We led this exciting £8million project that aims to understand how automated vehicles can fit into our future urban mobility needs, and the barriers we must overcome before these vehicles become a reality on our roads. Our work has established a London centre of expertise for automated transport – UK Smart Mobility Living Lab

The challenge

The project demonstrated the safe and efficient integration of sophisticated automated transport system into a real world urban environment. We sought to understand the challenges and barriers to automated vehicles from a technical, cultural, societal and legal perspective.

Through our learning and development in this field we inspired and engage the public with the potential of automated transport technology. 

Our approach

GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) brought together a wealth of knowledge from leading technology companies and academic institutions to help us deliver a truly innovative and exciting project.

The research was carried out in TRL’s own state-of-the-art UK Smart Mobility Lab in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, where we test and validate automated and driverless vehicles and technologies.

‘Automated vehicles will revolutionise the way in which we move people, goods and services around urban areas with predicted benefits to safety, efficiency, the environment and mobility.’ – Professor Nick Reed, Director at TRL and GATEway Technical Lead.

The results

The project generated valuable, exploitable knowledge of the systems and technology needed to operate and integrate automated transport in a complex, city environment. Through this project we have already created a centre of expertise for automated transport right in the heart of London, generating jobs and investment in this rapidly emerging technology area.  

All of the reports generated from the project can be found on the GATEway project website.

The three reports for which TRL was responsible are

PPR858 - Trial 1 Deployment of a micro-transit vehicle in a real-world environment

PPR859 - Safety and Insurance: Ensuring safety for autonomous vehicle trials

The final project summary report


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