SMLL is supported by a consortium of world-class partners, using their combined expertise to help shape the future of the global transport and mobility sector.


TRL is the Project Lead for creating SMLL.  Using its world-renowned experience of transport, road safety and transport data management, it’s responsible for determining the market requirements and developing these into facilities and mobility services, selecting test routes and monitoring architecture installed on them. TRL will lead in selecting a range of open-architecture autonomous trial vehicles, design of the integrated data hub and business applications providing SMLL Ltd customers with business level information. TRL will also develop Safety Test Standards and Test Protocols.

In conjunction with DG Cities, TRL operates SMLL Ltd and plans its future development.


Cisco helps seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected. An integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships, working together to identify our customers' needs and provide solutions that fuel their success.

 We have preserved this keen focus on solving business challenges since our founding in 1984. As lead partner in the build phase of SMLL, we are committed to driving co-innovation to answer some of the biggest questions around the future of mobility.


DG Cities Limited is an urban innovation company which specialises in the integration of ‘smart city’ technologies and approaches to maximise their benefits for cities and optimise the use of resources, infrastructure and services.  Owned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, we occupy a unique position at the interface between cities and innovation. We champion an integrated approach that uses technology, data and holistic spatial planning to deliver a blueprint for a sustainable city that offers a good quality of life for its residents.

DG Cities role on the project is centred around the integration of the SMLL services within existing city infrastructure. DG Cities is leading the design and build of the facilities for SMLL customers including control rooms, office space, garaging and workshops. DG Cities is also identifying the connectivity needs and requirements for designing and building SMLL services in order to enable vehicle monitoring and transfer of data. DG Cities is co-leading the Strategic Research Programme (SRP) alongside TRL. 


The London Legacy Development Corporation is a Mayoral Development Corporation with responsibility for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding areas. The Park has rapidly been established as an area of innovation and collaboration and will use its status as a smart, sustainable district to demonstrate how technology and integrated approaches can support the operation of new technologies in a real-world environment.


Cubic is the leading integrator of payment and information solutions and related services for intelligent travel applications in the transportation industry. We deliver integrated systems for transportation and traffic management, providing tools for travellers to choose the smartest and easiest way to travel and pay for their journeys, while enabling transportation authorities and agencies to manage demand across the entire transportation network – all in real-time. Within this test bed, we will be using our experience to help design and build the payment system, which will allow users of the system to make payments for their journeys.


Loughborough University is the lead academic partner for the project and will bring its broad experience of research and teaching to help establish the test bed. The University has an intensive research programme across the Intelligent Mobility spectrum covering CAV development and testing as well as safety, mobility, road user behaviour and system evaluations. It conducts on and off-road trials of CAVs and leads European research to integrate CAV deployment into future policy-making.

The university will lead the development of Research@SMLL, a research centre within the project that will bring together the testing and R&D capabilities of the SMLL partners.


TfL is the integrated transport authority responsible for delivering Mayor of London’s strategy and commitments on transport. TfL runs the day-to-day operation of the Capital's public transport network and manages London's main roads.

TfL is involved in the specification of upgraded traffic infrastructure delivering the integration into the traffic management system and will sit on the steering group for the commercial Test Facility.

TfL will also use the learnings from its involvement to ensure any future technology development align with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, through a better understanding of how CAVs impact pedestrians, cyclists and the wider transport network.‎


Zenzic (formerly Meridian) was created by government and industry to champion the connected andself-driving ecosystem and accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK. The companydrivescollaboration with partners across industry, government and academia to shape a world-classTestbed UK, and to deliver a comprehensive UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to2030. Zenzic is channelling £200 million of investment, with the goal of ensuring a safer, moreinclusive and productive mobile future.


The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) works across government to support the market for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). CCAV, a joint Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Transport (DfT) policy team, was established in 2015. By working closely with industry, academia and regulators, it aims to make the UK a premier development location for connected and automated vehicles. CCAV are providing over £250 million in funding, matched by industry, to position the UK at the forefront of CAV research, development and use. This will contribute to UK economic growth and help industry to develop safe, efficient systems to move goods and help people get around.

We are delighted to already be partnering with some incredibly exciting organisations and journey makers – you can find out more about them here.