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Transport Systems Catapult Transport Systems Catapult

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Contact Data

Coordinator

Innovate UK

Year Established

2014

Location

Midsummer Blvd, 170, MK9, Milton Keynes (United Kingdom)

Website

https://ts.catapult.org.uk/

Social Media

Contact information

Paul Campion
reception@ts.catapult.org.uk
+44 1908 359999

Description

Description

The UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility – the future of transport systems. Our mission is to drive global leadership in Intelligent Mobility, promoting sustained economic growth and well being through integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems.The Transport Systems Catapult is one of eleven elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility – the future of transport systems. Our mission is to drive global leadership in Intelligent Mobility, promoting sustained economic growth and well being through integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems.The Transport Systems Catapult is one of eleven elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the British national initiatives for digitising industry, Digital Strategy and the Green paper on Industrial Strategy.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Transport, storage and communication

TRL Focus

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

On October 2016, the Transport Systems Catapult was responsible for putting a self-driving vehicle on UK public streets for the first time. The demonstration of a UK developed autonomous driving system marked the conclusion of the LUTZ Pathfinder Project, which began developing autonomous technology in 2014.
The vehicle demonstration took place on pavements around Milton Keynes train station and business district. A trained engineer remained in the vehicle for the duration of the trial, ready to take back control if required and to give further reassurance to the public, but the pods navigated entirely by themselves.
In the preceding months, LUTZ Pathfinder pods had been driven in manual mode with a human driver in control, while the project team mapped the environment and tested the control system’s ability to negotiate its way along the designated trial routes.
The project is a British success story, carried out by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) on behalf of the UK Automotive Council and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly the Department of Business Innovation and Skills).


Reduced passenger delays, improved airspace efficiency, and a reduction in fuel consumption, noise pollution and carbon emissions are among the main benefits being realised by the Transport Systems Catapult’s Departure Planning Information (DPI) Programme.

With 2.2 million flights per year and global demand for air travel rising by nearly 6% annually, congestion in the UK’s air space is nearing capacity.
DPI was designed to respond to the challenge of more passengers and cargo – without increasing levels of CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and noise.
Background
DPI is a pioneering air traffic communications protocol, enabling airports to share real-time updates on a flight’s departure status. TSC, in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), applied innovation and smart thinking to develop the software.
Prior to this software being available, air traffic professionals used basic flight plan data to assess the status of aircraft. This meant it was not always possible to know whether they were taxiing, at holding points or had departed. Often, this data was up to two hours old.
Outcomes
DPI software enables more efficient management of any flight due to the real-time accuracy of the data. The software has introduced huge improvements in take-off time accuracy, increased safety and efficiency, as well as getting aircraft to where they need to be on time.
Where installed, airline and airport professionals have noticed that DPI has made a considerable difference to the efficiencies of their systems. This includes less time spent absorbing delays in the air, increased on-time performance, a reduction in runway occupancy times and a major decrease in aircraft holding times. All of which lead to the following benefits assessed at around £40 million:
•     Reduced passenger delays
•     Reduced fuel consumption
•     Reduced noise pollution
•     Reduced carbon emissions
•     Improved air space efficiency


Collaborating with DfT, Zipabout, Transport Focus, Nottingham University and Keolis, the TSC has been working on a project using sentiment analysis to measure customer experience and influence traveller behaviours. The project also overlays 2 years of operational data and sentiment analysis in a unique way to provide travellers with ‘customer experience indicators’ for their journey.
The project has created a demonstration tool for travellers, train operators and regulators to provide valuable journey planning, business intelligence and customer experience information. The tool has also been developed to allow for multi-modal expansion.

Organization

Organizational form

Public Private Partnership

Turnover

-

Number of employees

-

Evolutionary Stage

In preparation

Geographical Scope

National

Funding

  • National specific innovation funding

Partners

Innovate UK

Last updated: 04/09/18 06:37