Pedro Huertas Leyva

Pedro Huertas Leyva
University of Florence | UNIFI · Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

PhD

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25
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14 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
March 2016 - June 2016
Chalmers University of Technology
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Research of cycling behaviour analysing big data (video and kinematics) from naturalistic study with e-bikes and bicycles.
October 2014 - present
University of Florence
Position
  • Engineer
Description
  • Research projects on Road Safety and Accident Prevention of motorcycles. Studies of the drivers' behaviour to increase safety by active safety systems and training.
August 2014 - January 2015
Ford Motor Company
Position
  • Engineer
Description
  • Launch of V408 Connect model: Coordination with Supplier, Group Staff and Production team of Ford in bodyside plant
Education
November 2014 - April 2018
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Design and Development of Products and Industrial Processes
September 2008 - September 2012
Universitat Politècnica de València
Field of study
  • Applied Physics
September 1999 - July 2002
Universitat Politècnica de València
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering

Publications

Publications (25)
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Pedelecs (e-bikes), which facilitate higher speeds with less effort in comparison to traditional bicycles (t-bikes), have grown considerably in popularity in recent years. Despite the large expansion of this new transportation mode, little is known about the behavior of e-cyclists, or whether cycling an e-bike increases crash risk and the likelihoo...
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Collisions with other vehicles represent the biggest threat to riders of powered-two-wheeler (PTW), and while emergency braking is the evasive manoeuvre most frequently required in PTW riding, many riders fail to perform it adequately due to constraints on response time precipitated by failures of perception, cognition and control actions. Effectiv...
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Objective: The number of e-bike users has increased significantly over the past few years and with it the associated safety concerns. Because e-bikes are faster than conventional bicycles and more prone to be in conflict with road users, e-bikers may need to perform avoidance maneuvers more frequently. Braking is the most common avoidance maneuver...
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The most common evasive maneuver among motorcycle riders and one of the most complicated to perform in emergency situations is braking. Because of the inherent instability of motorcycles, motorcycle crashes are frequently caused by loss of control performing braking as an evasive maneuver. Understanding the motion conditions that lead riders to sta...
Conference Paper
Research question: Pre-Crash Braking (PCB) is a promising technology currently under safety by providing automatic braking input and reducing impact speed in pre-crash conditions. However, the implementation of the PCB as a system that influences motorcycle control, remains controversial from the perspective of the users. This study, conducted with...
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Objective Human error by either rider or other vehicle driver is the primary contributing factor in crashes involving powered-two-wheelers. A human-factor-based crash analysis methodology is key to enhancing the road safety effectiveness of rider training interventions. Our aim is to define a methodology that uses in-depth data to identify the skil...
Preprint
This paper defines a methodology with in-depth data to identify the skills needed by riders in the highest risk crash configurations to reduce casualty rates. We present a case study using in-depth data of 803 powered-two-wheeler crashes. Seven high-risk crash configuration based on the pre-crash trajectories of the road-users involved were conside...
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Motorcycle Autonomous Emergency Braking system (MAEB), is a technology that introduces also on Powered-Two-Wheelers (PTWs) the autonomous braking, which is able to apply autonomously a braking force to reduce impact speed in emergency situations. This system was shown to be possibly effective in reducing numbers of deaths and serious injuries resul...
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Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) was proved to be an effective and reliable technology in reducing serious consequences of road vehicles crashes. However, the feasibility in terms of end-users’ acceptability for the AEB for motorcycles (MAEB) still has to be evaluated. So far, only Automatic Braking (AB) activations in straight-line motion and de...
Conference Paper
Research question / Starting point for investigation: One of the emerging technologies in road vehicles safety is Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which applies autonomously a braking force to reduce impact speed in pre-crash conditions. Some studies showed that motorcycle AEB (MAEB), could be very effective and reliable in reducing serious cons...
Conference Paper
Collisions with other vehicles represent the biggest threat to powered-two-wheelers (PTW) riders, and while emergency braking is the evasive maneuver most frequently required in PTW riding, many riders fail to perform it adequately due to constraints on response time precipitated by failures of perception, cognition and control actions. Effective r...
Poster
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A new research area explores the relationship between motorcycle rider muscle activation patterns and vehicle kinematics and kinetics to understand the interaction between human control inputs and vehicle kinematic outcome. A common factor in serious motorcycle accidents is the absence or inadequacy of braking by the rider to avoid collision. This...
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This paper aims to investigate rider braking behaviors using a dataset of braking maneuvers derived from naturalistic riding data. Each braking event was fully characterized with experimental data. A set of descriptive parameters was defined to capture relevant information of the braking event and to facilitate the clustering process of braking beh...
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Research shows that one of the biggest threats to powered two wheeler (PTW) riders is collision with another vehicle at or near an intersection. Our goal is to devise a method for training riders to perform better at emergency evasive maneuvers. This method must address the integration of perception and action inherent in any coordinated response t...
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Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) is an efficient transport system valuable especially in cities. The growth of PTW riders in the last decade has been linked by an overall increase in accidents, where in most cases the main contributing factor is human related. Current training, more focused on preparing the license test than in safety training skills, is...
Conference Paper
ISI) and fatigue related functional impairment (FSS). Future research should test this theoretical model in other medically ill populations with comorbid insomnia and significant fatigue. The model implies that a fatigue-focused component targeting fatigue perceptions and fatigue management may become an important addition to the insomnia treatment...
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Authors Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the highest cause of death in the post-neonatal period. According to the Triple Risk Model (Kinney et al, 2009), SIDS results when three factors simultaneously influence the infant: (a) an underlying vulnerability in the infant, (b) a critical developmental period, and (c) an exogenous stressor. Considering e...
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The flexibility of the footwear determines to a great extent the comfort while walking. With hardly flexible footwear the fatigue is increased, the gate is impeded and the probability of rubbing on the heels is high. These are the reasons that have led to the navarra company SEMIC, assessed by Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV), to develop an innovativ...
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Automotive Companies have to gather a holistic set of information regarding their products from their customers. In order to be holistic, the set of information needs to contain performance and feature oriented requirements as well as subjective criteria like sensory quality perception. The purpose of the presented study is to define consumers’ aff...
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Sound quality can be described as the relation between the perceptual reactions that reflect the customer’s acceptance of a product that generates sound. Initially, A-weighted sound level was the only parameter used in the acoustic assessment. Since the 1950s, psychoacoustic investigations have contributed to enhance the correlation between hearing...
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In the context of a trend for the improvement of the environment and the quality of life, a series of research lines exist, supported at the National and European levels, with priorities oriented to a new concept of vehicle that reduces pollution levels and space saturation in our cities, adapted to the present needs. With these antecedents, IBV is...
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Acoustic perception by passengers has been studied by numerous authors in the field of sound quality, since it is considered to be one of the most important factors in how passengers assess comfort in a high-speed train. In the railway industry, operators are currently studying the acoustic comfort of passengers using the conventional parameter ref...
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Thermal comfort of passengers and drivers is one of the main concerns of the automotive industry due to its influence on overall comfort. Although manufacturers have been introducing air-conditioning systems inside the vehicle for this purpose, it is necessary to design seats using new materials and heating and ventilation systems to guarantee comf...
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El Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) ha desarrollado un proyecto con el grupo PERMASA destinado a generar criterios de diseño de espacios de trabajo de alto rendimiento, aprovechando la oportunidad que ofrecen las nuevas Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones y los diseños de mobiliario actual. La generación de criterios está b...
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El desarrollo de criterios de diseño de mobiliario escolar destinado a alumnos de Enseñanza Primaria y ESO para un uso seguro, saludable, cómodo y eficaz de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones o TIC es una necesidad creciente. Además, este mobiliario debe adaptarse al aumento de las dimensiones corporales de los niños causado por...

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In this project I am working in collaboration with engineers and specialists in motorcycle safety and safety system development to characterize and understand the control actions used by motorcycle and scooter riders in emergency maneuvers and regular riding tasks. On current project involves characterizing the coordination patterns and response timing in emergency braking maneuvers. More recently I have begun to investigate the differences and interaction between controlling the motorcycle's trajectory through steer inputs versus body displacement (as in hang-off), and the associated differences in muscle coordination patterns. Through these methods we hope to better understand the elegant and mostly intuitive interaction between rider and powered two-wheeled vehicle that is both the source of its attraction and increased risk compared to 4-wheeled vehicle travel.