The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) is predicting that integration into the wider transport network will be the key to the future development of Low Carbon Vehicles.
Ahead of an event later in the month, it’s issued comments saying that emerging technologies and business models will enable new ways of reducing transport emissions – both at the vehicle and system level.
According to the TSC, ride hailing apps, car clubs and energy sharing technology are blurring the lines between private ownership and public transport – opening the door to system wide management of congestion and emissions. Meanwhile, connected and autonomous vehicle technology will enable more emission reductions by removing the unpredictable influence of the driver. It adds that localised modelling of pollution will ensure that any potential increase in freight and passenger travel does not adversely affect overall emissions.
Looking ahead, the TSC says it will highlight the emergence of Mobility as a Service, which incorporates traditional cars, driverless vehicles and public transport into a service contract. It says such arrangements could replace vehicle ownership.
The TSC is creating a shared vision of the future of transport, through their Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility. This, it says, will “ensure that UK government, industry and academia can better coordinate their efforts and capture more of the opportunities available.”
TSC CEO Steve Yianni explains, “At the TSC we believe we are at the beginning of a transport revolution, where the way people choose to use transport is changing. For those involved in Low Carbon Vehicle development this offers some exciting opportunities. Electric Vehicles in particular are well suited to the sharing economy and would benefit from automation and connected fleet management.
Combining these vehicles into a flexible public transport system is the logical next step given the success of ride hailing apps and changing expectations of the travelling public – the challenges and opportunities this presents need to be explored. A shared vision is required between all modes of transport in order to ensure we gain maximum benefits from any future developments.”