Highlights of TaaS Technology Conference 2019
Transport Solutions of Tomorrow
On the 9th & 10th of July, University of Warwick, Coventry proved a great venue as more than 400 global experts gathered to discuss connected & autonomous vehicles & future mobility.
We have seen the future of transportation - and it's connected, shared, autonomous and electric. It is not just a replacement of ICE vehicles with connected autonomous electric vehicles - to truly revolutionise transportation, we have to change ownership models with an emphasis on shared and inclusive mobility.
This vision was unveiled to over 400 of the world's top engineers, designers and visionaries in Birmingham on the 9th and 10th July.
The 2nd Transportation-as-a-Service Technology conference excelled on many fronts, combining insightful presentations on key issues, thought provoking panel sessions and audience interaction.
For 2 days, speakers from across the industry discussed technology, micro-mobility, shared mobility, business models, financing, legislation, city planning, implementation, EVs, battery, charging, infrastructure and how this will all enable a new model for future mobility.
Contributions came from Alibaba Cloud, AutoTrader, BP, Department for Transport, Daimler, EY, General Electric, Huawei, IBM, JLR, Intel, Keysight Technologies, KPMG, Met Office, National Grid, NVIDIA, PwC, Tata Motors, TomTom, Uber, WMG and Vodafone amongst many more.
A busy exhibition hall allowed 20+ sponsors to exhibit their technology to the global industry, ranging from Ridecell showcasing their car-sharing platform, AppyParking presenting how they want to make parking ‘forgettable', Electric Zoo demonstrating their EVs and services for changing to an electric fleet, to Equinix highlighting how data centres have a big part to play in the future of mobility and Autonomy showcasing their blockchain solution for autonomous vehicles. It was fantastic to see so many new relationships being formed during the networking breaks and the evening nibbles and drinks event.
After the first day of the conference, we announced the winners of the TaaS Technology awards and a big congratulations to TomTom, Ridecell, Alibaba Cloud, AppyParking, Latent Logic, Renovo and George Economides.
Full details of the Awards can be found here: https://taas.technology/awards/winners
Richard Harris, conference chair for the CAVs & Future Mobility sessions and founder of RealITSGlobal commented: "Once again the TaaS Conference and Exhibition exceeded expectations. Thought provoking and informative presentations and insightful panel sessions ensured the delegates were engaged throughout the event. The exhibition area was well balanced with start-ups and a wide range of new mobility solutions alongside more established companies. The TaaS awards ceremony attracted a great audience and looks set to grow in size and prestige. The event stimulated networking and the breakout areas encouraged serious business discussions. All in all a great event, professionally organised and managed and going from strength to strength"
"The TaaS conference was a huge success. In the Energising Future Mobility presentation sessions there was a meeting of minds between the presenters and the delegates. Everyone agreed that the TaaS conference was an eco-system of those interested in creating the future of mobility and how to energise it. Seeing the trends in new energy developments backed up with data gave new perspectives, even for those like me who are deeply involved in this arena. Very worthwhile conference and the voice of the future of mobility." said Malcolm Earp, Chief Commercial Officer, the Ultimate Battery Co. and conference chair for the Energising Future Mobility track.
James Carter, conference program board member and Principal Consultant at Vision Mobility: "Taas technology conference 2019 was a very successful event. The quality of speakers and panelists was excellent, and the networking opportunities fantastic. We were able to see some very interesting companies on the stage floor which generated some excellent potential business engagements. Im very much looking forward to TaaS Technology 2020."
Sukhi Bhadal, TaaS Technology Conference Event Director added "It was fantastic to be able to put together a strong event with such stimulating presentations. The aim of our events is to create intimate and unique learning/networking environments - unlike the larger expo type events out there, we want to give the speakers, delegates and sponsors a real shot at having meaningful conversations and forging new business relationships. We want to connect, inspire and inform the industry and we think we achieve that through our live events, weekly TaaS email newsletter and quarterly TaaS digital magazine.
"One of the key takeaways from this event was that collaboration is still key. One company alone will not drive forward the revolution taking place - working together will be the only way we can achieve a future of mobility which will be inclusive, help us protect our environment and help to save lives. We need to not only transition from ICE vehicles, we need to reduce the number of the vehicles on the roads and the developments taking place in connected, autonomous, shared, electric transportation and the infrastructure to enable this can make this happen"
"The doors have barely closed on the 2019 event and the team are already planning the 2020 event and portfolio. The plans include taking it back to a one-track conference, covering all of the key topic areas of future mobility - we will publish full details of our plans later this year." added Bhadal.
Alan Clarke, LimeBike
Eugenie Teasley , Uber
Alon Paster, HERE Mobility
Lars Klawitter , InMotion
Beate Kubitz, TravelSpirit
James Carter, Mark Thomas, Alan Clarke, Sigrid Dalberg-Krajewski, Beate Kubitz
Markus Aarflot, UbiGo
Nick King, Auto Trader
Boyd Cohen, iomob
George Hall, What3words
Xuan Jin, Alibaba Cloud
Natalie Sauber, Arcadis
Dennis Hamann, Renovo
Tomaso Grossi , TomTom
Mike Dempsey, Claytex
Henry Odbert, Met Office
Benjamin Ross, moovel (becomes REACH NOW)
Dan Hubert, AppyParking
Paul Wait , Autocab
Adam Henryk Grzywaczewski , NVIDIA
George Grama, AUTONOMY
Zeina Nazer , Cities Forum
Amit Rosenzweig, Jyoti Bhasin, Ken Horne, Peter Leavy, Mehrdad Dianati
Patrick Ayad, Hogan Lovells
Ella Taylor , Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Mark Thomas, Ridecell
Alex Bainbridge, Autoura
Tom Usher, Europcar
Rahima Yakoob, Daimler
Nikita Dedik, Road.Travel
James Carter, Tom Usher, Rahima Yakoob, Kenneth Malmberg
Peter Stoker, Millbrook
Christian Bering Pedersen, Autonomous Mobility
Amit Rosenzweig, Ottopia
Edwin Kemp, KPMG
Sandra Witzel, SkedGo
John McCarthy, Sharon Kindleysides, Chris Reeves, George Economides, Ben Boutcher-West
Smart Highways Magazine
Oxfordshire County Council
Giovanni Sartori , Intel
David M Bates, The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK)
Toby Poston , British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA)
Dr Richard Fairchild, Aurrigo
Alan Smith, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Don-Paul Dhaliwal, Conigital
Irfon Watkins, Steve Ratheram, Laurence Kirk, Matthew Jones, George Grama
Jo Dally, BP
Sam Clarke, Gnewt
Robin Hughes, Clean Vehicles Solutions Asia
James Everley, ubitricity
Jerry Stokes, Gridserve
Thomas Hurst, Tim Anderson , Llewelyn Morgan, Sara Sloman, Chris Cox
Thomas Hurst, Fastned UK
Kevin Leary, PowerHydrant
John Hewitt, Hewitt Studios LLP
Johanna Heckmann, P3 group
Paul Ayres, Connected Kerb
André ten Bloemendal, ChargePoint Inc
Pieter Waller, Chargetrip
Robert Labinski, Octopus Electric Vehicles
Greg Payne , Cenex
Natasha Patel, KPMG
Liam Lidstone, Energy Systems Catapult
Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, GE
Carsten Astheimer , Astheimer Design
Jacqui Murray , Innovate UK
Edward Ataii, Daniel Saunders, Filippo Gaddo, Adrian Del Maestro
Greg Archer, Transport and Environment Group
Philippe Vangeel, AVERE
Louis Debatte-Monroy, TomTom
Ian Plummer, Auto Trader
Edward Sargent, Pivot Power
Tom Lusher, Cornwall Insight
Louis Debatte-Monroy, Ian Plummer, Philippe Vangeel, Liam Lidstone, Edward Sargent
Dr Colin Herron , Zero Carbon Futures
Stephanie Schenk, McKinsey & Company
Yunus Ozler, EY Samuel Pachoud , EY - Ernst & Young LLP
Dr Richard Riley, Element Energy
Celine Cluzel, Element Energy
Laura Rainey , National Grid
Kevin Leary, Daan Nap, Rubina Singh, James Carter, Kiran Devlukia
Max Wojtynia, P3 group
Guillaume de Forton, Oxis Energy
Stephen Irish , Hyperdrive Innovation Limited
Malcolm Earp, The Ultimate Battery Company