Our client Addison Lee Group was recognised for its pioneering work into autonomous vehicle ride-sharing services this month, when it won the Autonomous Breakthrough of the Year Award for the MERGE Greenwich project at the TRANStech Awards 2019.

Backed by the UK Government, this £1 million, 12-month project was delivered by an Addison Lee-led consortium to simulate and assess the impact of an AV ride-sharing service in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Since publication, the findings have been used by many organisations; the free-to-download MERGE Greenwich report has proved valuable for industry and Government alike as decision-makers seek answers to their transport questions.

MERGE Greenwich was a perfect example of collaboration being key to success, as we mentioned in our October blog. None of the consortium partners (Addison Lee, DG Cities, Ford, Transport systems Catapult and TRL) could have achieved such a valuable outcome if they’d been working alone.

I was thrilled to collect the Karhoo-sponsored award from Red Dwarf star and EV/AV enthusiast Robert Llewellyn, especially as the nominees included three other strong contenders – Oxfordshire County Council (I-Hub: Enabling Emerging Transport Technologies), Parkopedia (Re-inventing Parking for Level-4 Autonomy) and The Floow (MOVE_UK: Realising Autonomous Insurance Risk Scoring).

This inaugural year of TRANStech Awards attracted over 130 entries – a sure sign of the exciting, innovative times we live in – and more than 300 people were at the event, which was held at London’s The Royal Lancaster Hotel. The awards recognise people and organisations designing and using technology to improve our transport system. They reward excellence and achievement in established and emerging areas of mobility and transport, and celebrate positive impacts on people, the environment and our social fabric.

It was really interesting listening to details of all the projects, quite a few of which were new to me, and a great opportunity to get up to speed with what’s happening in the industry and to meet some potential future partners.


Photo shows Catherine with the Award and Karhoo’s Boris Pilichowski