EMSTA Seminar - Autonomous Vehicles - Are they as safe as we are led to believe? 23968
EMSTA Seminar - Autonomous Vehicles - Are they as safe as we are led to believe?
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Autonomous or driverless vehicles have the potential to reduce the many deaths, serious injuries and numerous lesser casualties each year on UK roads.

A three year UK Autodrive project ran trials with connected and autonomous vehicles on a test track and on roads in Coventry and Milton Keynes, and investigated public engagement, legal and insurance, and safety and security issues. There have been trials of driverless delivery vehicles in urban areas, and plans for driverless buses at airports.

There have been a few fatal accidents in North America with vehicles in autonomous mode, so safety and legal concerns are delaying the wider deployment of autonomous vehicles.

This seminar plans to address:
  • Status of technology
  • Safety, social, legal and ethical considerations
  • Impact on infrastructure
The seminar will be chaired by Tim Armitage, ARUP, UK Autodrive Project Director.

The first speaker, Nigel Wall, Director Climate Associates, will give an introduction to the 5 levels of automation that have been defined and give examples of vehicles that have various levels of autonomous capabilities. His paper, Progress towards Fully Driverless Cars, will also touch on some ethical and legislation questions.

The second speaker, Nick Carpenter, Engineering Director, Delta Motorsport Limited, will talk about the Autonomous vehicles: The status of technology development. Nick will explore the fundamentals of what constitutes an autonomous vehicle, what’s required to build one and the state of the art in each of the key onvehicle technologies, from sensing to computing and vehicle motion. He will explore the key challenges in delivering a truly autonomous vehicle service.

The third speaker Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation, Milton Keynes Council, will talk about UK Autodrive - Exploring the potential for Connected and Autonomous vehicles in an urban environment. He will explore the findings of this research programme and discuss how Connected and Autonomous Vehicles can potentially support wider mobility and social objectives for urban living in the context of a rapidly growing city, such as Milton Keyes.

The fourth speaker, Prof Prashant Pillai, School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, will talk about the Security for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles in the light of increased cyber security threats.

Continuing Professional Development: This event can contribute two hours to your continuing professional development (CPD) as part of your institution's CPD monitoring scheme.

For more information about the speakers and their papers please download the Delegate Flyer.

This evening seminar will be the twentieth annual prestige seminar organised by EMSTA CIC as a joint event with various professional engineering and science Institutions.

Free Entry: advance booking required.

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This free event is hosted by the University of Hertfordshire.  It will commence at 6:00pm with Registration in the Adjacent Atrium area, followed by light refreshments and networking in an informal environment. The Seminar itself will commence in the Weston Audi
Date & time
Wednesday 20 November 2019 6:00pm GMT
End date & time
Wednesday 20 November 2019 9:30pm GMT
Weston Auditorium
De Havilland Campus
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, Herts AL10 9EU
United Kingdom
Category Seminar


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