Digital innovation

Creating value through digital

We leverage digital technologies to improve user experience, operational excellence and deliver new digital offerings that support our clients' business transformation

Digitally enhanced solutions for the automotive sector

Our digitally enhanced solutions and service delivery augment the consulting and engineering services we offer. We enable integrated digital solutions, virtual/digital engineering and digital twin for our emerging mobility customers who are seeking our expertise in platform electrification and energy transition.

Ricardo has developed geofencing technology that automatically triggers hybrid vehicles to only use electric when in specific locations city centres or clean air zones,  plus data science inspired models analysing location and financial data to determine demands for electric bus networks - all to support fleet operators and regional transport authorities seeing to cut transport emissions and improve urban air quality. Our digital expertise is trusted by customers to reduce risk of integrating new technology, reduce cost and reduce the time to market. 

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Government and public sector digital modelling advanced applications

Ricardo's world-leading air quality team has digital expertise and capabilities in monitoring and software modelling applicable at national, regional and megacity scale.

Our expertise is trusted by national, regional and local level governments in: the UK, Europe (including the European Commission's revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directive), Middle East, Australia, South America, Africa to develop air quality, energy and transport policies, and national or international strategies that offer routes to delivering national emissions reduction commitments.

Through our RapidAir® air quality modelling tool, we enable transport planners and policy makers to make trusted and informed policy decisions for example around clean air zones, low emissions zones and zero emission zones. 

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Virtual engineering for new product introduction

We are engineering specialists in niche volume manufacturing and software development to analyse and optimise complex physical systems.

A key pillar of our renowned expertise in new product introduction and industrial consultancy is our capability in design for assembly and virtual engineering which helps our clients, who ranging in size from start-ups to established multi-nationals, successfully navigate the steps from concept to niche volume production. 

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Digital modelling and support systems for the maritime sector

We have been supporting the UK Government to develop and enhance the UK’s National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory for over 30 years. Air quality pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions data from shipping is significant in the UK. Through our proprietary database management system and methodology, we estimate  emissions based on actual routes taken by ships and vessels and allocate them as domestic or international trades. As part of a consortium project, funded by the UK Government, we are developing a desk-based decision modelling and support system tool to analyse, scope and develop plans for the Shetland Islands' maritime sector energy transition. 

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Digital impact to gain efficiencies in the rail sector

Ricardo enables the digital railway from project inception right through to revenue earning service.

Our digital railway solutions range from assurance and approvals of products and projects, through virtual testing of components or entire vehicles and even covers monitoring of rail and rolling stock asset performance in service.

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Helping you understand the challenges facing agriculture and implement sustainable solutions that deliver effective results.

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We work with businesses to maximise benefit and avoid risks on their sustainability journey.

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Ricardo provides impartial evidence and analysis underpinning environmental policymaking throughout the policy life cycle.

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Complementary measures that solve air quality problems and help mitigate carbon emissions and ensure a vibrant and livable city for your residents. 

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Ricardo supports utilities, mining, resources, healthcare and the public sector to develop, deliver and manage their projects and assets.

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Providing expertise to support your chemical operations and sustainable growth.

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World-leading environmental, energy and policy modelling to create a safe and sustainable world.

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Ricardo's strategic consultancy services enables our clients to navigate complexity in a disrupted world.

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Ricardo's strategic consultancy offering enables our clients to navigate complexity in a disrupted world.

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Ricardo offers world-class technical consulting services to enable our customers to get the most from their products and services in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors.

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Technical insights and analysis from Ricardo experts.

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