Department for Transport Case Studies

Collaboration between the Connected Places Catapult and Department for Transport drives innovation forward

We are now experiencing a UK 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.

Drone Traffic Management Case Study

Collaboration to develop UTM that works for everyone.

Drone Pathfinder Case Study

The case for drones continues to grow as new technologies, applications and sensors are developed to deliver tailored solutions.

Aviation Security Case Study

Building the UK’s research base to make the UK a world-class leader in aviation security.

Immersive Vehicle Training Case Study

Equipping front line staff to respond to challenges of new connected and autonomous technologies in a rapid, cost-effective and agile way.

In-Vehicle Data Scoping Case Study

Collaborating with CPAV to better understand the benefits and risks of in-vehicle data and the actions needed to unlock these benefits.

T-TRIG Programme Case Study

Making the UK a world leader in the way people, goods and services move while achieving a safer, cleaner, and user centred transport system.

Traffic Counting Case Study

Traffic count data is one of the more direct ways of estimating total roads emissions, and so highly relevant in tracking progress on climate change targets.

Micromobility Case Study

Setting a vision for the implementation of e-scooters into the UK transport system by analysing the market potential for Micromobility.


FMZ Workshop Case Study

Helping local authorities understand what the Future of Mobility means for them, and encouraging them to bring emerging tech into local transport systems.

Highly Automated Vehicle Certification Case Study

Investigating the future certification framework, safety and regulation for HAVs.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Sensor Testing Case Study

Working with innovators to understand the challenges and create solutions for a world leading CAV sensor testing programme in the UK.

LAMP Case Study

Helping local authorities to embrace transport digitalisation so they can manage their network, take congestion and traffic growth, deliver the goal of making Britain the best place in the world to do transport digitally.

Transitioning Heavy Duty Vehicles to Zero Emission Technology

Investigating the decarbonisation options for HGVs to help the UK end its contribution to global warming by 2050.

DeMAND Case Study

Transport modelling to highlight new routes for urban mobility.

Assessing Sustainable Transport Solutions (AsSeTS) for Rural Mobility

The Connected Places Catapult Assessing Sustainable Transport Solutions (AsSeTS) for Rural Mobility project will identify ways to improve accessibility and transport solutions in rural environments.

Business Care for New Mobility Services: Demand Modelling Tools

The ‘Business Case for New Mobility Services: Demand Modelling Tools’ project was developed by the Transport Systems Catapult under the DfT-TSC Collaborative Research Programme 2018 to March 2019.