Roads for the Future Competition

Seeking ideas to prepare the UK's roads for connected and autonomous vehicles.


Launched in January 2018, this new innovation prize looked for innovative and creative ideas on how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

From 81 entries, an expert jury selected five shortlisted ideas (listed in the tab on the left) and the joint winners – City Science and Leeds City Council – were announced on 29 September 2018.

The UK is a world-leader in developing connected and autonomous vehicles, with the first such cars already undergoing testing. As the technology improves and progresses, the country’s road network will need to adapt to ensure the country can make the most of this opportunity.

This competition, run with Highways England and Innovate UK, searched for innovative approaches to road design, traffic management, and adapting the rules of the road, to take account of this new technology.

The five shortlisted entries (see tab) each received £30,000 of funding to further develop their ideas and the chance to have their ideas tested.

Four other commended entries were put in contact with leading figures across Government and industry to test their ideas.

The final winners – City Science and Leeds City Council – each received £25,000 from a dedicated £50,000 prize fund.

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Roads For The Future: speech by Sir John Armitt to the UK Transport Infrastructure Summit

Roads For The Future: speech by Sir John Armitt to the UK Transport Infrastructure Summit

Good morning. Thank you to Transport Times for hosting today’s event, and for kindly inviting me to open the proceedings. Thank you also for giving my fellow Commissioner, Julia Prescot, and staff from the Commission the opportunity to talk more this afternoon about our vision for the UK’s future transport infrastructure. The National Infrastructure Commission...

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