How will technology improve our journeys?


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How we get around is going to change significantly in the future. New technologies are improving transport to make it safer, cleaner and better connected. Self-driving cars and electric vehicles will improve the air we breathe and make our journeys more efficient.

Technology is affecting people's attitudes to travel. The majority of adults have access to a smartphone and users are increasingly expecting to be able to plan, book and pay for transport through their phones, making journeys easier and more reliable. 


Through the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, we can shape our future to make travel safer, better connected and more efficient.

On 21 May 2018 the Prime Minister announced the first Future of Mobility Grand Challenge mission: To put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, with all new cars and vans effectively zero emission by 2040

These are big ambitions -  and not for government alone. We need everyone to contribute: industry, academia, local government, civil society, as well as individuals themselves.

We are committed to a transport network that works for everyone. To begin, we have one question: 

How can we ensure that future transport technologies and services are developed in an inclusive manner?


Get involved

  • Thank you all for taking the time to contribute to the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which is focused on emerging transport technologies and services. We are grateful for your ideas for, amongst other things, accelerating the transition to zero emission road transport and reducing congestion.  
  • The most commented on idea related to the use of nanotechnology to improve the efficiency of energy storage. Innovations such as this could play an important role in enabling us to achieve our mission for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.
  • We are currently seeking views on a range of questions relating to our work on the Grand Challenge through a more detailed call for evidence. If you would like to contribute to this, please go to The call for evidence will close on 10 September.
  • We will study both the ideas submitted through the Dialogue platform and the responses to the call for evidence as we develop our plans. An update will be provided in a strategy document published later this year.

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