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Mi-Link Research


The University of the West of England (UWE) is the research partner in the Mi-Link project. The aim of the UWE research is to understand the transport system implications and passenger experiences of the autonomous vehicles and the supporting information and booking service. The research has four objectives:

Objective 1: Understanding the impacts of Mi-Link transport and information services on travel behaviour and preferences

Research plans include:

  • Examination of user preferences and experiences of the Mi-Link shared bikes through a survey and follow-up interviews.


Objective 2: Evaulating people's perceptions and experiences of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)

Research plans include:

  • Comparative evaluations of public attitudes to AVs before and after implementation through a ‘before and after survey’ at Milton Park.
  • Observational research on the interactions between AVs and other road users.
  • Evaluation of the acceptance of shuttle on-road operation with/without the presence of on-board operators, through interviews or surveys.


Objective 3: Understanding gaps between expected and actual AV technology readiness

Research plan include:

  • Exploring the different perceptions of AV technology readiness through interviews with stakeholders involved in the procurement of trial vehicles.


Objective 4: Examination of safety operative aptitudes

Research plan include:

  • Evaluation of vehicle operative requirements.


If you have any queries about the research or would like more information, please contact Professor Graham Parkhurst, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol. 

The co-Investigators at UWE are: Professor Chris Alford, Dr Caroline Bartle, Dr Thomas Calvert, Dr Ben Clark, Professor John Parkin and Professor Tony Pipe.

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