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A consultation has been launched which will consider the ground-breaking technologies that will transform how we travel over the next decade and how we can unleash the UK’s potential as a world leader in the future of transport.

Proposals set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps include:

  • placing the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge transport technologies
  • the expansion of EV chargepoint network across the UK
  • how drones and autonomous vessels could safely perform new functions, such as delivering goods and aiding search-and-rescue missions

Radical changes are expected in transport over the next decade, and the government wants to ensure the right framework is in place to drive innovation, keep people safe and harness the benefits of new technologies right across the country.

Among the proposals being considered are future plans for a robust and expansive chargepoint network that will allow everyone to make the switch to electric, supporting the government’s commitment to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. This would see even more chargepoints along motorways, streets and at popular destinations to make them more accessible, as well as helping to ensure they are inclusively designed so they are easy to use by all.

Building on the views expressed in the consultation, the government will bring forward final proposals on the Future of Transport, addressing the systemic changes in transport happening due to electrification, automation and new digital and data-driven ways of doing business.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This is a hugely exciting time for transport in the UK. On our roads EVs are set to become the norm within the decade, on our seas autonomous and remotely operated vessels will increase efficiency and improve safety, and in our skies drones and novel aircraft will transform the way people and goods move around.

“Supporting these innovations will not only ensure high standards for consumers but also create a research-friendly environment so we can continue being world leaders in transport. We will create a safer, greener transport system that attracts investment and supports skilled jobs across the country.”

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