First of a Kind: demonstrating tomorrow’s trains today
Innovate UK is launching this £3.6 million competition as part of a larger £14.5 million First of a Kind (FOAK) demonstration programme. First of a kind is the first deployment of an innovation in a representative destination environment, in this case within a railway vehicle. This is on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), which aims to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable new technology to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system. We plan to run future competitions with a similar budget to demonstrate how technology can be integrated into depots, stations and infrastructure.
The vision for this competition is to adapt a rail passenger vehicle to fit a range of innovations. This will give passengers an immersive experience of how trains could operate in the future. It will also give railway organisations useful lessons for how to integrate innovative technology, as well as the opportunity to collect valuable customer feedback. We encourage you to work with other projects funded through this competition to help realise these objectives. The competition briefing events will give you the opportunity to create the necessary relationships.
A competition briefing for this event will be held at Plexal, London, on Tuesday 7th November 2017: click here to register for a free place.