The Smart Mobility Living Lab will make use of a set of real-world test routes in and around the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Insurance companies, Aviva and Hastings Direct, are joining forces with oil and gas giant BP and Honda R&D Europe to accelerate the development of future transport systems for smart cities.
The companies are the founder members of a three-year shared research programme (SRP), led by the UK-based Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in a strategic partnership with DG Cities, the commercial arm of Digital Greenwich.
They will develop, test and validate new road transport technologies, services, and business operating models that will underpin the transformational change taking place in transportation.
The members of the SRP will use a £19 million joint investment from UK Government and industry in the establishment of a London connected test environment for future transport and mobility solutions: the Smart Mobility Living Lab: London (SMLL). This will have the infrastructure and facilities to undertake real world trials to help develop more intelligent, safe, sustainable and joined up transport systems.
SMLL is a set of real-world test routes in and around the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The companies claim the routes will provide the most complex urban, real-world test and validation environment in the world involving the general public.
“We are delighted to announce the participation of these prestigious companies as founding members in this important and ambitious research programme,” said Trevor Dorling, managing director of DG Cities, who together with TRL will manage the programme under the direction of the founding members. “The research will provide valuable insights into the way transport is changing and its impact on business, cities and residents.”
Sharing resources, knowledge, insight, and resulting intellectual property, the founder members will select and direct research activities that give them unique insight and early access to the emergent smart mobility market.
“The research will provide valuable insights into the way transport is changing and its impact on business, cities and residents”
Results from their research will allow members to play a pivotal role in the design of sustainable new transport systems. New members will be recruited to the programme.
Roy Williamson, BP, vice president, advanced mobility said: “From electrification to automation, the way that people and things move around the world is changing. BP is very excited to be part of SMLL; it gives us a real life environment to test and bring our mobility strategy to life, and to get it right for consumers.
"The added bonus is we get to work with like-minded partners on the big questions and challenges facing mobility in our cities.”
The shared research programme is open to any organisation or private enterprise wishing to research or trial technology for connected and autonomous vehicles, electrification, or new forms of mobility service. SMEs will be assisted to find suitable partners to collaborate on R&D. The technologies and business models that demonstrate performance and societal benefits in this environment could integrate into thousands of urban environments globally.
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