The council will create a driverless shuttle service for moving people and goods across the UK town’s major stadium as well as invest in drones for enhancing security and robots for goods delivery and hospitality.
Milton Keynes Council has secured more than £4m of new funding including £2.3m from Government to create and test mobility services using 5G technology.
The initiative will be run at Stadium MK, home of the MK Dons football club, and builds on a £10m investment already made by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), industry and academic partners.
The council plans to invest the funding into driverless shuttles and road vehicles for moving people and goods across the stadium site, autonomous surveillance vehicles and drones for enhancing security, and testing out robots and drones for goods delivery and hospitality use.
“This is another important step in Milton Keynes’ journey as a modern, sustainable and forward-looking city for the future,” said council leader Pete Marland.
He added: “Smart city projects like ours can do a lot to inspire and empower other major venues around the world to create better, greener experiences for visitors and staff, and boost their efficiency.”
The project will start in February and run until March 2022. The council will lead the project with partners including BT, Appyway Parking, RDM, Imperium Drive, Metaswitch, MK Dons, Neutral Wireless, City Fibre, Smart City, Connected Places and Satellite Applications Catapults.
“Smart city projects like ours can do a lot to inspire and empower other major venues around the world to create better, greener experiences for visitors and staff, and boost their efficiency”
Matt Warman, digital infrastructure minister, said: “I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Milton Keynes Council and MK Dons to demonstrate the exciting future ahead for Britain’s biggest stadium venues.
“Our 5G Create funding will test potential uses for 5G drones, driverless vehicles and robots to boost efficiency and create better experiences for visitors and I look forward to sharing the valuable insights gained from this trial with venues across the country.”
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