Steering towards smarter travel choices

21 Aug 2008

New research will look at how to make travelling more efficient and cost effective

Over £7m to be invested in adapting and developing technology to help people to make better travel choices

The Government is to invest over £7m in new research that will adapt and develop technology to help us to make smarter personal travel choices.

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 existing technology, and developing cutting edge innovation, the research will help to find the best ways for people to access and use reliable, accurate and credible information to plan their journeys.

Commenting today on its Informed Personal Travel research and development funding opportunity, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said: "Travelling smarter means lowering costs, encountering fewer delays - and reducing frustration.  To help achieve all this, we need to develop innovative solutions that will enable us to plan journeys, and to keep us informed en route.  The aim of this research is to find these solutions whilst creating exciting UK business opportunities at the same time".

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, added: "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."

Expressions of interest to apply for funding must be submitted between 10 November and 18 December, and full proposals by 5 March 2009.  Successful projects will be notified by April 2009. 

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Last updated on Wednesday 27 August 2008 at 13:04

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