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GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) is an £8m research project, led by TRL, to understand and overcome the technical, legal and societal challenges of implementing automated vehicles in an urban environment.

Taking place in TRL’s UK Smart Mobility Lab in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the project will trial and validate a series of different use cases for automated vehicles, including driverless shuttles and automated urban deliveries.

Results will help both industry and policymakers understand the implications of automated vehicles and deliver a safe and validated test environment in the UK, driving job creation and investment in a rapidly emerging technology area.

Project objectives


The safe and efficient integration of sophisticated automated transport systems into complex real world smart city environments.


The technical, cultural, societal and legal challenges and barriers to adoption surrounding automated vehicles.


Industry, public bodies and the wider public to engage with autonomous transport technology.


Valuable, exploitable knowledge of the systems required for the effective validation, deployment, management and integration of automated transport within a smart city environment.


A validated test bed in the heart of London for the evaluation of next generation automated transport systems, including the detailed testing protocols and benchmark data for independent verification of automated systems.


UK PLC at the forefront of the global connected and autonomous vehicle marketplace, encouraging inward investment and job creation.

Who’s involved?

GATEway comprises a consortium of leading companies and academic institutions. The project is led by TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, which has over 50 years’ experience in vehicle automation. Other partners in the consortium include:

Led by:

Supported by:

CCAV, CAV, Autonomous vehicles, cars

The project is also supported by a high quality, multidisciplinary advisory group, chaired by Lord Borwick of Hawkshead – who has led debates in the House of Lords on vehicle automation. This group includes representatives from the police, road safety organisations, vehicle manufacturers, road operators and public authorities.