TRL has been named the winner of the Forward Thinking Award at the 2016 ITS (UK) Awards.
The award, which recognises innovation in intelligent transport systems (ITS), was presented to TRL for its creation of the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab @ Greenwich - a real-life environment where Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs), services and processes can be safely developed, evaluated and integrated within the local community.
Based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London and supported by UK government, the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab helps organisations bring solutions to market faster by enabling them to be trialled and validated in a real-life environment. Vehicle manufacturers, OEMs and tech developers can use the 'Living Lab' to assist with research and development, concept testing and validation, launching new technology or services, and understanding how new technology is perceived in a real world environment.
The award was presented to Mark Stead, sales director at TRL, at the ITS (UK) President's Dinner on 20 July in the City of London. TRL's UK Smart Mobility Living Lab was named the winner by judges due the fact that it "represents a forward thinking, innovative and unique UK asset that will enable the development of ITS to be accelerated within the UK and with global relevance."
Commenting on the award, Mark Stead said: "We are delighted that the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab has been recognised with the Forward Thinking Award for innovation. While many organisations are testing intelligent transport solutions in dedicated simulated or off-street facilities, we recognise that the ultimate adoption and success of these systems depends on how well they integrate into intensive urban real world living environments. The Living Lab is a critical component in the development of connected and automated vehicles and will help drive further innovation, productivity and growth in the UK."
The ITS (UK) awards are open to any organisation or individual with a UK business office. 2016 nominations were judged by an eminent panel of ITS professionals chaired by ITS (UK) President and former Transport Minister, Steven Norris. Panel Members were:
- Professor Anil Namdeo, Newcastle University
- Lucy Wickham, Mouchel
- Neal Skelton, ITS United Kingdom
- Paul Hutton, Smart Highways Magazine
- Wayne Stant, Clearview Traffic
- Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation