New UK conference to explore a national strategy for intelligent mobility

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Transport experts are set to come together in Loughborough, UK, for the inaugural Midlands Intelligent Mobility Conference, which aims to look to the future of transportation and highlight new technologies and business models that are revolutionizing the mobility sector.

Organized by both the Impetus and Impart intelligent mobility partnerships, alongside the UK’s Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), the free Conference and Exhibition will take place at Loughborough University on November 30 and December 1. It will provide a national platform to bring together industry, government and the academic sector to look at the national strategies to develop intelligent mobility solutions that will enable the smarter, greener and more efficient movement of people and goods.

Speakers confirmed for the event so far include the TSC’s CEO, Steve Yianni, and Professor Sarah Sharples from Nottingham University, with many more industry experts from business, government and academia due to be announced in the coming weeks.

Topics to be covered in the plenary sessions will include:

• Autonomous and connected transport systems;

• Improving safety for all road users;

• The global perspective on intelligent mobility;

• Local authorities – how to implement urban mobility;

• User-centered approaches and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS);

• Improving urban transport with disruptive technologies.

The conference will also include a series of parallel workshops intended to develop skills and encourage new cooperative initiatives, including:

• ‘Research road maps for intelligent mobility’, which will allow participants to contribute to an important road mapping document that will outline the research required to enable a quick and smooth transition to a world where intelligent mobility is a reality;

• ‘Consortium building for future research calls’, which has been facilitated by the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and will offer the opportunity to develop new consortia around specific funding calls;

• ‘Cyber security – the biggest challenge facing intelligent mobility?’, which will introduce this challenge, its implications for intelligent mobility and the commercial and research challenges and opportunities;

• ‘Opportunities in new mobility – how business can engage and benefit’, which will give companies an opportunity to hear the latest thinking from industry leaders on the direction new mobility is taking, and offers a forum to discuss how best to engage for mutual benefit.

Professor Pete Thomas, from Loughborough University’s Safe and Smart Mobility program, said, “We’re currently living through a revolution in transport, driven by a flood of new technologies and the digitalization of the travelling public, who are increasingly expecting products and services to be delivered via smart technology. This conference will equip attendees with the knowledge and information they need to remain on the cutting edge of transport technology, as well as providing some excellent networking opportunities.”

Impart and Impetus are part of the TSC’s University Partnership Program, and are collaboration projects between Loughborough, De Montfort, Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham Trent universities, together with the TSC, to deliver a program of activities that focus on a number of key themes of intelligent mobility.

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