An update on the various driverless car trials and initiatives currently taking place across the UK will be delivered at the London Road Safety Council’s centenary conference in January 2017.
The report will be presented by Richard Cuerden, the Transport Research Laboratory’s (TRL) chief scientist and research director of engineering and technology.
The conference, ‘Safer Cities, Safer Futures’, will be held at the Guildhall in the City of London on 24 January 2017.
According to roads minister Andrew Jones, driverless cars are the future, and not science fiction. The Queen’s Speech in May 2016 included a modern transport bill which encourages investment in driverless and electric cars, and ensures that insurance will be available to users of driverless vehicles.
Pilot schemes are taking place across the UK, including in London where members of the public will take part in the UK’s first public autonomous vehicle trials, set to get underway later this year. Taking place in the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab at Greenwich, the trials are being led by TRL.
Other autonomous vehicle tests and schemes are taking place in Bristol, Coventry and Milton Keynes.
Richard Cuerden has worked in road safety and vehicle engineering research for more than 20 years.
His diverse portfolio of research and consultancy projects ranges from establishing European regulatory standards to ensure tail-pipe emissions remain within the mandated pollutant limits for the life of the vehicle, to coordinating the collection and analysis of in-depth road collision data for the DfT.
Richard has a strong track record of identifying safety design priorities based on real world evidence and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with respect to vehicle technologies and accident and injury prevention.
‘Safer Cities, Safer Futures’
The agenda for the London Road Safety Council’s centenary conference will include presentations on cycling, pedestrians, shared space, motorcycling, 20mph schemes, HGVs and ‘driverless cars’.
The conference is primarily intended for road safety and active travel professionals and elected members with an interest in road safety. More than 80 people have already registered to attend and the maximum number the venue can accommodate is 200.
The delegate fee is £95 for attendees from the public and third sectors and academia, and £145 for others (both prices plus VAT). The fee includes a drinks and canapés reception which will follow the conference and will feature an address by James Cracknell, LRSC president.
An exhibition will run alongside the conference, with prices starting from £495 plus VAT.