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About us

Our research in future transport and cities is at the forefront of mobility innovation in a rapidly changing technology-enabled world. We see major disruption in the transport sector due to the imminent arrival of future technology such as connected and automated mobility. As a result of this, the way in which people, goods and services moves is changing dramatically and we are guiding that change.

Our truly multi-disciplinary teams develop knowledge through frontline, cutting-edge applied research enabled by strong internal and external networks. We use robust scientific methods coupled with innovative modelling and simulation techniques, to guide and develop solutions and inform policy on the next generation of transport, mobility and the environments in which they take place.

Everyone in society will benefit from this innovation in future mobility that will lead to safer roads, secure systems, cleaner cities and transform how people and goods move around in the UK and the wider world. We are proud to be part of that future.

We are undertaking research in the following areas:

Our leadership team

Head and shoulders photo of Kevin Vincent wearing a black suit and white shirt

Kevin Vincent

Director of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research

Stewart Birrell

Professor Stewart Birrell

Research Centre Director

Paul Herriotts

Professor Paul Herriotts

Director National Centre for Accessible Transport

Our Team

Our research team brings a wealth of experience to the Centre for Future Transport and Cities (CFTC). This multidisciplinary team is further supported by our association with industry-leading organisations, ensuring that CFTC is firmly embedded within the commercial ecosystem that it supports. Many of our own researchers have years of industry experience of their own to support the development of the next generation of pioneers in the transport sector, besides the knowledge required to bring production-ready mobility solutions to the fore.

Find out more about the staff and PhD researchers working at CFTC and the work they are carrying out by visiting the PURE portal.

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