Revolutionising transportation by improving sustainable practices and eliminating unpredictability
Transportation, especially public transport, has been one of the greatest levellers of the modern age. The means to travel has directly increased standards of living by facilitating trade, exchange and creating entirely new industries. This, however, does not mean that the industry, especially its legacy, is without its challenges. Global concerns such as climate change can, to a certain extent, be laid at the doors of the industry. Rising urban populations, accessibility, safety and security issues all exacerbate the challenges being faced by the sector.
The sector is a significant contributor to climate change which presents a major obstacle to achieving climate change reduction goals for many nations.
There are initiatives taking place that are combining the latest technologies and tools to bring the Industrial Metaverse to the transportation sector.
Road freight is one of the hardest parts of the transport system to decarbonise. There is a pilot programme being funded by the UK Government’s Department for Transport that is looking at creating an electric road system or e-Highway. It would require the installation of overhead electric cables along motorways to power electric HGVs (eHGVs).
Much in the same way that trains and trams are connected to the national grid, these eHGVs will also be connected. Ahead of this a feasibility study that Hadean is working on in partnership with the UK’s Connected Places Catapult, to explore the requirements for an e-Highway roll-out.
Digital twin technology will be employed to create high fidelity 3D models of complex road networks. Known data about traffic levels, weather conditions and other mitigating data will be analysed and the entire system can be stress-tested under unlimited ‘what-if’ scenarios This will provide understanding of journey patterns, fluctuations in electricity due to freight demand and to assess the ways in which the National Grid has to adapt, and all before the e-Highway build begins.