£3.6 million funding has been offered to 10 projects that will transform rail passenger travel.
The projects will develop and demonstrate technologies that will improve the passenger experience on UK railways. These include a design for train carriages that will increase peak hours seat numbers; and a carriage design that can quickly switch from carrying passengers to carrying goods.
Other projects include beacons that guide visually-impaired passengers through the station and to their seat; technology enabling disabled passengers to seek real-time assistance with their journey; and an augmented reality application that highlights a journey’s landmarks.
The technologies will be showcased through real-life demonstrators, enabling passengers to experience and feedback on the innovations.