Entries have opened on two competitions supported by a £20 million (US$25.7 million) fund to find the UK’s most innovative ideas in how to “revolutionise” roads and driving.
Highways England says it is looking for ideas to develop digital roads, connected vehicles and infrastructure, design and construction that reduces cost and improves safety, better and more predictable journey times – and to improve air quality.
“One competition is for unproven feasibility projects which through a second phase closed competition could be further funded for development. The other competition is for proven projects at development stage,” it said.
Mike Wilson, Highways England’s Executive Director for safety, engineering and standards, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs, collaborative partnerships, and organisations of any size to help shape the roads of the future.
“We want to explore new and innovative approaches and invest in the best. And we’re keen to engage with a wider network than we have traditionally worked with.”
Entries can be submitted until 8 May 2019. Further details of the funding are available on the Innovate UK website.