Leeds City Council and City Science have been announced as the winners of the Roads for the Future competition.
Launched in November 2017 by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the competition sought ideas from organisations who could help to deliver a road network for connected and autonomous vehicles.
In total, 81 entries were submitted, which were whittled down to five for shortlisting.
From this, the NIC announced Leeds City Council and City Science will each receive £25,000 from a dedicated prize fund of £50,000.
The entry from Leeds City Council examines how data generated from digitally connected cars could be harnessed to improve traffic light sequencing, which will be crucial in managing traffic on roads, reducing congestion and tailbacks.
Technology is being used more and more to improve Britain’s road networks, and this initiative will help to accelerate that process.
City Science’s proposal explores the idea of using sections of roads in urban areas specifically for driverless vehicles, in order to kick-start wider take-up and safe integration into the transport network.
Upon announcing the two winners, Sir John Armitt, said: “The vehicles of tomorrow will be very different to those we see around us today. We need to make sure our roads are ready for this revolution.
“With such a strong shortlist, narrowing down the entries was no easy task, but the ideas put forward by City Science and Leeds set them apart.
“I’ve been really pleased by the enthusiasm for our competition, and I hope it leads to ever-greater interest, not just in the technology in the vehicles, but also in the roads they will travel on.”
There is a great deal of potential for benefits from this competition, including the creation of new travel opportunities, improving driver safety, increasing road capacity; enabling higher speed limits and shorter journey times, and preparing the country’s roads for electric and driverless cars.