17 Sep 2014
Driverless cars feature of integrated transport project led by Loughborough
Loughborough University is set to lead a £600,000 project which will help the government in its aim to introduce a fully integrated transport system complete with driverless cars.
Loughborough, along with De Montfort, Nottingham Trent, and Coventry universities, has been awarded a contract to support the Transport System Catapult’s (TSC) work on how to move people and goods around the country in the best way possible.
The TSC, a technology and innovations centre, aims to make transport smarter through a concept called Intelligent Mobility (IM) and is spending £150m over the next five years.
The four universities have been tasked with delivering a programme that will lead to better collaboration between academia and industry in IM.
The three-year partnership between the universities is called IMPART – Intelligent Mobility Partnership – Midlands Centre of Excellence – and it will build a new collaboration between academics, business and industry to generate new products and services.
A major theme of IM is the driverless car and, while the UK trails the likes of America – Google expect to have perfected theirs by 2018 – the government is determined to catch up.
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