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Greenwich Automated Transport Environment
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General information
United Kingdom TRL
From 2015 to 2018 In progress
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Dr. Nick Reed

The project comprises a team of leading companies and academic institutions. It is a technology-agnostic programme of automated vehicle research and test criteria development that enables industry, government and society to gain critical knowledge, safely accelerate innovation and deliver smart city integration.

GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) is an £8m research project, led by TRL, to understand and overcome the technical, legal and societal challenges of implementing automated vehicles in an urban environment.


The project takes place in TRL’s UK Smart Mobility Lab in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and it will trial and validate a series of different use cases for automated vehicles, including driverless shuttles and automated urban deliveries. Some of the objectives of the project include:

  • To understand how automated vehicles will fit into our future urban mobility needs and the barriers that need to be overcome before these vehicles become a reality on our roads. It’s not about developing new technologies, but improving our understanding of the public and industry perception and acceptance of automated vehicles.
  • To create a safe and validated test bed environment in the UK, where other organisations and developers can bring their technology and test it against the results of our trials.


Results will help both industry and policymakers understand the implications of automated vehicles and deliver a safe and validated test environment in the UK, driving job creation and investment in a rapidly emerging technology area. Planned outcomes of the Gateway project include:

  • Demonstrate the safe and efficient integration of sophisticated automated transport systems into complex real world smart city environments
  • Understand technical, cultural, societal and legal challenges and barriers to adoption
  • Inspire industry, public bodies and the wider public to engage with existing cutting edge autonomous transport technology
  • Generate valuable, exploitable knowledge
  • Create a multifaceted, validated, long term test bed in the heart of the UK
  • Capitalise on the consortium strengths to position UK PLC at the forefront of the global marketplace

Related Projects

Autodrive, Venturer


Led by TRL. Further partners: Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal College of Art, University of Greenwich, RSA, O2, Gobotix, Commonplace, Royal Dutch Shell, Westfield, Heathrow, Oxbotica, Imperial College London.

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € £8 million project

The project is joint-funded by government and industry.

The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) through Innovate UK and supported by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV): £5.5 million

Commercial organisations within the GATEway consortium: £2.5 million.


Demonstration; urban mobility; valet parking; automated shuttle service