Two days, over 30 inspiring presentations

The TaaS Technology conference has attracted industry leading experts from all the major companies involved in the connected and autonomous vehicle industry.

The presentations will be based around our key topics which collectively provide complete coverage of the CAV & TaaS. If you are interested in speaking, please contact or call +44 (0)24 76718970

Speakers Include

Thomas Scharnhorst
David Williams
David Trousdale
John McCarthy
Nathan Marsh
Safa Alkateb
Dan Cauchy
Cyriel Diels
Irfon Watkins
Stéphane Petti
Sai Yagnyamurthy
Gavin Kenny
Ian Pengelly
Sebastian Peck
Stacy Janes
Nigel Clarke
Trystan Eeles
Carlo Iacovini
Piia Karjalainen
Sami Pippuri
Luca Cassani
Tom Westendorp
Marc Jadoul
Richard Harris
Tin Hang Liu
Julien Masson
Devrim Kara
Ben Gardner
Mark Thomas
Stefan Koch
Deepa Rangarajan
Tomaso Grossi
Eifion Jenkins
Chris Lane
Marius Macku
James Carter
Michael Casson
Nic Cary
Paul Jennings

 Conference Chairs

Andrew Parkes, Executive Director - Mobility and Transport, Coventry University

Andrew moved to Coventry University in September 2015 to lead the new Research Centre in Mobility and Transport. He was Chief Scientist (Life Sciences) at UK Transport Research Laboratory following research appointments at Birmingham, Loughborough and Leeds Universities. His background is in Psychology and Human Factors and he is active in areas of virtual reality and simulation, autonomous and connected mobility, transport design and safety.

He was Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and is Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Interests over his career have expanded from accident causation and investigation, through to a much wider view of the efficiency, acceptability and safety of transport systems. 

He has published over 200 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. Research impact has included i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction. iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour, v) use of simulation for training and research.

James Carter, Principal Consultant, Vision Mobility

James Carter is Principal Consultant of Vision Mobility, a Toronto based consultancy that specializes in helping Startups, Government, Industry Associations and established companies better understand New Mobility and how to pivot towards new opportunities. James has over 20 years automotive experience, including 19 years with Toyota in Australia, Japan and North America.

Panel: Financing Models for Future Mobility

Stéphane Petti
European Investment Bank
Sebastian Peck
InMotion Ventures
Mark Thomas

Additional panel speakers to be confirmed.

Panel: Implementing Future Mobility into cities - a view from the real world

One thing is clear, the number of stakeholders in TaaS is expanding as quickly as the technology is evolving. But local authorities have a need to improve mobility now, but without becoming hostages to legacy systems. This session will explore the practical, pragmatic and real life issues that will either advance or constrain implementation.

Richard Harris
Ohmio Automotion
Chris Lane
Transport for West Midlands
Sai Yagnyamurthy
Ford Motor Company
Nathan Marsh


The impact of CAVs on Highways Network Management: A service delivery perspective from Amey

David Trousdale - Amey

To date the focus of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) has tended to centre on providing drivers and passengers with a better, safer and more enjoyable driving experience, however Highways and transport industry are beginning to realise that CAVs will transform the way in which they function. Amey, as a leading service delivery organisation for multiple local and strategic highways clients, believes this transformation will result in a new revolutionary approach to Highways network management. Highways managers will not only have access to new data from CAVs to manage their networks more effectively, they will also need to consider how future roads will need to be designed and built with CAVs in mind. This presents an exciting opportunity for the highways industry, resulting in a paradigm shift in road management as we know it.

Intelligent Mobility - citizen centric considerations for CAV, EV and TaaS

John McCarthy - Arup

To imagine the mobility solutions of the future is to focus on the importance of considering mobility as part of an overall system. The journey will merge with other aspects of an individual's life causing blurring of lines around action and mode of transport (i.e. working while in an autonomous vehicle). Therefore, the design, consideration and business value associated with mobility has to be linked with other parts of the business in order to fully extract optimum pricing models and user requirements.

What is clear is that 'Mobility' is bound by the emerging markets of Connected, Autonomous, Electric and Shared vehicles and reflects the need to consider new business models for both the supplier and user alike. What is clear is that we are on the cusp of great change. What this change means and how we can take advantage of it for personal and societal needs is one that we must address in the short term and set up the ground rules for deployment of new technologies. From improved social integration, access to mobility and job creation, the potential must be balanced against the need for security, safety and trust in the information and the service that is being provided.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

Safa Alkateb - Autocab

Accelerating Connected Car Software Development Through Open Source

Dan Cauchy - Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

The race to roll out new technology features, mobility services and autonomous vehicles continues to heat up across the tech and automotive industries. In order to compete at the speed of a tech company, many automakers have shifted from traditional development processes to agile, rapid development through open source software.

Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) at The Linux Foundation, will provide an overview of AGL, key milestones including the launch of Toyota's AGL-based infotainment system globally, and the project roadmap for the future including vehicle-to-cloud services and functional safety. He will also discuss AGL's vision for an open source platform for autonomous driving that will help accelerate the development of self-driving technology while creating a sustainable ecosystem that can maintain it as it evolves over time. 

AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform for connected and autonomous Vehicles

Thomas Scharnhorst - AUTOSAR

AUTOSAR Classic was released more than ten years ago with the first release which was entirely intended for the embedded architectures of classical ECUs. AUTOSAR by now develops a completely new approach to cope with that challenging environment of internet access in cars in order to make vehicles intelligent and adaptive, which is named AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform. This aims to support dynamic deployment of customer applications in providing an environment that requires high-end computing power and which is connecting deeply embedded and non-AUTOSAR systems in a smooth way while preserving typical features originated in deeply embedded systems like safety.

Driverless cars - The future of road transport and the implications for insurance

David Williams - AXA Insurance

The session will cover the government backed consortia, look at the ongoing government consultation and how it may impact the regulatory timetable, and the wider implications of European restrictions / opportunities. Data will be a key area going forward and we will look at the issues in that regard, together with the wider work carried out by Thatcham and the ABI ADIG (Autonomous Driving Group). It will also look at the potential impact on insurance risks and products in a future of connected and autonomous vehicles, and speculate as to how quickly we will see these vehicles on UK roads. There will be a brief overview of the implications for the commercial vehicle space (it's not just cars!) and particularly the UK haulage industry.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

- Burges Salmon

Human centered design of shared and automated vehicles

Cyriel Diels - Coventry University

To date, automotive design and research is heavily biased towards the driver. However, with the rapid advance of vehicle automation, the driving task will increasingly being taken over by a machine. Automation by itself, however, will not be able to tackle the transport challenges we are facing and the need for shared mobility is now widely recognized. Future mobility solutions are therefore expected to consist of Shared and Automated Vehicles (SAV). This means that the passenger experience will take centre stage in the design of future road vehicles. Whereas at first sight this may not appear to be different to the experience in other modes of transport, automation and shared mobility introduce different psychological, physical and physiological challenges. These are related to the fact that the occupant is no longer in control, has to put his or her life in the hands of a computer, while at the same time expects such future vehicles to render travel time more efficient or pleasurable and engage in so-called non-driving related tasks. Taking inspiration from work conducted in the field of aircraft passenger comfort experience, we discuss major comfort factors in the con-text of SAV and highlight both similarities and differences between transport modes. We present a human centred design framework to assist both the research agenda and the development of safe, usable, comfortable, and desirable future mobility solutions

How blockchain will accelerate Transportation-as-a-Service

Irfon Watkins - Dovu

Awaiting abstract.

Innovative transport EU financing

Stéphane Petti - European Investment Bank

Awaiting abstract.

Blockchain and security for connected & autonomous vehicles

Gavin Kenny - IBM

Awaiting abstract.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

- Immense Simulations

The key to safely drive current and future OEM business models

Stacy Janes - Irdeto

  • Consumers want simplicity in their lives, but the challenge is, connectivity often brings vulnerabilities that hackers will exploit. The challenge for car manufacturers (OEMs) and tier 1 suppliers then becomes how to provide the benefits that consumers expect in a safe and secure way.
  • In addition, as cars become autonomous at different levels, the OEM’s business model will shift from personally-owned vehicles to a fleet model. Implementing secure mobility-as-a-service and transportation-as-a-service business models will not be a nice to have. It will become essential to maintain a competitive edge.
  • As a result, protecting business data and securely enforcing policies assigned to the vehicle is crucial to allow business owners to deliver customizable experiences to their customers.  
  • Car manufacturers must balance safety while implementing a convenient, flexible and customizable driving experience for consumers operating today’s connected vehicles.

ITS (UK) CVIG - The Industry Group Perspective

Ian Pengelly - ITS UK

Names can be deceptive, acronyms even worse! Whilst the ITS (UK) title may give the impression of an industry group rooted in 'legacy' technology, we very much pride ourselves on helping our members to be aware of and understand the wider issues related to transport and how technology plays a part in addressing those. With a plethora of new solutions being banded around to replace 'sliced bread' as the next best thing and a fast paced industry with more players than ever before, our role is more arguably becoming more important (and challenging). This is what we see and postulate.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

Nigel Clarke - Jaguar Land Rover

TaaS and CAVs - Breaking the paradigm of "my-car, my-trip, my-space"

Trystan Eeles - Liftango

Over the next 3-10 years, we will still have 90% of the transport infrastructure that we currently have (roads, bridges, car parks). Therefore, in order to support increased demand for mobility, we need to fully realise the benefits of TaaS and CAVs. To do this, the traditional paradigm of my-car, my-trip, my-space will have to change. 

Just as the traditional car ownership model has built slowly towards the current state, and is already beginning to change, our perception of a car as a private space will also change. Over the past decades, urbanisation, congestion and, more recently the much-vaunted sharing economy, have all contributed to the change in this accepted model, with the likes of GoGet, ZipCar. The social and technological landscape is changing, the scene is set for a big change.

The opportunities that TaaS and CAV can bring to a transport ecosystem will no doubt have a significant positive impact on the built and social landscape of our lives. But to maximise this benefit, we need to break this my-car, my-trip, my-space paradigm. The nascent transport models of technology driven on-demand buses, on-demand carpooling and trip sharing is already making inroads into this shift. Through incentivising, rewarding, gamification and simplicity of experience, we are seeing the beginnings of a groundswell of behaviour change. Currently, offering up the latent capacity in your car to service demand for mobility is a personal choice, you have to opt-in, which requires an effort on the part of the driver (albeit small) to input trips. CAVs, which by definition, will respond to a structured trip request demand (time and destination) can allow sharing of on-demand mobility to be the default model (opt-out). TaaS, will take this a step further, making cross platform, capacity and route optimisation on-the-fly the default model. Opting-out will become the norm rather than opting-in.

Vehicles to power TaaS business: OLLI, a digital platform for future services

Carlo Iacovini - Local Motors

This presentation will address Local Motors' experience based on co-creation process and digital manufacturing as pillars leading a change in the automotive industry and focusing on OLLI, the electric, cognitive, autonomous self driving shuttle, coming to market with special technologies and going global in the TaaS market.  

MaaS - from hype to delivery

Piia Karjalainen - MaaS Alliance

The real beauty of Mobility as a Service is that it is the end-user who decides. Everyone in the transport system should then have the same ultimate goal: to fulfil the mobility needs of users. The transport system and services should not be planned based on an 'either/or' basis but instead provide the most suitable option based on the passenger's needs. By combining various transport services we can provide attractive mobility options also for those whose needs haven't been fulfilled by traditional public transit services. Integration and co-creation are the key words.  

How will digitalization change the automotive industry and the landscape of our cities?

Sami Pippuri - MaaS Global

The automobile has been a major force in shaping cities as we know them. With the advent of new mobility services, compounded by sharing economy, digitalization is going to shape cities in as significant ways as the automobile once did. For the automotive industry, the changing attitudes towards the economics of car ownership and environment, this brings up new threats and opportunities. This session discusses the societal and OEM change needs and opportunities for building better quality of life for city dwellers, as well as new business.

Intelligent mobility: a pillar for a smarter city. The vision from Microsoft

Luca Cassani - Microsoft

The rise of cloud technology and the ability to ingest and process ever growing set of data offers an enabling platform for cities and privates to build smart mobility solutions on. Whether we take the point of view of a citizen or of a transportation professional, data and information are at the heart of a better ecosystem.

From simplifying search and payment for an end user to offer a seamless multimodal experience to offer greater insight for mobility planning or incident response, the approach of Microsoft is to enable an interconnected ecosystem for mobility, where multiple single-point solutions coexist and are integrated to share data on the backed.

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. 

The future of connected cars: beyond autonomous horses

Marc Jadoul - Nokia

A famous quote attributed to Henry Ford is: "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." In his presentation, Marc Jadoul will explore what's needed to take connected cars beyond 'autonomous horses'. He'll explore the requirements for and the impact of new information and communication technologies like 5G wireless networks, software platforms, and the Internet of Things on road safety, business models and the user experience of drivers and passengers.

Accelerating the race to AI Self-Driving Cars

Tom Westendorp - NVIDIA

For many years car-makers, tier1's mobility providers, universities and other organizations have been working on developing driver assistance systems and self-driving cars. Conventional computer vision used for ADAS is reaching its threshold because it is impossible to write code for every possible scenario as a vehicle navigates. In order to develop a truly autonomous car, deep learning and artificial intelligence are required. With deep learning, the vehicle can be trained to have super-human levels of perception, driving safer than anyone on the road. An end-to-end artificial intelligence platform based on supercomputers in the cloud and in the vehicle enables cars to get smarter and smarter. Coupled with an extensive software development kit with vision and AI libraries and software modules, automakers, tier 1s, and start-ups can build scalable systems from ADAS to full autonomy.

The role of the authorities in TaaS in cities and regions

Richard Harris - Ohmio Automotion

City and regional authorities of government have a duty of responsibility to their communities. They set and pursue the policy objectives for their community. However disruptive travel services are now offered directly to the public without the authorities being involved. This makes it even more difficult to coordinate and influence travel within their jurisdictions. There is no doubt that effective, inclusive and attractive TaaS provision can contribute to policy objectives and provide clear benefits and outcomes. The city determines and balances the allocation of space for people and vehicles and has control over the levers that can influence transport. To ensure that the benefits of TaaS are realised they need to be involved in TaaS so that they understand what is happening in their city region.

The open and modular approach in the automotive and new mobility industry

Tin Hang Liu - Open Motors

Awaiting abstract.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

Julien Masson - Orange Business Services

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The Journey So Far and The Road Ahead

Ben Gardner - Pinsent Masons

The presentation will explore some of the key legal issues which are presented by CAVs. In particular the session will consider what are the main obstacles to the widespread use of CAVs what are the key risks for those developing, testing and commercialising CAV technology. The presentation will also analyse the efforts which are underway in the UK and elsewhere to put in place regulatory frameworks which can keep up with the rapid develop of CAVs.

MaaS - How to make it happen for fleet operators, cities and passengers

Devrim Kara - PTV Group

Congestion and pollution in the road network especially in urban areas is increasing. Growth in demand is putting pressure on public transport infrastructure which is becoming less comfortable in peak hours and more expensive to build and operate. Shared mobility concepts offer an interesting potential and big players in the transport industry are gearing up to deliver various MaaS services. Whatever happens MaaS services have to be planned and delivered in collaboration between the transport infrastructure operators (the city and national authorities) and the transport services operators (roads, public transport and MaaS fleet operators). Transport simulation and modelling can help analyse various scenarios and support in building successful and profitable business models for MaaS that also work for the objectives of the transport authorities.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

- Ricardo

The future of mobility as a service and how to prepare for autonomous mobility as a service

Mark Thomas - Ridecell

The presentation will analyze how entering the carsharing and ridesharing services today are the best way for vehicle manufacturers to best position themselves for the coming autonomous service revolution

  • Learn how to quickly launch and scale a new mobility service to achieve maximum profitability.
  • Learn how vehicle utilization in new mobility services drives profitability and which techniques to use to achieve the highest utilization rates.
  • Learn what's required to launch a new mobility service offering, including end-to-end workflow, dispatch, scheduling, balancing supply, demand, CRM and payments.    
  • Examine lessons learned from launching one of the largest car sharing programs in the US market 

Analog parking in a digital world - B2B marketplace for connected cars

Stefan Koch - SAP

Deliver a seamless in-car experience network which connects digital buyers and sellers within the mobility services industry such as fuelling, parking, etc. and creating new opportunities.

Bring parking services, gas stations and other mobility services to the Internet and you can drive more business your way by making it easy for drivers to discover, acquire, and pay for your services from their dashboards or mobile devices. Digitize mobility services with SAP Vehicles Network (SVN), the cloud based Internet of Things (IoT) solution, powered by SAP Leonardo. SAP Vehicles Network (SVN) designed to help mobility services firms take advantage of the SAP Cloud Platform, smart devices and Big Data technologies.

SAP Connected Parking offers parking providers a digital backbone to consolidate parking space availability across multiple locations, reserve parking spaces, publish real-time status of parking space and improve use, visibility and efficiency.


Vehicle Autonomation. Is this the solution to car sharing?

Deepa Rangarajan - SBD Automotive

In recent years a number of car sharing platforms have emerged that are potentially threatening vehicle manufacturers traditional business model. However, in many cases the profitability of such new schemes is yet to be proven, especially due to required infrastructure requirements. One potential way forward is to fully automate those vehicles in order to reduce some of the costs constraints. 

The author will explore some of the benefits but also the remaining challenges when automating car sharing solutions, if a widescale deployment was to be considered. He will also contrast car sharing with the traditional vehicle ownership model.

HD Maps: Mapping the Road to Autonomous Driving

Tomaso Grossi - TomTom

As the race towards autonomous driving intensifies, TomTom is developing innovative technologies to power autonomous driving vehicles. An example of that is HD Maps, a crucial component in autonomous driving systems. The TomTom HD Map allows automated vehicles to precisely locate themselves on the road, to build a detailed model of the surrounding environment working together with the vehicle sensors, and to plan their path to destination. Combining best-in-class map making, innovative map delivery and a multi-source approach to map observation intake, TomTom is building an end-to-end mapping system that will help make autonomous driving a reality sooner.

Presentation title to be confirmed.

Eifion Jenkins - Transport Systems Catapult

Uber: The Future of Urban Mobility

Marius Macku - Uber

Awaiting abstract.

Are dealers done for? Exploring the new retail environment in new mobility.

James Carter - Vision Mobility

The Automotive industry is on the edge of a massive transformation. Not a day goes by where there's more news about Self Driving Cars, yet there has been very little discussion about the effects on automotive retail and retail at large, even though the potential for disruption is huge. As technology coalesces around the "CASE" vehicle platform (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric), these significantly impact each major revenue stream of a dealer's operations - Sales, Parts and Service. Taxi-bots move sales to fleets, AVs and ADAS features reduce accidents and therefore parts sales; and EVs reduce maintenance by 50%. As well, large sums that have been invested in facilities may no longer be suitable in a New Retail environment. However, for dealers and retailers with foresight and openness to change, there are ways to navigate the "Retail Mobility" path and exploit the huge opportunities that this revolution will bring.

Vulog: Delivering value generative shared models that pave the road to autonomy

Michael Casson - Vulog

Whilst the common consensus is that the ongoing mobility disruption will converge into some form of shared autonomy, the question of who will get there and how is far from defined. Despite this uncertainty, the case for traditional players to diversify with a shared mobility service is more apparent than ever. Existing stakeholders who launch new mobility services are not only positioning themselves well for the autonomous disruption but are also diversifying with profitable and scalable models.

The Application of Blockchain to Transportation-as-a-Service


I will explain how blockchain technology works and why it is an obvious enabler for Transportation-as-a-Service. Without a common open framework on which to build value, TaaS will be mired in a series of competing offerings and siloed services. Blockchain technology offers the potential to enable us to participate in a marketplace for TaaS services that is highly secure and trustworthy. I am the Automotive Lead for Iconic Blockchain which is developing the TSio Protocol. The TSio protocol provides a common means of exchange for everyone participating in TaaS, from customers to transport operators and payment providers. 

Test and evaluation of new CAV technologies and service

Paul Jennings - WMG at the University of Warwick

This talk will discuss the need for new approaches to ensure that connected and autonomous vehicles are dependable i.e. they are safe, secure, robust and reliable, and ultimately trusted by the public. It will consider a testing continuum from the digital world with modelling and simulation through to real-world public trials and early deployment. In particular it will focus on the vision for, and design of, WMG's "3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles", an ESPRC funded facility providing an immersive, simulated environment for connected and autonomous vehicles, and the development of the new Meridian real-world test environment being led by WMG in the West Midlands.  

 Program Advisory Board

Andrew Parkes
Coventry University

James Carter
Vision Mobility

Jose Pozo

Martin Stevens
IT IS 3D Ltd

Paul Jennings
WMG (University of Warwick)

Richard Harris
HMI Technologies

*All speakers and presentations are subject to change.

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