Mobility in the lab
A UK grouping headed by mobility innovation outfit The Transport Research Laboratory has been awarded £13.4 million of government funding to create a ‘Smart Mobility Living Lab’ in London. The aim is to develop a real-world urban test bed demonstrating the use, performance and benefits of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.
The Living Lab will be established as an open-innovation environment enabling innovators from the automotive sector, transport service and technology providers, SMEs, local and central government and research bodies, to come together and develop smart mobility technical and business solutions.
The SMLL adds to TRL’s portfolio of future transport and mobility solutions, focused on highly-automated, self-driving vehicles; intelligent, connected infrastructure and vehicles; low carbon technologies and electrification; plus shared mobility services.
TRL was recently awarded the UK’s £8 million HGV platooning project to test the use of moving vehicles in convoys. Platooning promises to boost fuel economy as the trucks travel closer together and reduce aerodynamic drag.