Share of road
The National Infrastructure Commission has launched its Roads for the Future contest to generate ideas for preparing the UK road network for connected and autonomous vehicles. Core competition issues are adapted existing infrastructure, driverless and driven vehicle road-sharing, plus the introduction of charging networks for electric cars.
A share of up to £200,000 is available for innovations around road design, management and use, along with maximising the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles. Up to £150,000 will be made ready for five feasibility study projects. Once successful applicants have completed their projects, the best initiative will be awarded an additional £50,000.
“We’re seeing a revolution on our roads, as more and more people move away from the traditional petrol and diesel car and towards new electric vehicles – the next step, driverless cars, will make an even bigger impact,” the NIC says.