Registration is open for vehicle connectivity, autonomy and interactivity event

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways July 29, 2015 09:00

Registration is open for vehicle connectivity, autonomy and interactivity event


Earlier this month the government announced the launch of a £20 million competitive fund for collaborative research and development into driverless vehicles, along with a code of practice for testing plus formation of a new policy unit to co-ordinate government policy on driverless cars and connected technology.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million in collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies (delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of BIS) to stimulate developments in autonomous vehicles and connected transport systems.

A year on from the Introducing driverless cars to UK roads competition, that provided £10 million (subsequently increased to £19 million) for three projects testing autonomous vehicles in real-life scenarios, testing on public roads can begin in earnest, upon publication of the Department for Transport’s code of practice for testing.

The Spring, pre-election, budget in March 2015 offered further potential support, promising £100 million of investment into research and development of intelligent mobility, matched by funding from industry to total £200 million.

Although that commitment made by the previous Government, is subject to the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review launched recently by the Chancellor (to be published on 25 November 2015), Innovate UK’s Connected and autonomous vehicles competition is offering the initial part of that investment to encourage development of connected and autonomous vehicles.

The focus for the Connected and autonomous vehicles competition will be on connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction – along with catalysing new business models.

The deadline for applications is at noon on 30 September 2015.

As for last year’s competition, KTN will be involved in briefing and networking activities for potential applicants – to be held in London for 4 August 2015.

Registration details for the briefing and networking event is as follows:

4 August 2015: Driverless Cars Competition Briefing, Grand Connaught Rooms, 61 – 65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA

4 August 2015: Driverless Cars Competition Briefing by Webinar

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways July 29, 2015 09:00