Category Archives: Transport

Tell us your experience of transport in MK

We are reviewing the travel habits of Milton Keynes residents using an online survey. To inform MK:Smart’s work on Transport,  Community Action: MK and the Future Cities Catapult are gathering  people’s views to assess what the travel needs of our community are. To share you experience of transport in MK, simply fill in the questionnaire […]

UK’s first driverless pod unveiled

This driverless pod, destined for MK’s redways, has been unveiled in Milton Keynes and London. This prototype vehicle, displayed today at a Transport Systems Catapult launch event in Greenwich, will be the first autonomous vehicle in the UK to work on public footpaths. The electric-powered vehicles can seat two people and are being built by RDM Group, one […]

Driverless Cars are coming to MK

Last month UK Autodrive, an Arup led consortium, won a £20M government-funded competition to bring driverless cars to the UK using Milton Keynes to carry out controlled trials. Arup’s John Miles tells us more. What is UK Autodrive? It is an automotive industry collaborative programme that will develop the technologies and test public reaction to […]

MK:Smart is mentioned on ‘The Conversation’

The smart city project appears in an academic article on the future of transport. The Conversation’s website is an independent source of news and views for the general public, sourced from the academic and research community. This morning Open University’s Emeritus Professor Stephen Potter, who works on the Transport element of MK:Smart, published an article […]

Austrian business leaders engage with MK:Smart

A dozen business representatives visited The Open University to find out about MK:Smart and explore the potential business opportunities which could be unlocked through collaboration with us. Alan Fletcher, from The Open University, and Alan Ward, from BT, introduced our visitors to the unique benefits of the project’s location in Milton Keynes, and the challenges the […]

Spotlight Interviews – John Miles

John Miles works on our Transport work stream. He is a Research Professor in Transitional Energy Strategies at Cambridge University and a Strategic Consultant on matters of Energy and Transport at Arup. What area of MK:Smart do you work on? I lead the Transport area of the project. Our aims are very simple. Milton Keynes […]

Self-Driving the Future

Milton Keynes is certainly leading the future of the transport landscape with developments such as the first UK deployment of a wireless charging electric bus route. Now autonomous vehicles are set to become part of the UK transport landscape, MK is on board. In August business secretary, Vince Cable gave the green light for autonomous […]

Transforming the Future of Transport in MK

Lizzie Bailes from Community Action: MK reports from our latest MK:Smart Citizen Lab event  ‘Flying Trains, Jet Packs and Hyperloops’. Our August community workshop on the future of transport was held at the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC). The TSC are thought leaders on emerging transport technologies set to improve the movement of people and goods at […]

Share your ideas about transport in Milton Keynes

Get ready to ponder the future of travel in Milton Keynes. We are looking for groups and individuals with an interest in transport in MK. This MK:Smart Citizen Lab ideas workshop will focus on how we can create successful transport initiatives to help us get from A to B more easily. Spaces are going fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. What […]

Planning smart urban transport solutions

MK:Smart members attend a ‘Transport Futures’ Workshop, to share insights from the early days of the project. Lessons learned during the early stages of MK:Smart and the Milton Keynes Council’s Low Carbon Living programme were discussed at the second Workshop on Smart Urban Transport Policy Futures, funded through the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). The […]

Internet of Things demonstrator kicks off

As reported on 23 May, MK:Smart is at the heart of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Milton Keynes. Today saw the initial project meeting of the consortium of BT, Milton Keynes Council, Neul, Connected Digital Economy Catapult, Future Cities Catapult and The Open University in a Low Power Machine to Machine (LPM2M) communications network demonstration. […]

Personal aircraft – the future of travel?

Lizzie Bailes reports on the ‘Battle of Ideas’, another of the Imagine Festival 2014 events hosted by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC). This panel discussion considered how MK commuters could benefit from intelligent mobility. There were some thought-provoking predictions about the future of travel, which overlap with the smart city thinking behind the MK:Smart Motion […]