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Self-driving delivery boats to benefit from future transport fund

25 March 2024/Categories: Industry News, Freight Forwarding, Logistics & Supply Chain, Ports, Maritime & Waterways


The Government has announced 41 winning projects of the 2023 transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) competition.

The winners will share over £1.8 million between them that will help develop new concepts such as automated boats that could reduce road emission.

The TRIG scheme supports businesses and academics working on innovative ideas in the early stages of their research.

It aims to improve our transport system across all modes, as well as growing the economy and supporting skilled UK jobs.  

The investment is spread across the country with 83% of winners located outside of London and 56% outside the wider South East region.

Decarbonisation, Aviation and Technology Minister, Anthony Browne, said: “We’re at the dawn of a new age for transport – AI can now help tackle universal challenges like station overcrowding or road congestion by using our historic waterways to deliver parcels by self-driving boat.”

“These hugely exciting initiatives represent the best of British innovation, showing it’s UK companies, backed by government funding, that are leading the way in this field, creating jobs and boosting our economy.”

Erika Lewis, Chief Executive at Connected Places Catapult, said: “Transport Research and Innovation Grants support high-potential innovators to develop fresh ideas to tackle some of the UK’s most pressing transport challenges.”

“Grants have been awarded to projects right across the country covering many transport modes, with several recipients considering how technology developed for one sector could be transferred to another. Alongside the funding, all 41 projects will receive specialist business support from Connected Places Catapult to help them realise their commercial potential.”

To view the full list of winning projects click here.

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