New bike simulator helps understand rider behaviour
By: Web Editor
Are more experienced motorcyclists safer on the roads than those who are newly qualified? And do advanced motoring qualifications make you a better rider?
New research at The University of Nottingham could help to understand the differences in rider behaviour using a unique motorcycle simulator — the first of its kind in the world.
Funded by the Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM), the research project will investigate different rider behaviours, including forward planning, hazard perception and levels of risk taking.
The simulator uses a Triumph Daytona 675 – kindly donated by Triumph – mounted on a custom rig, which was designed and built at the University. This provides a full-size interactive platform running ‘STI-SIM Drive’ simulation software that projects different riding scenarios onto a huge screen in front of the motorcycle. The result is a highly innovative laboratory-based riding experience that provides researchers with a powerful tool for investigating rider behaviour.
Dr Alex Stedmon, a lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering's Centre for Motorcycle Ergonomics and Rider Human Factors, is leading the project. He is working alongside Dr David Crundall from the Department of Psychology in what is a pioneering research venture between the two academic departments.
“We’re extremely excited about being invited onto this research as it links into previous work in psychology, but takes it forward in an exciting new way with the use of dedicated simulation trials. These just haven’t been possible before,” said Dr Crundall.
“With different motorcyclists experiencing exactly the same riding scenarios and recording their individual responses, researchers can begin to look at differences in individual riding styles and how rider differences translate into behaviour on the road,” Dr Stedmon added.
The simulator project is currently looking for more volunteers: if you would like to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details, plus age, riding experience and what bike you currently ride.
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