The Government has announced a £2m fund to help councils capitalise on emerging technologies and ‘deliver better journeys’ for motorists.
Launched yesterday (11 August), the ‘cooperative-intelligent transport systems’ (C-ITS) funding competition will be managed by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Examples include technology that will allow vehicles to communicate with each other and roadside sensors to provide drivers with real-time traffic information.
Councils will also be encouraged to look at how warnings about changing weather and traffic conditions can be sent directly to vehicles to enable drivers can plan ahead.
Bids are expected to range between £30,000 and £300,000 with councils expected to provide at least 5% of their project’s cost.
Councils across England will have until the end of September to apply for the funding and the successful bidders will be announced in November. Schemes will be expected to be complete by March 2018.
Andrew Jones, roads minister, said: “I want to deliver better, more enjoyable journeys and this £2m fund will help councils invest in new technology to enhance the experience of driving.
“Britain has a proud history of innovation and I am delighted that councils will be able to use this money to develop systems to make journeys easier and safer.”
Click here to view the application guidelines.