Volvo’s first Innovation Summit to focus on transport in smart cities of the future


The Volvo Group will host its inaugural Innovation Summit in London on May 16, with the event focusing on ‘Smart cities – infrastructure and transport of the future’.

Moderated by Richard Westcott, the BBC’s transport correspondent, the event will gather leading people from government, major transport systems, industry bodies and manufacturing to examine the role that innovation in commercial transport, including automation, electromobility, and connectivity, will play in the cities of tomorrow. The London event is the first in a series of similar summits that Volvo will hold around the world during 2017, including in Brussels, Belgium, and Beijing, China. The Innovation Summit is designed to further the debate and introduce new thinking on prominent current issues, including air quality and pollution, congestion, health and road safety.

The Volvo Innovation Summit will be held at Here East, Stratford, and runs from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Speakers at the event will include: Matthew Hudson, head of technology and data strategy at Transport for London (TfL); Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council; and Lars Stenqvist, chief technology officer for the Volvo Group (below). As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, and marine and industrial engines, the Volvo Group will also demonstrate some of its latest innovations in research and development, including a fully electric city bus, an autonomous refuse truck, and a fully electric compact excavator concept.

“Issues such as air quality and road safety are rightly gaining in prominence, both politically and socially, particularly in densely populated cities, such as London,” explained Stenqvist. “We believe that technological innovation, including automation, electromobility and connectivity, has significant potential to address these issues. For that to happen it is important to keep the discussion moving forward, stimulating changes that make people safer, healthier and to mitigate transport’s impact on the environment. This summit brings together influential individuals, decision makers and organizations that can affect this type of positive change in the UK, as we all strive to find an answer to the key transport challenges of the future.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).