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GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment)

GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment), an £8 million research project, was set up to try and understand how the technical, legal and societal challenges of autonomous vehicles might be tackled. The project is funded by Innovation UK and Industry, and led by Transport Research Laboratory. The RCA has been a key partner in Gateway; the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre led the project with support from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design to carry out a series of workshops, driverless vehicle trials and exhibitions to explore the public’s hopes and fears regarding London's driverless future. Here are some insights from that research:

  • People are less scared of the technology than the press imagine. They see opportunities in autonomous vehicles.
  • There is a high expectation that mobility will become a service in the same way that we accept data in mobile communication. Mobility will be intelligent, so it will work around you and work for you.
  • Many participants thought that driverless vehicles were the future of transport in the city, and the network of vehicles and sensors would create an exciting, efficient and potentially revolutionary transformation in how cities develop both spatially and economically.

For more information and an update on the project, please visit

Research Team

Prof Dale Harrow

Rama Gheerawo

Dan Phillips

Sam Johnson

Dan Quinlan

Elizabeth Roberts

Gabriele Meldaikyte

Paul Piliste

Ralf Alwani