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Digital Roads of the Future

Digita Roads Prosperity Partnership

The Digital Roads Prosperity Partnership (DR) is a business-led £8.6m research project, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The programme is part of the overall Digital Roads of the Future initiative, involving Cambridge engineers in partnership with National Highways, and the construction and engineering company, Costain. It will work alongside the FUTUREROADS programme, a £5.9m programme supported by EU MSCA COFUND, offering 27 experienced researcher fellowships over 60 months.

Digital Roads is leading the way in the digital revolution of our vital road network, a once-in-a-century transformation to make roads safer and greener. The research will explore how Digital Twins, smart materials, data science and robotic monitoring can work together to develop a connected physical and digital road infrastructure system. The vision is to deliver resilient roads that can measure and monitor their own performance over time, to make roads safer and greener. 

By 2030, the Digital Roads team aims to develop outcomes to a commercial stage and to follow the same development journey for other road assets such as bridges and tunnels, followed by the entire strategic road network by 2040.