UK innovators have been boosted by more than £300 million investment, to develop cleaner, greener travel.
The government will provide £125 million, which will be supported by industry co-investment of up to £175 million to support new technologies including flying urban taxis, electric passenger planes and even freight-carrying drones.
Alongside this, five new transport research networks will receive a £5 million cash injection for their work developing greener travel, cleaner forms of fuel and other tech innovations to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
The new transport research networks will be led by: the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds, the University of Durham, Cardiff University and University College London.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:
The possibilities for new ways to transport goods and services – or to get from A to B – are endless.
This investment will help make the most of the exceptional talent and expertise we have in these industries, and ensure the U.K. leads the way internationally in designing and developing technology, from electric taxis to drones delivering parcels.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
New technologies like electric and autonomous aircraft can help us tackle climate change, making journeys greener and working better for passengers.
This funding will support the extraordinary talents of UK industry and academia, and demonstrate our country’s position as a world-leading transport innovator.
The Future of Flight Challenge is delivered by UK Research and Innovation. Industry will initially focus on smaller aircraft and drones to ensure the suitability of the new technologies before developing them for larger passenger aircraft.
The additional £5 million of funding has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).