- Short-term demands in particular forms of transport which can divert businesses and academics from addressing the longer-term opportunities of integration
- Automotive manufacturing supply chains need to be re-engineered to provide the components for new electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles
- In the marine sector there is a need to share capabilities between the major shipbuilders, the leisure sector and their supply chains
- In aerospace, the long-term nature of investments in new aircraft generates specific challenges
- The balance of innovation risk and opportunity is delicate in rail, regulatory requirements for the introduction of new developments can limit innovation
- Generally, innovation can be hampered by the lack of facilities for demonstration and validation at scale and in real-world situations.
- Improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the transport system
- Reducing carbon emissions from all vehicles as well as increasing their efficiency
- Supporting the acceleration of new vehicle technologies in line with national priorities
- Integrating different energy sources on transport systems and vehicles.
Our specific objectives are to enable and encourage UK businesses, science and supply chains to benefit commercially from developments that improve transport effectiveness and efficiency and that support manufacturers to develop and deliver new vehicle technologies. We work in the following main areas: Aerospace, Road, Marine and Rail and we recognise there are great gains to be made if we can enable industry to consider transport systems as a whole.
We will continue developing a Transport Systems Catapult centre which opens in 2013. On the roads, new emission regulations will require new technologies and a new automotive supply base.
We have been supporting the development of low-carbon road vehicle technologies for over four years; we need to take these closer to production, while continuing to develop technologies which reduce carbon emissions.
We will work closely with the Automotive Council to identify key needs across its five strategic technologies, and will continue to work with colleagues in energy to understand opportunities in the development of hydrogen and fuel cells.
The mainline rail sector has identified massive challenges. Over the next 30 years the industry needs to halve the cost and carbon footprint of rail operations and double the network capacity. The recently published Rail Technical Strategy along with the establishment of the Enabling Innovation in Rail team will help the industry overcome the challenges the industry has identified.
To better understand the opportunities and the developments needed, we will support analysis of UK capabilities, expanding the current focus on mainline rail to include light rail and underground.
We will be supporting the marine industry to identify UK capabilities in key areas with the help of the Marine Studies Roadmap. There is an immediate need to respond to the challenge of moving to low sulphur fuel and improving vessel efficiency.
You can find networking opportunities and further information on the Transport KTN.
Transport action plan 2013-14