Tuesday, 22nd March 2016 - 18:00
ITS United Kingdom briefs the Transport Select Committee on connected and autonomous vehicles
ITS (UK) recently accepted an offer to provide an informal briefing to the Transport Select Committee on the development of connected and autonomous vehicles. ITS (UK) drew together a high profile team to present: Ian Patey, Vice-Chair of ITS (UK), Chair of the ITS (UK) Connected Vehicles Interest Group and Head of Profession, Mouchel Consulting; Nigel Wall, Chair of the ITS (UK) Communications Interest Group and CEO, Shadow Creek Consultancy; and Cyriel Diels, Chair of the ITS (UK) Automotive User Interest Group and Senior Lecturer in Human Factors, Coventry University.
The Committee members heard an independent and unbiased account of what ITS (UK) considers are some of the important issues that need to be addressed in this exciting area. The overview included ITS (UK)'s perspective regarding the development of autonomous vehicles in the UK - identifying that ITS (UK) has been following and contributing closely to the development of autonomous vehicles and has an opinion on the various opportunities, benefits and obstacles as they apply to the UK. These include how the integration of autonomous vehicles with other vehicles on the roads network may take place, the realistic time-scales when they will be common-place on UK roads and other related issues such as Standards and legislation.
The presenters outlined that the development of autonomous vehicles varies greatly around the globe; they are perceived as the 'next big thing' and some nations are stating that their research and development are well advanced and that road-legal vehicles will become a regular feature on their roads within the next few years. This is far from the case and there are numerous obstacles standing in the path of those nations who are making such boastful claims. Before being able to deploy autonomous vehicles together with other conventional vehicles on any road network a number of crucial issues such as Standards, legality, safety, assurance and reliability need to be addressed.
The UK developments have many strong aspects to substantiate its position as one of the nations that are at the forefront of developments and although the UK autonomous vehicle industry has many 'good stories to tell' it is worthwhile noting that it also acknowledges that there are significant obstacles that need to be resolved.
This was an excellent opportunity to communicate with the Transport Select Committee who expressed their appreciation for the informal briefing.
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Notes to editors:
ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.
The membership, around 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, consultants, contractors, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.
Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.
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