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Removing barriers to connected and autonomous vehicles in Europe: agreement on standards and Parliament discusses need for public reassurance

A meeting of the European Union’s t ransport ministers in Amsterdam organised by the Dutch EU Presidency this month agreed in principle to support the introduction of common traffic rules, communications standards and actions vehicles makers should take to enable self-driving cars to be able to operate across Europe by 2019. Declaration of Amsterdam - Cooperation in the field of...
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More than 2,000 new developers sign up for TfL’s open data in last six months

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that its open data Application Program Interface (API) has seen more than 2,000 new developers sign up for access to live information in the last six months to 14 April - and so helped millions of Londoners plan their journeys more easily across the Capital. TfL said the data, available free of charge at its Open Data Users page , is part...
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Jaguar Land Rover diversifying into new business models - and to sell intelligent vehicles in the next decade

Jaguar Land Rover has this month joined the likes of Daimler and Ford by dipping it toes into alternative business models by opening a subsidiary company to develop technology ventures serving the travel and transport markets accessed by connected devices . InMotion , based in London, will initially take the form of a business incubator; employing around 30 people to support...
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Transport Systems Catapult publishes new technology strategy focused on market sectors UK industry can best compete

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) has published a new Technology Strategy that identifies eight Intelligent Mobility goals for innovation and investment and on market sectors it has identified where UK industry can best compete. The strategy includes plans for the development, with partners in the Intelligent Mobility community, of an “IM Integrated Test Environment”, to...
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Buses Bill to require bus operators to offer open data for travellers and app developers

Among measures highlighted by the Bus Minister Andrew Jones MP , in the government’s forthcoming Buses Bill is a proposal that all operators will be required to publish open data about local bus services. This should allow app makers to develop products that passengers can use to plan journeys, and as a result, according to the minister, “give people the confidence to leave the...
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Experts wanted for short interview (PhD study)

Experts in Geospatial Sciences or Human Factors wanted for interviews on the theme of Trust in Driverless cars! Please get in touch! ( george.filip@nottingham.ac.uk )
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Computer Vision for Automotive Applications – the road ahead

16th April 2016 - London : computer vision research for vehicles
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Nissan's Sunderland made 2017 Qashqai refresh to be equipped with Piloted Drive 1.0 for autonomous drive on highways

As part of the unveiling of what it calls its “Intelligent Mobility” vision at the Geneva International Motor Show this month, Nissan announced that it intends to perform on-road technology demos of what it calls its Piloted Drive technologies in 2016 , and plans to make available for sale in the form of refreshed a Qashqai model in 2017. Intelligent Mobility will, it said, ‘anchor...
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KTN and Drive West Midlands helping the UK steal a march in developing a supply chain for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

KTN’s Mark Matchett detected “real enthusiasm for developing a new supply chain in connected and autonomous vehicles” from the diversity of experts that attended The Drive West Midlands Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV): Developing the UK Supply Chain event - on 11 March at HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton. “This really was a great event. The room felt vibrant, with a good...
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George Osborne outlines new measures to establish the UK as a global centre for excellence in connected and autonomous vehicles

In his budget presented today, The Chancellor The Rt Hon George Osborne MP confirmed some pre-announced plans  released to the press  at the weekend, designed as additional measures to further the UK as a global centre for excellence in connected and autonomous vehicles. Within the Roads part of the Transport and infrastructure section of the Budget Report, the government...
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TravelSpirit open platform to launch with competition to foster a community to join the dots For Public Transport for mobility-as-a-service

TravelSpirit , a new collaboration between transport authorities, transport providers, university researchers and software experts, has initiated a platform to encourage mobility-as-a-service projects using open data. It aims to ‘join the dots’, to promote and distribute open data with full permissions granted in advance to use, improve and share for commercial and community solutions with...
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Free tickets for Disruptive Technologies 2016 on offer for Intelligent Mobility community

The Disruptive Technologies UK Conference and Expo at the Wellcome Trust, London, on 29 September 2016 - that will features Autonomous and Non-Autonomous Vehicles as one of 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations - is offering a limited number of free delegate places from our community. The conference will welcome delegates from across all sectors...
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Vallie opens on-demand valet parking service in Central London

Addressing the inconvenience of the average 20 minutes it takes Londoners to find a car parking space, Vallie has announced the availability of a low cost on-demand valet parking service covering central London. Claimed as the first such service in the UK, Vallie’s customers can instead drop off their cars at one of 48 locations in the Boroughs of Camden, Westminster and The...
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Mayor of London’s Smart London Investor Showcase offers pitching slot in facing leading tech investors

As part of the London Mayor’s Smart London vision, entrepreneurs are invited to showcase to potential investors their innovative solutions for five specific challenges considered critical to the development of a smarter London . The Mayor of London , in partnership with UK Business Angels Association , is seeking applications from start-ups and small companies that have developed...
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Jam Cam and car park data feeds added to Transport for London’s open data portal

Transport for London has announced that video 'jamcams' and live London Underground car park data has been added to its open data API, provided free of charge for developers. The latest data, that provides live information on the number of parking spaces available in London Underground car parks, as well as improved traffic camera information that could help drivers avoid disruption, is...
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CAV competition leverages over £25 million for eight R&D projects to help build infrastructure for connected and autonomous vehicles

Business Secretary Sajid Javid this week announced the projects selected for funding by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) via Innovate UK to support the wide variety of digital and physical technologies that will be needed to supported driverless transport systems of the future. From HORIBA Mira’s autonomous vehicles test centre in Nuneaton, the minister...
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Call for tenders of up to £20,000 for a pilot DfT data visualisation platform for engaging presentation of road investment information

In partnership with Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), the Department for Transport has opened a call for applications to provide a ‘DfT Data Visualisation platform Demonstrator’ to help improve the visualisation and communication of information about roads investment across England, and to pilot support decisions about development of better data visualisation capability within DfT. ...
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New Year’s Resolution turns into open Wayfindr navigation standard for the blind people and partially sighted

When Umesh Pandya discussed New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 with his wife Bhavi (an Optometrist), he made a commitment to help people living with sight loss, an issue “which remains close to our hearts” . Since then his Wayfindr navigation system for partially sighted and blind users of transport has received support from Transport for London, Department for Transport (via the KTN...
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Grand finale pitching event on 3 February to decide most innovative digital ideas for the IC Tomorrow Intelligent data insights contest

As part of the IC Tomorrow programme on 3 February at the Academy of Medical Sciences, Portland Place, London, eighteen contest finalists will be pitching their ideas intended to solve six challenges laid down by Innovate UK in its Intelligent Data Insights Contest . Up to £35,000 is up for grabs for the most innovative digital ideas for solving challenges set in the areas...
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Will driverless cars profoundly improve lives or merely be Spotify on wheels? DTCE15 highlights the research, technologies and legislative impacts

The Driverless Technology Conference and Exhibition (DTCE15), organised by Charles Maxwell Ltd and held at ILEC London, on 23 November, was notable for contributions by speakers from all three projects supported as a result of the Introducing driverless cars to UK roads competition last year. The three projects are underway although none, as yet, have yet operated their driverless...
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Travellers needs study finds 39% of UK transport users would consider using a driverless car

Research published by the Transport Systems Catapult, claims that 39% of people in the UK would now consider using a self-driving vehicle if it was available, rising to as high as 62% amongst young professionals living in cities . The Traveller Needs and UK Capability Study was conducted with the support of the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business Innovation and...
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Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Challenge competition open for ideas to help accelerate introduction of driverless cars

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) have opened a competition seeking innovative ideas to help accelerate the introduction of autonomous vehicles onto public roads . The Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Challenge will run on the Intelligent Mobility knowledge exchange platform IMExchange hosted by the TSC and ...
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Transport Technology Forum to be introduced to the intelligent transport systems sector at Highways UK conference on 26 November

On day 2 of Highways UK , the Highways England supported exhibition and conference, a new professional association to promote the UK transport technology sector will be introduced to the UK intelligent transport systems sector, by one of its instigators Daniel Ruiz . The Transport Technology Forum was first announced in July this year with the mission of ensuring ‘that, by 2020, the UK...
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Consultation on provision of an EU-wide multimodal travel information service

The EU Commission is seeking input from interested parties into a consultation on provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services . Replies submitted to this public consultation will be taken into consideration for the development of the relevant specifications within the ITS Directive . The explanatory document accompanying a questionnaire , states that...
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Traveller Needs UK Study & Innovate UK End to End Journey competition

Traveller needs and End to End journey competition event 13th October
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