Arup’s transport planners have been shortlisted in the National Infrastructure Commission’s Roads for the Future competition – to design streets fit for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
The entry – called FlexKerbs – looks at how CAVs can co-exist with all road users, and the future management of the side-of-the-road through the introduction of flexible kerb space. Driven by real-time data and local policy, FlexKerbs will intelligently adjust permitted kerbside uses throughout the day and week to ensure that space both meets demand and achieves local transport goals. Over the course of a day, for instance, a single FlexKerb segment could function as a cycle path at rush hour, a pedestrian plaza at lunchtime, a CAV rank in the evening and a loading zone overnight.
Arup’s study was shortlisted out of 81 entrants by Sir John Armitt and the judging panel – along with four other ideas. The five teams will now receive up to £30,000 each to test their ideas, with a £50,000 prize available for the overall winner to be announced this autumn.