Another Member for Test Bed Aiming to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions on UK Roads

UK – With transport as a whole being the UK’s second largest emitting sector of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), two thirds of which are related to road transport, efforts to counter the problem are being stepped up. This week Highways England, the wholly government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads, has joined the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) is a London-based real-world connected environment for testing and developing future transport and mobility solutions. The SMLL Innovation Community brings together a range of stakeholders including network mobile operators, vehicle manufacturers and industry experts such as Nissan, Imperial College and Cisco, to create a multi-million pound joint initiative between industry and government to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, carbon neutral, transport system.

The aim of Highways England joining the SMLL test bed is to further conversations and research into intelligent transport solutions, to ultimately help reach the government’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Phil Proctor Head of Research at Highways England commented: “I’m excited that Highways England is joining the Smart Mobility Living Lab Community.

It will support our future decision making for the strategic road network by facilitating collaborative working and unlocking knowledge that will create new opportunities and improve the future of mobility. I look forward to sharing expertise across this Community and accelerating the delivery of Highways England’s strategic goals and commitments.” SMLL, a TRL company, provides a London-based real-world connected environment for testing and developing future transport and mobility solutions.

It enables businesses to see a digital version of an entire connected environment, from components, cars and trucks, the roads they drive on, the infrastructure supporting them, the way a service is delivered as well as studying the environmental impact. The test bed can demonstrate and evaluate the use, performance, safety and benefits of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology and Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) in a real-world city environment. On the announcement of the new cooperation Paul Zanelli, Director of Strategic Ventures at TRL said:

“We are delighted to welcome Highways England to the Community. The Highways England vision and mission is the bedrock for innovation on our strategic network. Our members will benefit from their long-term view, necessary to make infrastructure changes, and Highways England will benefit from the immediate disruptive ideas our disparate members bring to the table to improve the customer experience.

Their collaboration will create insight to drive new strategic initiatives, accelerating the UK’s delivery of a modern transport system rich in social value.”

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