Scotland’s transport sector will benefit from greater access to funding for new innovation projects
A new, not-for-profit innovation centre in Scotland is at the forefront of intelligent mobility and will facilitate transport sector growth.
Thanks to Transport Systems Catapult opening a dedicated Scottish base, Scotland’s transport sector will benefit from greater access to funding for new innovation projects which create improved traction within a £1.4 trillion emerging intelligent mobility global economy.
The innovation centre hopes to help transform the future of the transport industry in line with the Scottish government’s long-term goals of fostering a smarter, healthier, safer and greener environment.
Helen Wylde, Chief Engagement Officer at Transport Systems Catapult, said: “There’s a huge potential for Scottish universities, government and SMEs to play a central role in the development of new transport innovations and ultimately, realise life-changing benefits for consumers while creating more efficient and environmentally-friendly choices. That’s where we come in. We hope to facilitate further innovation and nurture continued expansion of the sector.
“Following the announcement of the Scottish Government’s National Transport Strategy and commitment to investing in new innovations within transport infrastructure, there is a huge opportunity for the Scottish transport sector and Scottish cities to lead the way and compete on an international stage.”
Applied research projects supported by Transport Systems Catapult in collaboration with academia, SMEs and industry leaders are realising the sector’s long-term goals of creating safer, greener and smarter modes of transport. Research with partners including University of Aberdeen and Heriot Watt University look at areas including connected and autonomous transport; vehicle emissions and air quality; air traffic communications; and reducing emergency response time in cities.
Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee, said: “Recent developments in transport technology further demonstrate Scotland’s world-renowned innovative capabilities, and I am confident our ambition for technological advancement will provide a solid foundation on which Transport System Catapult can continue to build its important work.
“The Scottish government is invested in fulfilling Scotland’s technology potential in the transport sector, and our Programme for Government commitments outline our intention to support the development of connected and autonomous vehicles. It is also our ambition to develop MaaS and I’m therefore delighted to support Transport Systems Catapult who are doing valuable work in both these areas.
“I look forward to seeing the benefits new technologies will continue to offer in terms of sustainable economic growth, employment, infrastructure and connectivity.”