Innovate UK has launched a new study setting out what the UK transport system may look like in 2050 and the likely steps to achieving it.
The major trends identified in the report are: powering of transport in the future will radically change, bringing significant opportunities and risk for UK design, production and supply chains; electricity, hydrogen, ammonia and sustainable fuel will replace petroleum and create new opportunities for generation, production and distribution; and greater connectivity, autonomous systems, new business models and robotics will transform transport.
Innovate UK suggests that steps need to be taken in six areas in order to acheive the 2050 vision: travel and transport demand; connectivity; energy vectors; autonomy; business models; and infrastructure.
This vision document will be regularly updated and used to inform decisions on future investments, Innovate UK said, and it is seeking feedback to help refine and improve the vision.
Indro Mukerjee, chief executive officer at Innovate UK said: "We will use this vision and our assessment of the UK’s relative strengths to determine where we invest our efforts over the coming years.
"We hope it will also inform and guide our partners in the public sector and in industry when they are making their investment decisions.
"We also welcome feedback to help us refine and improve this work."
Ian Constance, chief executive officer at the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), added: "This high-level review of the UK’s vision for transport demonstrates the very sizeable investments required to transition industry and wider society to net zero over the next 20 to 30 years.
"The APC would welcome continued Government support that would enable the UK to focus on key priorities in this transition, with significant economic, environmental and societal benefits as a result."