broad spectrum of research methodologies including the development of an instrumented vehicle and increasing his knowledge of driving simulators. Developing from this work is his primary area of research into driver behaviour, and specifically long term studies into distraction and visual behaviour in vehicles. This work has involved designing and running, real world driver studies using detailed vehicle measures, video and eye tracking equipment.

K, Ekambaram, J, Lenard, S, Reed (2016) Digital and video analysis of eye-glance movements during naturalistic driving from the ADSEAT and TeleFOT field operational trials-results and challenges

P,M, Valero-Mora; A, Tontsch; R, Welsh; A, Morris; S, Reed; K, Touliou (2013) Is naturalistic driving research possible with highly instrumented cars? Lessons learnt in three research centres

A, Morris; S, Reed; R, Welsh; L, Brown; S, Birrell (2013) Studying the effects of in-vehicle information systems on driver visual behaviour - Implications for design.

R, Talbot; S, Reed; N, Christie; J, Barnes; P, Thomas (2017) Fatal and serious collisions involving pedal cyclists and trucks in London between 2007 and 2011, Traffic injury prevention

N, ChristieR, TalbotS, Reed; J, BarnesP, Thomas (2016) 296 Cyclist deaths in London: implications from a safe systems perspective, Injury Prevention

A,P, Morris; R, Welsh; S, Reed; L, Brown; S, Birrell (2015) The Distraction Effects of Navigation and Green-Driving Systems – Results from Field Operational Tests (FOTs) in the UK, European Transport Research Review

Steve is an experienced accident investigator with a 15 year history of investigating real world collisions involving a range of different road users. Steve’s expertise in crash performance and vehicle engineering has led him to develop and run a number of training programmes for collision investigators in Australia, India and Belarus along with providing expert knowledge to both civil and criminal prosecution cases.

In addition Steve has developed accident investigation and vehicle engineering modules for Masters Courses in road safety and designed and run outreach sessions for STEM programmes.