The 2018 Conference

Ten key topics

The 2018 conference will cover all aspects of the industry, with presentations covering ten key topics:

Sensors: How the evolution of sensor technology must advance to enable CAV/TaaS

Sensors must be able to paint a highly accurate and reliable picture of a car's surroundings in real time ‐ and in all conditions, including bad weather. The technology must be affordable and scalable. How is sensor technology progressing, to make zero-accidents a reality?

Connectivity: Creating harmony between services and mapping for CAVs / TaaS

The internet will have to become the car's sixth sense. To navigate safely on their own, cars will have to be able to practically see around corners. That will only be possible if there is a powerful backend that provides highly accurate traffic information coupled with shared sensor data from other road users.

Data: How to process and manage additional terabytes of data in a new mobility ecosystem?

Autonomous driving is thought to require one gigabyte of sensor data per minute to be processed in real time. Future system architectures must integrate all the on-board sensor systems and securely manage this huge amount of information.

Safety: Ensuring security, safety and reliability for CAVs

Excitement around connected vehicles conceals the risks they introduce into our transport networks. What can we do to remove these vulnerabilities and build cars that are secure by design, safe and thoroughly tested?

Software: The last obstacle to fully autonomous vehicles?

It is a common thought that the hardware exists to create fully connected and autonomous vehicles and we are waiting for the software to catch up. Where are we with software and development tools to enable full autonomy?

Legislation: How can we ensure public safety while maintaining individual responsibility?

Autonomous Connected Vehicle technology is advancing rapidly - vehicles are being tested in cities across the world. This theme will explore some of these wider issues, including legislation changes needed, how the insurance industry will adapt to these changes and also usability and HMI considerations needed for CAVs.

Logistics: How will CAVs and TaaS impact the logistics industry?

CAVs and TaaS is not limited to individual mobility; the approach can be applied to movement of goods as well. The transportation and logistics industry is confronting immense change: digital transformation, new market entrants, changing customer expectations, and new evolving business models. A ground-breaking change. That’s how the logistics industry worldwide is foreseeing the incoming of the autonomous vehicles technology in warehousing, logistics and supply chain management, and last-mile deliveries, among other crucial areas of this business. If you want to remain competitive, now is the time for action.

Manufacturing: How might auto makers/suppliers fare in a CAV / TaaS future?

It may be over 100 years old, but the auto industry is being redrawn, recrafted and reborn before our eyes. Technology-driven trends will revolutionise how industry players respond to changing consumer behavior, develop partnerships, and drive transformational change. Traditional car manufacturers and auto suppliers will have to adapt, otherwise there is a strong danger they will fall by the wayside, as many traditional phone companies did when the smartphone hit the market. We will look to explore future mobility trends and how car manufacturers and auto suppliers will have to adapt to make sure they still have a place in the new transport revolution.

Planning: How will CAVs / TaaS affect comprehensive planning for cities/towns?

There is a belief that the next evolution for mobility will be a dramatic one, affecting not only how we get around our cities, but also how our cities are structured in response to that evolutionary shift in transportation.

HMI: How will usability and the human machine interface (HMI) impact CAV design?

The challenge is clear: in an automated vehicle, human and machine must form a relationship. But just how will this happen? We need to evolve from Human Machine Interaction (HMI) to Human Robot Relationship (HRR).

Evolution: How might TaaS / CAVs meet mobility and transport options in 3-10 years?

Coventry, UK, 9th - 10th July 2018