Modelling for Intelligent Mobility

Modelling for Intelligent Mobility


Robin North, Transport Systems Catapult, Hugh Neffendorf, Transport Systems Catapult, Graham Fletcher, Transport Systems Catapult


This paper gathers together inputs from consultation with leaders in academia and industry to present perspectives on the challenges associated with modelling innovations in transport systems.


The opportunities presented by the Intelligent Mobility market and innovations in transport are vast. Market analysis indicates worldwide revenues of over £900bn per year by 2025. A healthy share of this will be open to UK businesses, while the innovation potential of new technology will also improve the efficiency of UK transport and will support economic growth, new jobs and competitiveness. The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) has been created to help the UK to realise this potential. This paper gathers together inputs from consultation with leaders in academia and industry to present perspectives on the challenges associated with modelling innovations in transport systems.
Modelling, including data analytics, is a key element of structured transport planning and modern infrastructure management. Models will be important in helping to promote development of theIntelligent Mobility market. Furthermore, there will be major direct business prospects in modelling itself, associated with the emerging developments. There is a strong UK background and skill in transport models but also much to be gained by new research and embracing techniques from other fields. This paper sets out principal domains and priorities for intelligent mobility involving advanced transport models, how these will be developed and seeks toillustrate some of the many opportunities that this can present to users, administrations, researchers, operations and businesses, at home and abroad.
In the same way that technology is rapidly transforming the conventional view of lifestyle, commerce, product development and customer behaviour, the potential for major and rapid change in transport is being recognised. The emerging Intelligent Mobility (IM) market presents new challenges and opportunities in transport, mainly involving the development and application of emerging technology. It concerns a wide range of transport topics, many of which have so far received limited attention, or are in need of revisiting in light of technological and societal changes.
The IM market needs a range of models to support its development. In turn, models need skilled analysts, data and tools. Some applications are in areas familiar to the mainstream of transport planners but many are not; a wider body of modelling specialists will also participate.
Models for IM will complement and build on promising areas of innovative research by providing a translational infrastructure of software, hardware and data facilities, with the technical expertise to assist in the development of commercially-deployable tools.
A particular focus must lie on development of synthetic environments (simulations) and use of real-time data feeds, together with data sources and standards to support innovative, integrated models and analytical approaches. It aims to share the benefits of this work with the wider community and to pursue and facilitate projects to involve other professional modellers.
The Transport Systems Catapult is one of a network of elite Technology and Innovation Centres established by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) as a long-term investment in the UK’s economic capability. Applying business-led research, Catapults help businesses transform their ideas into valuable products and services to compete in the global markets of tomorrow.The TSC wishes to engage actively with modelling specialists to pursue the opportunities together and to accelerate market adoption and penetration.


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