Project to explore new concept of public transport on UK motorways
A newly-announced project will use autonomous technology to re-imagine the UK’s motorways as an extensive public transport network using self-driving, electric vehicles and roadside stations.
The vision of ‘Motorway Mobility’ is to use the existing motorway infrastructure together with autonomous vehicles and new transport hubs near to the motorway.
The Connected Places Catapult’s (CPC) ‘Motorway Mobility’ project, funded by Highways England and supported by innovative vehicle manufacturer Arrival, could provide a whole new mode of high capacity, demand responsive public transport.
The vision of ‘Motorway Mobility’ is to use the existing motorway infrastructure together with autonomous vehicles and new transport hubs near to the motorway, to provide new or more frequent services between a wide variety of locations across the country.
The Connected Places Catapult and other industry experts suggest autonomous vehicles could significantly reduce the cost of providing public transport for operators and provide a means to reduce private car use and congestion.
This concept enables a new way of delivering public transport, with a larger number of smaller vehicles which could better respond to passenger demand and reduce waiting times and journey times.
Motorway Mobility would also make new route options possible, particularly in areas that are not well served by existing public transport services.
About Connected Places Catapult
The new Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow.
It focuses on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness.
The Connected Places Catapult operates at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities.
It convenes the disparate parts of the market to help innovators navigate the complexity of doing business, creating new commercial opportunities and improving productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits for places.