• Ricardo launches real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service

    20 March 2017
    • Accurate measurement of the emissions of passing vehicles
    • Linked to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras for individual vehicle identification
    • Data can be used to inform Clean Air Zone and Low Emissions Zone design and policy
    • Highlights the most polluting of vehicles at a given highway location based on actual usage


    Vehicle emissions are the primary cause of air quality standard exceedances in the majority of UK Air Quality Management Areas. Increasing pressure to reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles has led to growing interest in the introduction of ‘Clean Air Zones’ and ‘Low Emission Zones’. However, such mitigation measures are expensive to ...

  • VIEWPOINT: The auto industry can learn from rail in autonomous vehicle safety

    20 December 2016

    David McShane – VP of business development, Ricardo Inc


    There can be little doubt that the world is urbanizing fast. According to United Nations statistics, more than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and this number is expected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. By 2030, it is projected that there will be 41 so-called ‘megacities’, and managing these fast-growing, densely populated conurbations will pose numerous challenges – including meeting the need for efficient transportation.

    Today’s world of mobility is thus dramatically changing in response to this ...



  • Climate momentum from Marrakech

    19 December 2016

    Fresh from their participation in the COP22 summit in Morocco, Ricardo’s top team of environmental specialists is closely involved in helping a wide range of nations to begin putting their agreed climate change mitigation and adaptation measures into practice. Tony Lewin senses a new mood of optimism.

    There was general euphoria after the 2015 COP21 climate conference in Paris where the world’s nations committed to a programme of greenhouse gas [GHG] and climate adaptation measures to address the worsening impacts of climate change and keep the rise of global temperatures to ‘well below’ 2 degrees Celsius.

    The most important outcome of Paris ...

  • A potential future multi-vector energy landscape for the UK

    13 December 2016

    The Energy Systems Catapult is a leading technology and innovation centre set up to help the UK navigate the transformation of its energy system (comprising electricity, heat and combustible gases) and to capture the new commercial opportunities created. In mid-2015, the Catapult approached Ricardo with a view to supporting a study into the potential of developing a core test and demonstration competence in the multi-vector energy space within the UK.

    “One of the key challenges for those active in looking at multi-vector energy systems is the ability to test new innovations,” explains Catapult head of innovation Eric Brown. “Our aim with ...

  • Putting innovation into practice

    13 December 2016

    Impartial expert advice is vital if high-potential innovations are to be brought successfully from concept into commercial reality. Clear guidance in steering projects from Technology Readiness Levels 1 to 6 can be especially valuable, as Anthony Smith reports


    It is often said that too many otherwise very promising technology-based ideas fail to reach market and achieve their true potential due to failures in the initial stages of the innovation process. In terms of NASA’s well-known model of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), this is a problem that particularly affects the early stages of technology development, from concept to a robust prototype demonstration ...

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