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Collaboration between the Connected Places Catapult and Department for Transport drives innovation forward
The UK is at the centre of a transport revolution, a revolution powered by the global forces of innovation and investment.  New technologies and services are changing the way users plan, complete, and pay for journeys. Freight is becoming more streamlined and new modes of transport such as drones and connected & automated vehicles are already changing markets. 
Connected Places Catapult supports the DfT’s innovation and R&D activities through a collaboration agreement which delivers an annual rolling programme of transport technology and innovation support.

The UK has a once in a generation opportunity to rethink how our transport systems work.

Since the start of our collaboration with DfT in 2013 we have delivered over 100 projects to support DfT teams and arms-length bodies.  Our projects span many transport policy areas including a Virtual-Reality showcase for the DVLA helping to redefine vehicle inspection training, to managing the DfT’s Emerging Aviation Team’s Pathfinder Programme enabling real-world use of drones.  The projects we deliver with DfT seek to help make the UK a world leader in transport and place-based innovation.

Connected Places Catapult and Department for Transport (DfT) collaborate to deliver on Government’s mission to make the UK a world leader in mobility, and a global Science Superpower.

Through a long-standing collaborative relationship, Connected Places Catapult and DfT co-design projects to enable markets and work together to address emerging innovation opportunities for UK industry.  DfT benefits from Connected Places Catapult’s unique government-funded capabilities to drive beneficial transport innovation into the market.  Connected Places Catapult convenes stakeholders across the transport system acting as a trusted neutral convener to join up DfT policy teams with UK businesses at cutting edge of transport innovation. We:

CONNECT the market, leveraging Connected Places Catapults deep integration with the wider innovation ecosystem.

SPARK new possibilities, by generating rich market intelligence; provoking new ideas through creative collaborations; and, supporting businesses to develop new concepts, prototypes, products and services.

ACCELERATE first in class deployment, stimulating new market demand and creating, leading and facilitating demonstrators, trials, testbeds and other novel methods for accelerating innovation.

Please see the links below for case studies of recent work delivered by the collaboration.