This seminar considered the next steps for developing a smart transport system in the UK, following the announcement of an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in the Queen’s Speech, and the commitments set out in the Clean Growth Strategy to further develop the transport infrastructure and take advantage of emerging technologies.
It also followed the Autumn Budget’s pledge of £540m to support the growth of electric and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), including supporting infrastructure; targets for driverless cars to be on UK roads by 2021; the recently announced HGV ‘platooning’ trial; and the launch of MERIDIAN as a testing hub for CAV.
Delegates examined the future of public funding and opportunities for attracting private investment, as well as considering the challenges for developing an insurance regime fit for CAV, which protects private and commercial road users.
Further sessions discussed the latest thinking and research on intelligent mobility, on ‘mobility-as-a-service’ within smart cities and local transport provision, and on the use of data and integration of technology to improve journeys and passenger experience.
Delegates also reviewed the provisions for cyber security and the priorities for protecting private data within intelligent transport systems, in light of recently published guidance.