Foot-LITE

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Abstract

The Foot-LITE project will deliver innovative driver/vehicle interface systems and services to encourage sustained changes to driving styles and behaviours which are safer, reduce congestion, enhance sustainability, help reduce traffic pollution emissions, and reduce other social and environmental impacts. Fundamental research will be used to support the strong industry base in the project through prototype systems development and design, impact assessments and the further development of research tools and processes, including the SRIF/TRW funded instrumented vehicle to deliver a credible evidence-based validation of the system through to real-world operational experiences with user feedback and evaluation. The Foot-LITE system is seen as a tool to encourage and challenge drivers to achieve very real benefits that are already available in the current vehicle fleet but whose benefits cannot be readily maximised without an advisory interface to the driver. The approach has the ultimate choice and control still resting with the individual. This is seen to be crucial to the public and commercial acceptability of Foot-LITE. The aim of the Foot-LITE project is to create a revolutionary driver information system designed to educate and encourage safer and greener driving and longer term behavioural changes. The project consists of four Foot-LITE Work Areas. Effective Project Management is crucial to the delivery and testing of technologies and the assessment of their impacts. This Work Area will be the responsibility of the Lead Partner MIRA who encompasses both commercial as well as research expertise. The second Work Area is Market Reviews and Delivery which is focussed on the development of the concept and identification of product opportunities and system enhancements. The third work area, Technical Implementation, will create innovative applications which influence driver behaviour; this will be led by TRW. The fourth Work Area, which is led by TRG (the Academic Lead Partner), uses a variety of approaches, including simulation and large scale fleet trials, to produce an Impact Assessment of the systems and services and to identify those characteristics which will support applications in a future policy and market environment and deliver a tool that has the potential in instigating a step change in driver behaviour to tackle the twin problems of safety and the environment. The project will undertake all the necessary research and development to produce a prototype system which will be evaluated by fleets of drivers in normal driving conditions. The necessary data collection/data base systems for the vehicle fleet will also be developed so that robust evidence of the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the system will be collected, analysed and published to better the overall knowledge in this area. Additional surveys of other user groups to determine long term effects will be undertaken to better determine market opportunities and implementation strategies to deliver future intelligent vehicles and associated infrastructure. The system to be developed in the project comprises an aftermarket, standalone vehicle interface (although installation during vehicle build will not be excluded) giving moment-to-moment feedback during a drive (similar to SatNav), plus a back office support tool for off-line analysis of journeys and retrospective feedback.

Publications

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Description The Footlite project developed an advanced in vehicle system which assessed the safety and environmental performance of drivers and provided them with feedback to modify and improve their driving.

Newcastle University developed an advanced data logger which was fitted to ten Newcastle City Council vans. Trials monitored drivers driving behaviour for three months and then started providing the driver with daily feedback via text messages on how they can drive more eco friendly and safely. Results showed that significant fuel savings were gained once the system provided feedback
Exploitation Route The data loggers were modified and used in various electric vehicle monitoring project funded by the TSB (Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator) and the EE (SmartCEM project).

Work is on-going to revisit driver feedback. Under the RCUK Digital Hub project SiDE a Driver behaviour lab has been developed (DriveLAB) to take this whole are of human machine interface for vehicles and drivers and in particular the interaction of vehicles, ITS technology and older people to support research on how technology could help older drivers continue driving safer for longer.

Findings have been presented in oral evidence to Transport Select Committee
Sectors Environment,Transport,Other

URL http://www.side.ac.uk/
 
Description Helped develop new techniques for analysing data from vehicle CAN bus Newcastle City council purchased a system that provided similar information to what was proved to work in FootLITE DriveLAB has been developed to look at diving behaviour and drivers interaction with technology (£500,000 investment in kit). The ecodriving techniques developed here are now being used in a range of projects including the new LC TRansforms EPSRC project in 2016 and DfT funded vehicle emissions projects.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Energy,Environment,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Age Friendly Cities
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0539
 
Description Air Quality and Traffic Emmissions
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Appointed Chief Scientific Advisor for UK Department for Transport
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Ensuring the best science and technology evidence and advice is available to ministers and the department whenever policy and other decisions that involve science are involved. Through the CSA network coordinate a great deal of science activity across Government
 
Description Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Transport
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact I have been appointed Chief Scientific Advisor for Department of Transport (June 2015 - June 2018). This is a split role (60% DfT and 40% Newcastle University). As part of my CSA manifesto I am ensuring the most impactful way to bring the research areas I am interested in (funded by EPSRC) to support and inform the DfT challenges, particularly: Older Drivers Electric Vehicles ITS and human machine interaction Automated and cooperative systems
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-office-for-science/groups/chief-scientific-ad...
 
Description Evidence Research Strategies
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Represented UK Government at Ministerial Round table on ITS at the Melbourne ITS World Congress
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Working with Ministers from across the world to coordinate actions and benefits from new ITS systems and services and open the markets for societal good
 
Description Newcastle University
Amount £44,206 (GBP)
Funding ID KTS (outward Knowledge Transfer Secondment) 
Organisation Newcastle University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2011 
End 04/2012
 
Description BBC TV News Report on Measuring Driver Distraction - BBC BReakfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This is research on the effects of mobile phones on driver distraction. This sued the techniques developed in the SiDE project and applied to this problem area to support the BRAKE charity Road Safety Week. BBC, Sky, CNN and ITV all recorded this - but this is the only one with a remaining URL link
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24982173
 
Description BBC TV News Report on Newcastles Older Drivers Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Based upon the SiDE Project research on technology to help older drivers continue driving for longer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17785033
 
Description C-ITS and Automated Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (ICV 16), 2016 Chongqing, China: IET September
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EV innocation research dissemination 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Awareness on EV research innovation in Newcastle.

Delegation from British consulate to visit Newcastle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Enigeering and smart city workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination and discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Evaluation of an Urban Cooperative Mobility Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Intelligent Transport Systems European Congress. 2016, Glasgow, ERTICO, June
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description GO Science Policy Workshop on Future of Mobilitry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Bring together cutting-edge academic research, industry expertise and policy making to consider the future transport landscape.

Planning a Foresight project on the Future of Mobility by Government Office for Science (GO Science)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description ITS on your Doorstep 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Awareness of new ITS technologies ane examples as to how they have been used by other local authorities. Newcastle University and city presented EV charging infrastructure and Connected ITS Corridors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Intelligent Transport Systmes to Reduce Energy Consumption 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Reducing Energy in Transport. 2016 Paris: International Energy Agency, May
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited Panelist in the Workshop at the 2017 Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board of National Academies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Awareness of the challenges regarding the future of grid coonected vehicles

Engagement of practitioners in public and private sectors

What was the most important impact of the activity?

Discussed the potential roles of policymakers, consumers, automakers, electric utilities and industry more broadly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sustainabletransport.ca/2017/01/31/visions-of-grid-connected-vehicles-what-is-the-goal-and-h...
 
Description Understanding the Potential for Big Data in Making Transport Services Smarter in Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Lecture for Alan Turing Institute, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016