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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NVIDIA, TomTom, Robert Bosch and European Space Agency Join Speaker Line-up for the Driverless Technology Conference 2016

By Becky Corfield

From self-parking cars, gesture-controlled infotainment systems to head-up displays that augment reality, car technology is advancing so quickly that it’s hard to imagine what’s next. In the face of rapidly expanding technological capabilities for self-driving cars, highly automated and autonomous vehicles the Driverless Technology Conference is set to return for its second year. Taking place in Milton Keynes on November 22nd industry insiders will offer a glimpse of what’s coming down the line in 2017 and beyond.


The Driverless Technology Conference (DTC) focuses on accelerating growth within driverless technology and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of industry development.


DTC has teamed up with a number of leading industry partners, including NVIDIA, Transport Systems Catapult, FISITA and the GATEway & UK Autodrive consortia, for this year’s event, which will bring together delegates from across the automotive ecosystem.


Technical & Policy Streams


The DTC conference will address the use of innovative driverless technology in real-world environments and provide a strategic overview of the development needed to enable driverless technology to flourish in the UK. New for 2016 the event will feature two conference streams: Policy and Technical.


The Technical Stream will provide a platform to discuss the latest developments within autonomous control systems, connectivity, V2X, communication & 5G, advanced road mapping, collision avoidance systems, ADAS & HMI strategy, software, sensors and future innovation. This year’s Technical Stream will hear from industry experts including:

  • Sven Lanwer, Chief Engineer, Chassis Control Systems, Robert Bosch.
  • Serkan Arslan, Director of Automotive, NVIDIA.
  • Roberta Mugellesi Dow, Integrated Applications Manager, European Space Agency.
  • Matthieu Campion, Senior Marketing Manager, TomTom Automotive.
  • Mark Cund, Autonomous Vehicle Control Manager, Jaguar Land Rover.


Chaired by Lukas Neckermann, of Neckermann Strategic Advisors, the Policy Stream will address everything from regulatory roadmaps, policy frameworks, cybersecurity, public opinion and consumer acceptance, to planning, infrastructure, mobility, insurance, liability and legal challenges. Policy Stream speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Austen Okonweze, Head of Research & Development, Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).
  • Andy Davis, Transport Cyber Security Practice Director, NCC Group.
  • Dr John McCarthy, Technical Director, Atkins.
  • Professor Nick Reed, Academy Director, TRL.
  • Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive Project Director, Arup.
  • Andrew Miller, Chief Technology Officer, Thatcham Research.


Exhibition & Networking


DTC’16 will feature dedicated networking sessions and a break-out exhibition bringing together government officials, OEM’s and tier 1 & 2 suppliers with automotive engineers and technicians. Exhibitors including Green Hills Software, INSIGHT, Ordnance Survey, OPTIS, OxTS and dSPACE will showcase the latest technologies and solutions from across the driverless industry.


Further details can be found at the DTC’16 website and twitter @driverlesscars_


Tickets & Registration


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