TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY BOARD 21 August 2008 Steering Towards Smarter Travel Choices • New research will look at how to make travelling more efficient and costMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2008View Source
TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY BOARD
21 August 2008
Steering Towards Smarter Travel Choices
• New research will look at how to make travelling more efficient and cost
• Over £7m to be invested in adapting and developing technology to help
people to make better travel choices
The Government is to invest over £7m in new research that will adapt and develop
technology to help us to make smarter personal travel choices.
The aim of the research, which will be funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is to
pave the way towards alternative methods of planning travel. By adapting existing
technology, and developing cutting edge innovation, the research will help to find the
best ways for people to access and use reliable, accurate and credible information to
plan their journeys.
Commenting today on its Informed Personal Travel research and development funding
opportunity, the Technology Strategy Board’s Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said:
“Travelling smarter means lowering costs, encountering fewer delays – and reducing
frustration. To help achieve all this, we need to develop innovative solutions that will
enable us to plan journeys, and to keep us informed en route. The aim of this research
is to find these solutions whilst creating exciting UK business opportunities at the same
The £7m investment will provide partial funding for winning projects that best address
these issues, and which involve businesses working collaboratively with other
businesses or with research organisations and academic institutions.
Stephen Hart, who leads the Technology Strategy Board’s work in the area of Intelligent
Transport Systems and Services, added: “We want to develop innovative solutions that
are likely to improve the quality of travel when planning and executing personal journeys.
There is no single technology that will provide the answers, and no single industry sector
– information and communication technology, electronics, photonics, electrical systems
and the creative industries may all have contributions to make.”
“We will look at proposals that adapt existing technology, so that it can be used in new
ways” he added. “This might include, for example, the internet, radio and TV, mobile
phone technology and positioning systems. And we will consider proposals that will
develop new applications and technologies. We are really looking forward to seeing
what proposals are made.”
Expressions of interest to apply for funding must be submitted between 10 November
and 18 December, and full proposals by 5 March 2009. Successful projects will be
notified by April 2009. Further information about this opportunity, including details of
information days and guidance on how to submit a proposal, can be found at [add link].
Notes to Editors
1. The Informed Personal Travel research and development funding opportunity is
managed by the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITSS) Innovation Platform, which
is a programme of the Technology Strategy Board. The ITSS Innovation Platform
sets out to provide interventions and financial support to overcome barriers in
implementing effective solutions with Intelligent Transport Systems. The primary
aim is to work to overcome issues associated with people travel and traffic related
issues such as traffic network management, congestion, user travel information,
safety, crime and infrastructure and vehicle connectivity. For further information
about the ITSS Innovation Platform please visit:
2. Informed Personal Travel is the third funding initiative managed by the ITSS
Innovation Platform. Previous initiatives were for Future Intelligent Transport
Systems and Time, Distance and Place road pricing. A total of over £13m is
being invested in projects emerging from these initiatives, including contributions
from the Department for Transport and the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC).
3. Further financial contributions to the initiative, from the regional development
agencies, are anticipated.
4. The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental
public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support
research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for
the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the
quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and
Skills (DIUS). For further information please visit www.innovateuk.org.
5. To arrange an interview with a technologist at the Technology Strategy Board
please contact the media relations manager; details below.
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