Cubic Transportation Systems have opened its Innovation Centre in London for, as it says, “the advancement of mobility solutions that address the global transportation needs of the future”.
The company says that, through the Cubic London Innovation Center, Cubic and its partners will work together to find solutions to challenges that affect the quality of life in metropolitan areas, such as urban growth, congestion of transportation across travel modes – including roads, bikes, walking, rail, metro, bus and ferry – and the interaction between those modes.
“The future of transportation infrastructure hinges on the effective application of technology and practical solutions for mobility issues. We selected London for the Innovation Centre because of the city’s reputation for ground-breaking developments, including work by our customer Transport for London,” said Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems. “Through the Centre’s work, we hope to improve services and reduce costs for more customers while enhancing the traveler experience in line with our NextCity strategy, which integrates payment and information systems across all transportation methods.”
“The innovative use of technology is fundamentally important if we are to meet the transport challenges of the 21st century – particularly on the rail network, said Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail and former commissioner of TfL. “I am delighted that Cubic chose London for their Innovation Centre and I look forward to seeing the exciting developments that will emerge through true collaboration.”
The London Innovation Centre will showcase leading-edge technologies from Cubic and its extensive partner network of customers, industry experts and leading universities, which will be evaluated and selected for advancement.
At the launch, Cubic’s Strategic Initiatives Manager for Europe, Dave Roat, told Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton that they chose to put the centre in London because, “London suffers from all the reasons that cause innovation to be important in transportation. We’ve got strained infrastructure, we’ve got overcrowded trains – a stressed transportation network, and London, by the nature of all of those pressures, is a very innovative city when it comes to transportation.”
You can hear Paul’s interview with Dave, including a summary of the various projects currently being undertaken, here:
You can hear Sir Peter Hendy’s opening address at the launch, where he discussed – among other things – innovation, how Oyster has been superseded and open data, here: