Project: Technology futures

Reference: PPRO 04/091/017

Last update: 10/04/2013 13:54:57


1. Carry out a meta-analysis of technologies that exist that could impact how transport is provided or used over the next 30 years.

2. List the organisations that carry out similar reviews of technologies.


A review of technologies (direct: eg electric vehicles, lightweight materials, etc, and indirect: smartphones, social media, etc) that have or could change the way things are done within the area of transport. All modes of transport are to be considered.

The work is likely to form the basis for an ongoing regular review of technology and is likely to be of interest to OGDs, LAs and other organisations that need to understand the landscape when it comes to technology and transport.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £19,989.38

Actual start date: 26 November 2012

Actual completion date: 18 January 2013


Technology futures
Author: TRL
Publication date: 18/01/2013
Source: TRL
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Summary of results

  1. Efficient transport systems are critical to secure national economic and social well-being. Technology is an enabler and can deliver significant benefits and cause step changes in the way people and freight move around. Looking ahead, it is clear that rapid technology innovations bring with them enormous opportunities as well as significant emergent challenges. It is recognised across the transport industry that better anticipation of future technological possibilities can better inform what actions are needed now to incentivise and support appropriate measures to maximise benefits across all modes of the transport system. Using a horizon scan methodology, this report identifies five drivers (cost; health and well-being; environmental impact; customer experience; and demand) and four key technology themes (energy; autonomy; connectivity; and analytics) for technology development in transportation