UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Donation by the Under 17 Car Club to Intelligent Mobility at UCL for research on young drivers

22 February 2023

The Under 17 Car Club donates a trailer to Intelligent Mobility at UCL, supporting the ongoing partnership by enabling the UCL team to attend Pathfinder activities that are organised throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire.

Exterior of UCL PEARL, a tall wooden panelled building
In photo from the left: Prof. Bani Anvari, Founder and Director of Intelligent Mobility at UCL, with Under 17 Car Club trustees Prof. John Beckford and Tom Silverwood handed over the trailer at UCL PEARL, home of Intelligent Mobility at UCL, in January 2023.  

Intelligent Mobility at UCL, in collaboration with the Under 17 Car Club, explore how young drivers manage high-risk driving scenarios. This joint research and educational project started in 2022 with the support of a summer internship by UCL Engineering. The UCL team created Virtual Reality scenarios, which were integrated into the mobile simulator of the Intelligent Mobility lab. The simulator was then invited to Pathfinder events, structured and practical pre-licence novice driver development training sessions, to collect and analyse data (from eye tracking and input devices) from young drivers including the simulated impairment effects through beer and drug goggles. Over 50 participants have already taken part in the research study.  

The Under 17 Car Club has now donated a trailer to Intelligent Mobility at UCL. The trailer will support the ongoing collaboration as it will allow the UCL team to visit Pathfinder events, which are organised in various locations in the Midlands, and Yorkshire.  

Intelligent Mobility at UCL is a full-size driving simulator including behavioural and physiological sensing systems emerged from EPSRC ECR equipment funding with support from the Department of Transport, Ansible Motion and UCL PEARL. This cross-faculty initiative provides an excellent environment for research and industrial collaboration as well as public engagement and outreach activities. A number of research collaborations have been recognised internationally through prestigious awards.