Intelligent Mobility

The IMPETUS Partnership

The Impetus partnership is a collaborative venture between the University of Nottingham and the University of Leicester to support and progress the Abstract city mapTransport System Catapult’s work on Intelligent Mobility – the optimised movement of people and goods. It is estimated that the Intelligent Mobility market globally, will be worth £900 billion per year by 2025.

Intelligent Mobility harnesses new technologies to create seamless journeys, where transport is smart and connected, and delays and congestions are a thing of the past. This programme will bring universities and businesses closer together to work on solutions to the most pressing transport challenges, and make those ideas a commercial success.”
Steve Yianni, Chief Executive of the Transport Systems Catapult

The Partnership / project was launched in November 2014 and will run for 3 years, delivering a range of events and activities focusing on a number of key themes in Intelligent Mobility.

Key Themes
The key themes we will be focusing on are:

  • End to end journeys
  • Autonomous transport systems
  • Modelling, visualisation and simulation
  • Information exploitation

 The events and activities that will take place across these themes will support:

  • Business engagement with the academic community
  • Shared access to state of the art facilities
  • Delivery of new collaborative funding proposals
  • Producing the Intelligent Mobility experts of the future
  • Development of strategic links to key stakeholders

The partnership is being led by Professor Sarah Sharples from The University of Nottingham and Professor Paul Monks from the University of Leicester. Staff from a variety of university groups are working on the IMPETUS project, providing a wealth of knowledge across the core areas of Journey Experience; Intelligent Infrastructure and Future Transport Systems. For example:

  • passenger information requirements in the end-to-end journey
  • transport systems modelling
  • future cities
  • autonomous vehicles
  • environmental impact of transport
  • ubiquitous communications and positioning
  • advanced distributed sensory systems for transport control


The partnership can offer a wide range of facilities including:

  • GNSS Testing, Research and Development facilities
  • The Human Factors Transport Simulation Laboratory and the Nottingham Integrated Transport and Environment Simulation (NITES) facilities
  • Large-scale Infrastructure Modelling and Test facilities
  • Meetings and demonstration facilities

For more information: and the Impetus brochure.