Gaist is set to play a central role in the next wave of intelligent mobility developments, following a collaboration with the world-leading testbed, the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL).

The SMLL is to integrate Gaist’s Roads as a Service (“RaaS”) providing a number rich datasets and insight into its lab testbed:

Gaist are supporting the 24km stretch of road network used to trial cutting-edge mobility technologies by supplying highly detailed carriageway and footway condition surveys combined with a full roadscape asset inventory. All of this is supported by Gaist HighwayView and 360 degree HD Imagery. Alongside this, Gaist have London wide data sets of dynamic road condition data and aligned 360 HD imagery, covering 14,000km of every road with the capital which will be available in the lab.

The testbed, in East London, is the most advanced of its kind. It is used by private and public sector organisations to answer crucial questions about their innovations, such as ‘is it safe enough?’ and ‘how will this service interface with existing transport services?’ and to demonstrate and evaluate their performance, safety and environmental impact.

Developed by  TRL with partners from government and industry, the lab is currently being used as a centre to plan and deliver real-world user trials of Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) technologies and to support the accelerated training of AI systems.

The tie-up – the latest in a series of global partnerships unveiled by Gaist – sees Gaist join an elite club of forward-thinking businesses and academic institutions. SMLL members include Honda, Aviva, Nissan, Cisco and Telefonica.

Andrew Loveless, CRO at Gaist, said: “The Highway is at the heart of many UK Government policies and initiatives providing the physical linkages for commerce, mobility and regeneration. Gaist and the Smart Mobility Living Lab have a shared vision of providing data at scale, to power a national digital Road as a Service “RaaS” allowing aggregated data sets to be provided to a broad set of stakeholders including CAV, transport, local authorities and central government. Today from the lab Gaist can show road condition as experienced by motorists on every road in London dynamically updated to enable the planning of journeys by the safest route.”

Lucien Linders, General Manager at the Smart Mobility Living Lab, said: “We are excited to welcome Gaist as our latest member to provide the opportunity to actively engage with the rapidly developing and exciting mobility eco-system. It further strengthens our community and shows that more and more companies believe that a collaborative, fostering environment will help and guide them to successful development and deployment of future mobility products and services.”

New technologies, shifts in urban movement following the pandemic and the need to accelerate efforts to achieve the carbon net zero 2050 target are contributing to significant disruption in the mobility sector.

Rigorous trials and evidence-based predictions using detailed, reliable data are critical in supporting policy changes and fuelling confident decision-making.

Launched earlier this year, the Gaist Global Partnership Programme is seeing Gaist forge relationships with organisations across the mapping, mobility and asset management sectors.

By layering its rich datasets about the road and roadscape with high-quality data from partner organisations, Gaist can further enrich the industry-leading intelligence it provides to its global customer base and build the UK’s capability and insights around mobility.



About Gaist

Since 2007 Gaist have partnered across central and local governments, geospatial industries and infrastructure and telecommunications companies on a mission to change how we understand and interpret the roadscape.

Offering transformational roadscape intelligence and insights tailored to client needs, Gaist are at the forefront of delivering solutions focused on delivering value to partners across 4 continents.

Fuelled by a further round of investment from BGF in 2021, Gaist are collaborating in a series of global partnerships with aligned data and geospatial groups- combining and layering its datasets and insights with ‘best-in-class’ partners  to help further cement the UK’s reputation at the forefront of the transport technology market.

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About SMLL

Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) is a London-based real-world connected environment for testing and developing future transport and mobility solutions. The locations of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford provide a complex public testing environment, capable of demonstrating and evaluating the use, performance, safety and benefits of CAV technology and future transport services in a representative and technologically challenging city environment.

SMLL was built by a consortium, part funded by industry and the Government via CCAV and InnovateUK.  It is managed by TRL, supported by DG Cities and London Legacy Development Corporation. SMLL is part of CAM TestbedUK, six core facilities within a three-hour drive offering a comprehensive set of capabilities for the testing and development of connected and automated mobility (CAM) technologies. Funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and coordinated by Zenzic, CAM Testbed UK is able to offer interoperability to customers that is unrivalled worldwide.

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About TRL

TRL is a global centre for innovation in transport and mobility. It provides world-leading research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes and related markets engaged in intelligent, new mobility innovations.

Independent from government, industry and academia, TRL helps organisations create global transport systems that are safe, clean, affordable, liveable and efficient.

Established in 1933 within the British Government as the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, TRL was subsequently privatised in 1996. Today, TRL has more than 1,000 clients across 145 countries, driving positive societal and economic benefit worldwide.

Core areas of expertise include infrastructure asset management & asset technologies; intelligent transport systems & traffic operations; sustainability & healthy mobility; vehicle safety engineering & technology research; major incident investigations; human factors safety & behavioural science.

TRL is strategically investing, producing disruptive research and delivering innovation linked to:

  • Connected & self-driving vehicles
  • Ultra-low emission technologies
  • Shared mobility services
  • Intelligent asset information
  • Big data, machine learning & artificial intelligence.

Headquartered in the UK, nearly 1/3rd of TRL’s business is with overseas organisations. Its international focus covers Europe, India, Africa & Middle East, plus wider Commonwealth countries, supported by strategic collaborations in North America and Asia Pacific.

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