A share of up to £200k is available for ideas to improve the road system in order to maximise the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
The Government is looking to award £30k to each of the highest-ranking applications and is expecting to fund up to five projects.
Once the successful applicants have completed their projects, the National Infrastructure Commission will award a further £50k to the applicant judged to have developed the best project.
The competition – which is open to organisations of any size, age or type – covers three broad themes:
- Road design, including road-related infrastructure
- Traffic management
- Road rules and regulations
The UK Government has repeatedly expressed its desire to be a world leader when it comes to CAVs.
Driverless cars could be tested on UK roads for the first time in 2018 – as a result of new regulations set out in the November 2017 budget.
In addition, small convoys of ‘partially driverless lorries’ will undergo trials on British roads by the end of 2018.
The £8.1m ‘platooning’ trial will see up to three heavy goods vehicles travelling in convoy, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle.
Click here for more information about the competition. The deadline for applications is 7 March 2018 (12pm), with successful projects expected to get underway on 25 May 2018.