The Roads Minister has announced a competition to find innovative connected car solutions as part of a £200m spending round aimed at improving the condition of local roads across the country.
Jesse Norman says the overall funding will go towards repairing almost a million potholes, and will also be used for highways maintenance and high quality cycle parks.
The competition will provide £500,00 for local authority projects costing between £30,000 and £100,000 which should demonstrate the capability of connected vehicle data, improve the quality of road condition and asset management data, provide the business case for more widespread deployment across a number of highway authorities, enable the development of smart asset strategies based on harvested intelligence and help support innovation within the private sector supply chain.
The competition suggests proposals could include:
- pay-as-you-go installed devices, with the ability to access accelerometer data and driver behaviour data
- fleet devices which can be adapted to use vehicle data
- cameras in vehicles
- technologies accessing vehicle data or using the vehicle as a sensor
- mobile phones as sensors rather than driver interfaces
Mr Norman said, “People need great roads to get about, do business and see friends and family. We’re investing record amounts at present to improve the condition of our roads, so drivers and cyclists don’t have to dodge potholes to travel safely. We’re also looking at how new innovations can help councils keep their roads in the best condition, saving money and planning their maintenance better.”
Details of the competition can be read here.