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New centre brings research funding to transport

Aurrigo at Catapult launch

Helen Wylde (centre) with Ivan McKee and the Lord Provost at the launch in Glasgow


A project to develop the transport of the future was unveiled at the first Scottish centre dedicated to researching the latest technology.

Transport Systems Catapult is focused on new developments such as driverless vehicles to help fulfil the government’s plans to cleaner infrastructure.

The not-for-profit innovation centre is at the forefront of ‘intelligent mobility’ and was the first enterprise to put a self-driving on UK streets.

A ‘driverless pod’, developed by Coventry-based Aurrigo, was first exhibited in Scotland at a digital event in Edinburgh and was a centrepiece of today’s launch at Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation centre. 

Helen Wylde, chief engagement officer at Transport Systems Catapult, said: “There’s a huge potential for Scottish universities, Government and SMEs to play a central role in the development of new transport innovations and ultimately, realise life-changing benefits for consumers while creating more efficient and environmentally friendly choices.”

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee added: “ look forward to seeing the benefits new technologies will continue to offer in terms of sustainable economic growth, employment, infrastructure and connectivity.”

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