We were delighted to welcome Transport Minister John Hayes to the Smart Mobility Living Lab : London (SMLL), home of the GATEway Project, in Mitre Passage recently.
The Minister was welcomed by TRL’s CEO Rob Wallis and Trevor Dorling, MD of DG Cities who showcased vehicles and technology from both GATEway and MOVE_UK – two of the current connected and autonomous vehicle projects (CAV) taking place in the Smart Mobility Living Lab: London, a real-world urban test bed.
The Minister was able to view one of the new GATEway driverless pods, which from December will be operating as an autonomous fleet around the Greenwich peninsula transporting members of the public between important transport hubs and points of interest.
This is the final phase of the GATEway project and this pubic trial is looking to engage with as many people as possible to understand their perceptions and attitudes to driverless vehicles and explore the impact this technology might have on our cities. You can find out more about how you can engage with these driverless pods by keeping an eye on this website or following us on Twitter @GATEway_TRL.
Whilst there the Minister also had a close look at a modified Jaguar Landrover, currently being used as part of the MOVE_UK project. Also based at the Smart Mobility Living Lab : London, MOVE_UK aims to collect data on real-world driving in order to further develop the validation of its advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and accelerate the arrival of self-driving cars on the UK’s streets.
Following the visit, the Second Reading of the Automotive and Electric (AEV) Bill took place in the House of Commons.
With the automotive industry set to be worth up to £50 billion to the UK economy by 2035, the AEV Bill will allow innovation to flourish and ensure the next wave of self-driving technology is invented, designed and operated safely in the UK.
The Bill will increase the access and availability of chargepoints for electric cars, requiring Motorway services and large petrol retailers to install them, while also enabling drivers of automated cars to be insured on UK roads.
GATEway is jointly funded by government and industry. The government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility fund is administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
To find out more about how you can engage with the Smart Mobility Living Lab : London visit www.smartmobility.london