Research funds on offer for smarter travel

The UK Government is to invest over £7m in research that will help people to make better-informed choices about their personal travel.

The aim of the research, which will be funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is to pave the way towards alternative methods of planning travel. By adapting and developing existing technology, the research will help to find the best ways for people to access and use reliable, accurate and credible information to plan their journeys.

The £7m investment will provide partial funding for winning projects that best address these issues, and which involve businesses working collaboratively with other businesses or with research organisations and academic institutions.

Stephen Hart, who leads the Technology Strategy Board’s work in the area of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, commented: “We want to develop innovative solutions that are likely to improve the quality of travel when planning and executing personal journeys. There is no single technology that will provide the answers, and no single industry sector – information and communication technology, electronics, photonics, electrical systems and the creative industries may all have contributions to make.”

“We will look at proposals that adapt existing technology, so that it can be used in new ways,” he added.  “This might include, for example, the Internet, radio and TV, mobile phone technology and positioning systems. And we will consider proposals that will develop new applications and technologies. We are really looking forward to seeing what proposals are made.”

The Informed Personal Travel R&D funding opportunity is managed by the TSB's Intelligent Transport Systems (ITSS) Innovation Platform. It sets out to provide interventions and financial support to overcome barriers in implementing effective solutions with intelligent transport systems.

Further information, including details of information days and guidance on how to submit a proposal, will be published on the Technology Strategy Board website.


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