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Autonomous vehicles under the microscope at Virtual Smart Transport Conference

The UK’s multiple projects and trials for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) will be put under the microscope at this autumn’s Virtual Smart Transport Conference.

The free event will be held virtually across October 20, 21 and 22 and the day two session all about connected and autonomous vehicles will explore how this new technology could be transformative for the smart transport industry.

Iain Forbes, head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, will first outline the Government’s main priorities with introducing more and more advanced driver assistance systems on the road to fully self-driving vehicles in the UK.

George Lunt, Aecom technical director, will tackle how building passenger, regulatory and market confidence in CAV will be essential for forward progress.

Exposure and education to CAV technology will play a major role in normalising self-driving technology, as detailed by a recent Five AI report.

Aecom has experience in developing, operating and maintaining the required infrastructure and programs, as well as planning and designing pilot projects, to make connected and automated vehicles a safe reality around the world.

Daniel Ruiz, the chief executive of Zenzic, the organisation linking industry, government and academia together to help establish the UK as a CAV leader, will then present his view on the latest developments in the sector.

It would have been a year on from when Zenzic set out its Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030, so Ruiz will look at what developments have been made so far with investments and the path to scale CAV capabilities and technologies.

Buy-in from businesses and road users will be essential in helping further normalise CAV technologies, so Conor Chaplin, Transport for Greater Manchester, will present his session all about how citizens are engaging and debating this transformative technology.

All these presentations are just part of the content packed three day event, which will feature over 45 speakers and eight sessions covering all the pressing topics facing the smart transport industry.

To gain access to all of the presentations across the Virtual Smart Transport Conference and more you can register for FREE entry conference.smarttransport.org.uk.

Delegates that sign-up now and miss any content will be able to watch recordings of any sessions they have missed and reach out to speakers and headline strategic partners via

email, chat and one-to-one meetings.

Smart Transport would like to thank its Headline Strategic Partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, AECOM, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, Liberty Global, Macquarie, PJA, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

Key topics to be discussed across the three day event include:

  • Impact of Covid-19 and decarbonisation of the freight industry
  • Strategic placemaking - integrating place and mobility, ‘levelling up’ towns
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the real world: The projects and trials that prove the use case
  • Decarbonising mobility - What have we learnt from Covid-19?
  • Liveable streets, cities and towns after the lockdown
  • Bringing together public and private sector to enable innovation
  • Tackling transportation challenges with big data
  • Public transport and shared mobility

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