Williams F1 and TRL (the UK Transport Research Laboratory) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on research regarding the application of advanced simulator-based vehicle training technologies. This will help to improve road safety, reduce vehicle emissions and increase passenger comfort and safety.
The cooperation will be led by the Williams Technology Centre, Qatar (WTCQ) and TRL’s Qatar Centre, both of which are located in the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).
TRL is a global transportation research and consultancy company with internationally-recognised centres of excellence providing world-class research, consultancy, testing and certification for all aspects of transport. The company has more than seventy five years’ experience in its field and has notable expertise in the use of simulator technology to carry out research into driving behaviours and for conducting advanced driver training. TRL Ltd has a QSTP-Branch and is currently developing innovative road transport processes and technologies to help realise Qatar's vision of economic growth.
The MoU between Williams F1 and TRL will see the two companies collaborate on joint research, marketing and business development initiatives and use Williams F1’s simulator technology to help improve road safety, fuel efficiency and other aspects of driver behaviour in Qatar and internationally. Pioneered over the last decade for the advanced training of the world’s leading racing drivers, Williams F1’s simulator technology is now being developed for applications beyond the racetrack and, at the WTCQ, allows high-fidelity, advanced training to be conducted in a controlled environment. Using this approach has the benefit of “repetitiveness” to enable assessment and skills improvement to develop consistently. The partnership will use this technology to research, develop and validate driver training tools and the standards that govern the use of simulator technology for regular, commercial and emergency vehicles.
On the importance of this initiative, Sue Sharland, TRL Chief Executive, commented, “This collaboration with Williams F1 presents a tremendous opportunity to make major advances in the application of simulator technologies for training. We are committed to delivering exciting and fresh innovation here in Qatar.”
On behalf of Williams F1, Alex Burns said, “TRL is globally respected in the field of transportation. Working with them through our respective centres in QSTP to research and apply Williams F1’s advanced simulator technologies beyond motorsport represents an excellent strategic fit. ”
Dr. Tidu Maini, Executive Chairman for QSTP added, “This cooperation between Williams F1 and TRL is a good example of the rich environment for collaborative applied research provided by QSTP. It is very encouraging to see our clients work together to develop new initiatives based on common interests.”