The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) has opened an office in Glasgow to harness Scotland’s efforts to transform the transport industry.
The move follows the UK Government’s announcement last week of £215m for the Digital, Medicines Discovery, Future Cities and Transport Systems Catapult centres as part of its Industrial Strategy.
The TSC – the UK’s innovation centre for intelligent mobility – said it hopes to harness Scotland’s ongoing efforts to transform the future of the transport industry in line with the Scottish Government’s long-term goals of fostering a smarter, healthier, safer and greener environment.
The launch event was attended by Ivan McKee (pictured third from left), Scottish Government minister for innovation and technology and Eva Bolander, Lord Provost for Glasgow.
Helen Wylde (left),the TSC's chief engagement officer, said: ‘Following the announcement of the Scottish Government’s National Transport Strategy and commitment to investing in new innovations within transport infrastructure, there is a huge opportunity for the Scottish transport sector and Scottish cities to lead the way and compete on an international stage, which is why the TSC is choosing to establish a permanent presence in the nation.
‘We believe there’s a huge potential for Scottish universities 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 and our goal is to help realise this potential”
Mr McKee added: ‘Recent developments in transport technology further demonstrate Scotland’s world-renowned innovative capabilities, and I am confident our ambition for technological advancement will provide a solid foundation on which Transport System Catapult can continue to build its important work.
‘The Scottish Government is invested in fulfilling Scotland’s technology potential in the transport sector, and our Programme for Government commitments outline our intention to support the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. It is also our ambition to develop Mobility as a Service, I’m therefore delighted to support Transport Systems Catapult who are doing valuable work in both these areas.’
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Running alongside Traffex Road Expo Scotland and Bridges Scotland will be CAV Scotland, a Transport Scotland event, organised by Transport Network, that brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles with live demonstrations.