Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions


University of Leeds

Location: Leeds, United Kingdom

Main contact: Oliver Carsten, Project Coordinator,

Role in ecoDriver:

  • Coordinator of the project
  • Leader of WP12: Eco-driving system development and Human-Machine Interface feedback
  • Leader of WP42: Acceptance
  • Leader of WP52: Development of scenarios
  • Responsible for the UK Vehicle Management Centre

Services/field of expertise:

  • Transport research and education

Other projects:


Short overview of the organisation:

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds undertakes research ranging from blue skies exploration of new ideas and concepts to targeted commissions for specific clients. ITS has about 50 research-active staff and is one of the world’s largest academic centres for Transport research. It has consistently been awarded the highest possible rating for the quality of its work. In ecoDriver, two of ITS’ research groups will contribute to the programme of research: Safety and Technology; and Economics and Discrete Choice.

Role in ecoDriver:

The University of Leeds is coordinating the whole project. It is also leading the work package on ecoDriving system development and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) feedback;  the work package on Acceptance; and the work package on the Development of scenarios. Furthermore, it is responsible for the UK Vehicle Management Centre.

The Safety and Technology Group has researchers in psychology, physiology, engineering and social science working to improve the understanding of road users’ behaviour in order to develop and assess new techniques for contributing to a safer, cleaner and more efficient transport network. The group has led projects on the safety assessment of new transport technologies and has pioneered research on intelligent speed adaptation (ISA).

The Economics group is also participating in ecoDriver, bringing a diverse range of interests across the field of transport economics, on both demand and supply sides, and including both theoretical and applied contributions. With regards to theory, some notable highlights include influential contributions on the value of travel time, marginal cost pricing, and transport and the economy.

Other projects (related to ecoDriver):

Relevant to the ecoDriver project, the Safety and Technology Group was heavily involved in the FESTA project, and led the work package on methodology. They are also currently participating in the euroFOT and FOT-NET projects. The group also has expertise in the area of emissions modelling and microsimulation and both techniques have been applied in the impact assessment on Intelligent Speed Adaptation, carried out for UK Commission for Integrated Transport and the Motorists’ Forum.

Of relevance to ecoDriver, the Economics and Discrete Choice group have expertise in the areas of choice modelling, cost benefit and stakeholder analysis.

ecoDriver Final Event 

16-17 March 2016, Stuttgart (Germany)

Presentations and photos now available


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