by Tiana May
02 Feb 2023
81 million GBP in joint government and industry funding has been awarded to seven projects that aim to develop self-driving transport technology in the UK.
These grants are part of the UK’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Connected and Automated Mobility programme.
The funding recipients are:
Almost 600,000 GBP is also being awarded for feasibility studies exploring how self-driving technology could improve public transport in four parts of the UK.
These projects will look into potential routes for automated vehicles to operate away from other traffic in order to relieve congestion on the A414 through Hertfordshire and Essex, parts of Eastern Cambridge, Birmingham and Solihull, and Milton Keynes.
“In just a few years’ time, the business of self-driving vehicles could add tens of billions to our economy and create tens of thousands of jobs across the UK. This is a massive opportunity to drive forward our priority to grow the economy, which we are determined to seize.
“The support we are providing today will help our transport and technology pioneers steal a march on the global competition, by turning their bright ideas into market-ready products sooner than anyone else.”
Proponents of self-driving technology believe that such vehicles could revolutionise public transport and help better connect rural communities, while also reducing road collisions caused by human error.
Some forecasts predict that by 2035, 40% of new UK car sales will have self-driving capabilities. The total market value for connected and automated mobility could then be worth 41.7 billion GBP to the UK.
“Self-driving vehicles including buses will positively transform people’s everyday lives – making it easier to get around, access vital services and improve regional connectivity.
“We’re supporting and investing in the safe rollout of this incredible technology to help maximise its full potential, while also creating skilled jobs and boosting growth in this important sector.”
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Transport for London and London Councils have launched the second phase of London’s shared e-scooter trial, operated by Dott, Lime and Voi.
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The UK Transport Committee has published a report on the future of self-driving vehicles and the required laws and regulations for their use.
Uber Boat by Thames Clipper has launched Europe's first hybrid high-speed passenger ferry in on the river Thames in London, UK.
The UK government has awarded £80 million in Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) funding to help decarbonise the maritime sector.
The EV Network and bp pulse have opened the UK’s largest public EV charging facility at the NEC Birmingham.
Amazon has expanded its rollout of e-cargo delivery bikes to Scotland, following the launch of its fleets in London and Manchester last year.
The UK government has introduced a revenue certainty scheme to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The UK government's Department for Transport (DfT) has published a new code of practice for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).
From 29 August, London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has expanded city-wide to help improve air quality across the UK capital.
Durham County Council has launched a pilot scheme to allow people without a driveway to charge their electric vehicles (EV) at home.
Royal Mail and Skyports Drone Services have announced the launch of the Orkney I-Port drone delivery project.
BT Group's start-up, Etc. will conduct technical pilots to assess the viability of repurposing its street cabinets into EV chargers.
Over 50 organisations in the UK have written a joint letter to Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak calling for e-scooter legalisation.
Virgin Atlantic and Rolls-Royce have announced that the world’s first 100% SAF transatlantic flight is set to take off on 28 November.
The Department for Transport has contracted TRL and WMG to provide recommendations on future technical requirements for e-scooters in the UK.
Redbridge Council has chosen Siemens and ubitricity to expand the borough's electric vehicle charging network with lamp post charge points.
The DfT and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles have published research into how people view self-driving vehicles.
Amey and technology company Finboot are partnering to deploy blockchain technology to improve rail possession planning in the UK.
Transport for West Midlands has selected FOD Mobility Group to help design and develop a new mobility as a service (MaaS) app for the region.
TIER has been selected by the West of England Combined Authority to take over shared micromobility services in Bristol and Bath.
Ferrovial has partnered with Milligan to identify and develop vertiport sites in the UK for urban air mobility operations.
The University of Plymouth is part of a consortium that has secured funding to deliver marine charging infrastructure across the south coast.
Construction is now underway on the UK's first 'mobility hub' in Ancoats, Manchester, which aims to take parked cars off local roads.
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The University of Nottingham has completed a study investigating how visual displays help autonomous cars communicate with pedestrians.
Imperium Drive has launched its Fetch car rental service in Milton Keynes, using remote driving technology to deliver vehicles to customers.
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UK-based aircraft lessor, MONTE has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to order up to 30 electric commuter Alice aircraft from Eviation.
HumanForest has raised 12 million GBP in Series A funding to expand its e-bike fleet in London and operate in five new boroughs.
Bolt has launched a new Bolt Black Cab offering that allows users to order a London black cab through the Bolt platform.
Beryl and Fujitsu have launched a research project to improve the efficiency and sustainability of e-scooter operations on the Isle of Wight.
Ford has received DfT approval to launch its “hands-off, eyes-on” advanced driver assistance system, BlueCruise on motorways in Britain.
Asda customers in West London can now have their shopping delivered using Wayve's self-driving vehicles as part of a year-long pilot.
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Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new plan to promote and expand the use of cargo bikes within the capital.
Micromobility operator, TIER Mobility is deploying its improved E-bike 3 model for the first time in London, UK.
Through a partnership with Unicard, Solent Transport has become the first UK local authority to gain accreditation to sell rail tickets.
APCOA Parking Group has partnered with bp pulse to establish more than 100 EV fast charging hubs across Europe.
The European Transport Safety Council and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety outline e-scooter safety recommendations.
Aberystwyth University is constructing a large-scale robotic testbed for off-road autonomous vehicles and last-mile delivery services.
The UK government has announced 60 million GBP in government funding to advance technologies that can help decarbonise the maritime sector.
E-scooter hire company Voi has called on the government to set a clear date for e-scooter legislation "to secure the future of the industry".
The UK government has announced a £113m investment in hydrogen and all-electric flight technologies in order to "unlock guilt-free flights".
Voi has commenced a four-month trial operating a Biliti Electric tuk-tuk for battery swapping and e-scooter maintenance in Bristol.
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OVO Energy and Kaluza are partnering with Volkswagen UK and smart charging company, Indra to launch a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) trial.
Liverpool City Council has selected Shell's subsidiary, ubitricity to install a network of 300 EV charging points into existing lampposts.
ZeroAvia has successfully tested its 19-seat Dornier 228 aircraft, powered partly with a full-size hydrogen-electric engine.
The City of London has announced that restrictions on Britain’s first 24/7 ‘zero-emission street' could be introduced permanently.
The UK government and Ofgem have released a plan that would benefit drivers by making it cheaper for them to run their electric vehicles.
Lambeth Council plans to transform kerbside parking in the London borough into areas such as bus lanes and EV charging points.
Leclanché SA has been selected to provide the battery technology for two hybrid vessels that will be operated by Brittany Ferries.
The UK government has announced 7 million GBP in funding to decarbonise and improve freight transportation through emerging technologies.
Siemens Mobility, the University of York and British Solar Renewables have won funding to develop new ways of powering UK railways.
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Active Travel England is investing 32.9m GBP in establishing a network of experts to improve high streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
The UK government has provided funding to Virgin Atlantic to operate the world's first net zero transatlantic flight in 2023 using 100% SAF.
The ORR has published its first report on safety on the strategic road network and says National Highways must deliver better performance.
UK Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, has responded to a question in UK Parliament on whether the DfT will legalise the use of helmets.
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Amazon has expanded its UK e-cargo bike fleet with the launch of three additional micromobility delivery hubs in Manchester and London.
Rolls-Royce and easyJet have run an aircraft engine on hydrogen power. This is designed as a stepping stone towards hydrogen-powered flight.
The Mayor of London has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to cover all boroughs in Greater London.
Moove has partnered with PAUA to develop an end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) charging network for ride-hailing drivers in London.
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WMG at the University of Warwick has presented technology allowing autonomous cars to merge onto motorways with improved levels of safety.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has invested 145,000 GBP in a new scheme that provides bike libraries for local communities.
Voi has partnered with WMG and Bumblebee Power to trial the use of wireless e-scooter charging at the University of Warwick.
Transport for the North has opened a consultation on a new draft strategy that aims to increase access to public transport.
UK delivery company, DPD has become the first company to sign up to First Bus's charging scheme at its Caledonia Depot in Glasgow.
Following new guidance from the DfT, TfL has announced that its rental e-scooter trials would be extended in the capital.
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HumanForest has unveiled its latest e-bike model, which aims to make its services more accessible and efficient in London.
Neuron Mobility has published research revealing that each of its e-scooters in the UK contributes 11,500 GBP a year to local businesses.
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Glasgow City Council has become the UK's first local authority to install cycle-activated electronic signs to improve safety on its roads.
Nottingham City Council and Cenex have launched a trial that allows taxi drivers to repower their electric vehicles with wireless charging.
Campaign for Better Transport has revealed that 49% of people support a pay-as-you-drive scheme, while only 18 percent oppose the idea.
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In partnership with Westminster City Council, Veolia is deploying a fleet of street cleaning e-bikes across Westminster, London.
Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new 100% electric EF-24 high-speed passenger ferry that will operate in Northern Ireland.
Three cycle and bus lane schemes introduced during the pandemic will now be implemented permanently in London.
L-Charge is starting trials of its ultra-fast mobile electric vehicle (EV) charging service in London from the beginning of September 2022.
Voi has partnered with long-distance coach provider, FlixBus to offer discount codes for multi-modal travel in the UK and Germany.
Uber is partnering with Moove to supply an additional 10,000 electric vehicles to ride-hailing drivers in London.
Hyundai's research revealed that self-charging cars, flying cars and public transport to space top the future mobility wish list of children.
Octopus Energy and National Grid ESO have conducted the first successful integration of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in Great Britain.
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Scotland's first autonomous vehicle passenger service is being piloted at Inverness Campus using a Navya Autonom shuttle.
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