University of Leeds Driving Simulator (UoLDS)

ecoDriver (Work Package 13): Evaluation of feedback solutions

Following on from the work of Leeds and other project partners in WP12, this part of the project conducted a thorough investigation of the wider effects of these eco-driving interfaces on driver performance. At Leeds, we used a simulator study to consider how well drivers learn to use the eco-driving interfaces (both visual and haptic), to what extent eco-driving skills learnt in one scenario transfer to others, and whether individuals use of the eco-driving feedback to drive in a fuel-efficient manner can distract them from the need to drive safely. This study assessed driving performance metrics as well as user acceptance of the systems to inform design choices regarding the final ecoDriver system to be tested on road in the latter stages of the project. This project involved the creation of hills of variable gradient for the first time in the University of Leeds Driving Simulator.