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Self-driving delivery boats sail off with cash

Self-driving delivery boats are set to benefit from £1.8 million as part of the Future Transport Fund.

Decarbonisation, Aviation and Technology Minister, Anthony Browne MP has announced the 41 winning projects of the 2023 Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) competition, which will share more than £1.8 million between them.

This will fund the development of exciting new concepts, such as an automated boat that could reduce road emissions by delivering parcels by water.

“The UK’s logistics sector is becoming ever smarter, including to support multi-modal journeys – and new technologies have a significant role to play in that,” says Ben Garratt, Logistics UK’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs.

“Through engaging in the innovation agenda, including Logistics UK’s Innovation Working Group, logistics businesses can help to encourage the development of new approaches to increase efficiency, customer service, safety and emissions reduction.”

"We’re at the dawn of a new age for transport,” added Mr Browne. “AI can now help tackle universal challenges like station overcrowding or road congestion by using our historic waterways to deliver parcels by self-driving boat.

“These hugely exciting initiatives represent the best of British innovation, showing that it is UK companies, backed by government funding, that are leading the way in this field, creating jobs and boosting our economy. 83% of the projects are located outside London, with 56% outside the wider southeast region, meaning investment is spread throughout the country."

Published On: 04/04/2024 15:20:00


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