Our research in Mobility & Transport works across our faculties and focuses on the design and engineering of future transport systems, including the growing influence of the internet and connectivity. The focus is on inclusive, sustainable and safe transport integrating the strongest research elements in design and engineering.
Future transport systems have a number of high level aims including ambitions to totally eliminate road fatalities, to eliminate congestion, to provide users with seamless integrated and connected transport systems, to eliminate emissions and to develop vehicles and systems that use lightweight, efficient and recycled materials. Consumers will also want to have comfortable and fast journeys that increasingly allow them to make use of the time for work and leisure, recognising that in road transport it is predicted that by 2020 all new road vehicles will be connected to the internet. In this area autonomy and connectivity have a massive role to play.
This area brings together a number of established and growing areas of research expertise and focused themes. These include: vehicle design and styling, vehicle electrification, user centred design, human factors and ergonomics, structural optimisation and light-weighting, wireless sensing, vehicle dynamics and safety, aerospace engineering, autonomous systems, connectivity and cyber security and human systems integration.
The research will span public and private sector transport building on Coventry’s historic strengths and setting new directions for future impact on Mobility & Transport. The team will offer a holistic approach, integrating the best of our Transport Design and Engineering Research developing for example, specific applications around autonomy and durability in vehicle electrification. The research will also extend our existing work in crash protection to investigate new advanced driver assistance and active safety systems that communicate with the infrastructure and with other vehicles to avoid or mitigate the consequences of accidents. Our existing strengths in road based transport systems will be extended taking our work in light-weighting, wireless sensing, occupant protection/comfort and cyber security into new transport sectors that include not only rail, aerospace and marine but also the emergency services.