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A raft of funding for sustainable transport was announced in the recent budget.

This includes a £100 million investment into the research and development of Intelligent Mobility. This funding is to focus upon driverless cars and the systems needed to support their introduction, including telecommunications.

 

Announcing this initiative within the National Recovery part of his speech, Chancellor George Osborne said: “we’re going to back our brilliant automotive industry by investing £100 million to stay ahead in the race to driverless technology.”

The £100 million investment will be matched by a similar commitment from businesses.

Business secretary, Vince Cable, said: “Today’s £200m investment will ensure the UK stays at the cutting edge and is well placed to profit from the growing market for high-tech vehicles of the future – creating jobs and driving economic growth.”

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment.

Companies can now bid for a share of the funding through a series of competitions. Projects are expected to show the automotive, IT, telecoms and infrastructure sectors working together. They will aim to show how driverless cars would connect to the transport system and to each other.

This funding announcement follows the launch of driverless car trials in four British cities: Milton Keynes, Coventry, Bristol and Greenwich in London. Public interaction with the vehicles will be tested alongside the technology involved.

If you are interested in researching and developing sustainable transport technology, talk to the team at EValu8. We are aware of the funding opportunities available plus collaborative possibilities within consortiums applying for funding.

 

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