The Smart Mobility Unit was launched in March 2018. The Unit builds on projects run at the University such as: Evalu8 (which delivered the Government’s electric vehicle Plugged-in-Places scheme in the East of England), smart bus ticketing and the E-Car Club (the UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use car club).
The Unit’s research interests and expertise include: travel planning, transport-related behaviour change, intelligent transport systems, biometrics, smart ticketing, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) applications, big data analysis and spatial mapping.
The Unit works with the Government, Local Authorities, private sector organisations and public transport operators to develop transport solutions. It is also a partner in projects such as the Hatfield 2030 plan to redevelop Hatfield town centre and in developing Mobility as a Service (MaaS), which aims to make sustainable transport an integral part of community planning and change.
The University has its own bus company called UNO. The Unit collaborates with UNO and that collaboration, along other resources on the University estate, means that the University can act as a ‘living laboratory’ for research projects.
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