Tech companies' opportunity to lead UK's transport revolution
Throughout the past years, the transport tech scene has significantly increased in the UK, as the government announced its intentions to invest £540m into electric cars. Philip Hammond announced that tech corporate and start-up alike would be able to test autonomous vehicles on public roads by 2021.
As trends for autonomous and electric cars grow, the opportunity for many to own a car decreases, as running costs and stricter regulations are implemented. However, technology is developing to make intelligent transport work around people, not the other way around. For instance, the start-up, Zeelo uses artificial intelligence to offer on-demand coach service.
"(...) Vivacity Labs created intelligent sensors to help autonomous vehicle or truck drivers identify and be aware of more vulnerable road users."
UK roads being the most congested in Europe, further transport innovations come into play to address these problems. For instance, to ease traffic and ensure safer driving conditions for driverless cars and cyclists alike, Vivacity Labs created intelligent sensors to help autonomous vehicle or truck drivers identify and be aware of more vulnerable road users.
As regulations tighten against platforms, such as Uber, start-ups innovate to find more flexible forms of public transport. Barney Williams, co-founder at Zeelo, commented: "We are just at the beginning of what advances in AI and machine learning can do to improve how people move around the country. (...) The aim of all this is to make travelling easier and more convenient for as many people as possible."
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