ITS (UK)’s Young Professionals lead a busy week of thought leadership for the Society
The Introduction of smart mobility solutions will bring a real return on investment in cities, according to the next generation of transport technology experts.
The ITS (UK) Young Professionals meeting in London was one of three of the Society’s Forums which met during a busy first week of October, to examine driverless vehicles, smart cities, road user charging and other topics.
The Young Professionals, meeting at PA Consulting in London (pictured), discussed smart cities and concluded that the industry’s of the future will need people skills such as citizen engagement, open-mindedness, flexibility, realism and collaboration, while practitioners will be data scientists and architects along with traditional civil engineers and transport planners.
Meanwhile Connected Vehicle specialists attending a joint meeting with their counterparts from the Netherlands at the Dutch embassy stressed that, while they remain world leaders, the challenge is keeping up with technology and that a collective aspect is important. Collaboration is key, the meeting heard, and having an end objective is vital. They agreed the ITS industry can do more to improve and be influential within cultural areas of importance such as climate change.
The Road User Charging Forum, hosted heard a claim that the policy is the “silver bullet” for traffic congestion and pollution. It heard how autonomous vehicles will increase mobility and therefore congestion and that the air quality agenda and clean air zones will make road user charging socially acceptable while falls in fuel duty will push political acceptance.
“The diverse range of discussions and attendees at our recent Forums underlined the value of our expertise and knowledge,” said Jennie Martin, ITS (UK) Secretary General. “Our whole remit is to facilitate excellent networking and knowledge sharing and our busy week underlined that, as will our ITS (UK) Summit next week in Coventry. We really are the powerful combined voice of the ITS Industry, leading the conversation about intelligent mobility.”
The ITS (UK) Summit, which concentrates on policy, implementation and funding of transport technology solutions takes place on 17 October with the President’s dinner and awards the night before. A few places are still available – book yours at www.itssummit.co.uk.