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Future of mobility

Under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s (ISCF’s) future of mobility, these challenges are helping the UK to become a global leader in the future of mobility. They aim to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint from transport and reduce congestion and improve mobility through technologies such as automation.

Driving the electric revolution

This challenge is helping the UK to grasp the economic opportunities from the global transition to clean technologies and electrification.

It has up to £80 million to invest in projects that support development of a UK supply chain in power electronics, machines and drives.

Projects funded so far include helping to boost supply chain efficiencies in industries affected by electrification, from aerospace to automotive, to energy and rail.

Future flight

This challenge is supporting the development of greener ways to fly such as all-electric aircraft and deliveries by drone by advancing electric and autonomous flight technologies.

It has up to £125 million to invest in projects including in air traffic management, new operating models, ground infrastructure, and integration of new aircraft with new aviation systems. The investment is matched by £175 million from industry.

Projects funded so far include:

  • using drones to support the NHS and emergency services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • investing in the future of urban air mobility and technologies that will allow full electric flight in the UK
  • looking at the wider system within which new aircraft will operate, tackling key infrastructure and air traffic management challenges.

Faraday Battery Challenge

This challenge is investing in research and innovation projects and facilities to catalyse the growth of a strong battery business in the UK. It is working across the value chain to make the UK a centre for world-class battery technology. This will enable the creation of more jobs and lead to lower air pollution in our cities.

It has up to £317.75 million to support development of battery technologies that are cost-effective, high performing, long-lasting, safe, low-weight and recyclable.

Projects funded so far include improving battery lifespan and range, and the reuse, remanufacture and recycle of batteries at the end of their life.

National Satellite Test Facility

This challenge is supporting the establishment of the National Satellite Test Facility that will provide facilities for assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites up to seven tonnes.

It is investing £105 million in the facility at RAL Space, part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. The facility will be open to all space organisations based in the UK or internationally. Contact us for more information.

Email: ralspaceenquiries@stfc.ac.uk

Robots for a safer world

This challenge is improving safety in challenging environments, such as nuclear and offshore energy, deep mining, and space, through the use of robotics and artificial intelligence.

It has up to £93 million to invest in projects that use advanced robotics to create a safer working environment and new research hubs at the University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, Heriot-Watt University and University of Surrey.

Projects funded so far include the use of drones to inspect offshore wind farms and autonomous submarines to inspect under Arctic ice and identify hazards to shipping and infrastructure.

Self-driving vehicles

This challenge aims to make the UK a world leader in the technology that enables self-driving vehicles.

It has invested £28 million in three projects:

  • DRIVEN – a trial of a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in urban and inter-urban areas that will culminate in autonomous journeys in Oxford and London
  • RoboPilot – demonstration of autonomous driving for an electric delivery van that could be adapted to buses and larger trucks
  • StreetWise – demonstration of the technology, safety validation, insurance, and service models for autonomous personal mobility to replace the urban commuter car.

Last updated: 23 November 2020

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