Technology Roadmapping

The process of technology roadmapping provides a framework for collaboration between different industries, stimulates innovation by linking market drivers with technology challenges, and provides a method for sharing crucial strategic knowledge between the market, industry, research, academia and government.

Industry Roadmaps

Collaborative industry groups from the rail, automotive and marine industry sectors have been working to create high level routemaps for their respective sectors.  You can find out more about these sector-specific roadmaps under the relevant tabs above - Rail, Marine and Automotive.

Roadmap Convergence

Through our work with industry, in tandem with reviewing the three roadmaps, a number of common strands across all sectors have emerged which indicate themes around which significant knowledge and technology exchange may be had.  We have groups on the Transport KTN which enable you to find out about common themes under the following headings

  • Energy Efficiency (covers propulsion and alternative fuels as well as materials including lightweighting and coatings, etc)
  • Intelligent mobility (covers intelligent transport systems, urban mobility, sensors, electronics, autonomous systems, Internet of Things, etc)

The Transport KTN organises workshops to aid the process of knowledge exchange and technology transfer between the industry sectors and encourage innovative new products through the supply chain.  Make sure you join us to ensure you get to participate and gain a deeper understanding of the whole landscape, so you know where you can expand to fit any niches in the transport ecosystem.

Adjacent sector roadmaps

There are a number of other technologies, sectors and thematic areas that also have a bearing on Transport and transport infrastructure.  We outline of few of these below.


Although the Transport KTN is primarily focused on surface transport, the role of aerospace in travel and transport is one that has significant impact throughout many transport systems.

The Aerospace Technology Roadmaps are curated and maintained by the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence (AAD) Knowledge Transfer Network, and have recently undergone a refresh.  This refresh includes a top-down as well as a bottom-up approach, which allows lower TRL research to have more visibility.  All you need to do to see these roadmaps is to join the National Aerospace Technology Strategy Group, and download them.


You may also be interested in joining the Materials KTN's Roadmaps group where the Materials KTN has brought together materials-related roadmaps from across various industries, as well as making the Materials KTN internally generated roadmaps available for you to view and download.


Robotics and automonous systems are used in many different scenarios (see this article for a broad overview of the autonomous systems landscape) and it is commonly expected that autonomous vehicles will become part of the transport landscape in future.  

In 2013, Robotics and Autonomous Systems was identified by David Willetts as one of 8 great technologies and allocated a share of £600million investment.  

The EU Robotics community has produced an engaging, visually appealing roadmap for Robotics.  You can view a pdf of it by clicking here, or order one for yourelf from the Secretariat via the Robotics Technology Platform.

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2017 - Year of Autonomy

By Becky Corfield

The “2017 - Year of Autonomy” initiative was launched on 16 November during the Marine Autonomy Technology Showcase event, which took place 14-18 November at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), Southampton.

Sponsored by the South Coast Marine Cluster the initiative has the vision of bringing together innovators and users from across marine, land and air autonomy to address key challenges and share learning.  It aims to develop cross sector collaborations to address these challenges, by organising a series of workshops across the South Coast to build on the complementarities and contrasts in innovation between water, land and air autonomy.

Five challenge areas have been identified:

  1. Collaborative autonomy covering aspects such as swarming, command & control software, artificial intelligence and combined water, land and air systems.  Workshop scheduled for January 2017.
  2. Regulation including codes of practice, safe operation and legal perspectives.  Workshop to take place in March 2017.
  3. Energy management concerned with energy harvesting, battery & power management systems, and power storage, docking & charging.  Workshop in May 2017.
  4. Risk & reliability looking at safety, testing & standards, probability of mission success, fault analysis & diagnosis and maintenance.  Workshop in July 2017.
  5. Societal acceptance as regards the impact of automation on the workforce (changing and emergent roles and skills), public perceptions of the ‘rise of the machines’, and ethics. Workshop in September 2017.

A culminating review and outcomes event will then be held in November 2017.  Following this the working group will develop and publish a roadmap of capabilities and challenge areas.

The working group bringing this vision together has representation from all three sectors, from both industry and academia, and is chaired by Tessa Darley, Head of Transport at the Knowledge Transfer Network.

The importance of this initiative and series of workshops is based on the need to:

·      Improve industry access to information on cross-sector challenge areas

·      Share understanding of the potentially different approaches to issues taken by the research base and industry

·      Develop cross-sector industry collaborative projects and programmes

·      Engage funders and key stakeholders on the key challenge areas

·      Create a recognized South Coast Cluster of Excellence for Autonomy

For further information about the initiative, how to get involved in the workshops, or be kept informed by receiving a bi-monthly newsletter, please contact Ian Stock at the KTN on or Aidan Thorn at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on