Participant Information and Consent

A survey is being conducted by Loughborough Design School, to understand the experiences and needs of people with regard to future cars and identify some of the key challenges for future vehicle design.

It takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Please read each question carefully before answering There are no right or wrong answers, so please respond freely and honestly.

We are very interested in your personal experiences and opinions. The findings will be used to help direct future research in vehicle design.

Please only participate if you are over the age of 18 and hold a valid driver's licence. If not, thank you for volunteering but please do not continue.

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of this study is to understand the design requirements for future vehicles. The objective of this study is to determine the needs of the occupants. The result of this study will enable the research team to explore design solutions to address these identified needs.

Who is doing this research and why?

The research will be carried out by Christopher Wilson who is a PhD student at Loughborough Design School. This study is part of a Student research project supported by Loughborough University.

Are there any exclusion criteria?

Yes, in order to participate you will need to be over 18 years of age.

What will I be asked to do?

This study is a short 5 to 10 minute online survey

What are the benefits of participation?

Sincere gratitude

Once I take part, can I change my mind?

If at any time, before, during or after the survey you wish to withdraw from the study please just contact the main investigator.  You can withdraw at any time, for any reason and you will not be asked to explain your reasons for withdrawing. However, once the results of the study has been submitted (expected to be by 12/2019), it may not be possible to withdraw your individual data from the research.

How long will it take?

The survey should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes.

Are there any disadvantages or risks in participating?

There are no risks in participating in this study.

Data Protection Privacy Notice

Loughborough University will be using information/data from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that the University is responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

What personal information will be collected from me and how will it be used?

Age and gender will be collected as part of this study. However, there will be no identifiable data collected and you will remain anonymous.

What is the legal basis for processing my personal information?

Personal data will be processed on the legitimate interest basis. Individuals’ rights to erasure and data portability do not apply if you are processing on the basis of legitimate interest. However, individuals do have a right to object.

How will the anonymised data/results collected from me be used?

The results of this study will be used as part of the researchers PhD thesis, as well as journal publications and conference proceedings.

I have some more questions; who should I contact?

If you have further questions, please contact Christopher Wilson (

What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?

If you are not happy with how the research was conducted, please contact the Secretary of the Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee, Research Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.  Tel: 01509 222423.  Email:

The University also has policies relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which are available online at .

If you require any further information regarding the General Data Protection Regulations, please see:

This survey will collect no identifiable data, and any data collected will be handled in strict confidence. 

Supervisor Contact Details:

Prof Diane Gyi                        

Prof Andrew Morris                


1.1. Having read the informed consent sheet, do you accept taking part in this research? Required