A group of 80 experts from the road, rail and space sectors gathered at the National Space Centre on 11th November to discuss the range of problems facing the transport and how Intelligent Mobility can help address them.
The aim of the event was to highlight the emerging technologies being developed in the region, and provide a forum for discussion around how to make money from these new innovations.
Presentations from speakers including George Gillespie of MIRA, John Miles of ARUP and Mark Dumville of Nottingham Scientific Ltd outlined the current and anticipated challenges, and explained why Intelligent Mobility and enabling technologies are so important.
The event discussed innovations in sustainable mobility and possible solutions such as intelligent routing to make public transport more efficient. The afternoon workshops led by Logica focussed on exploring inter-modal opportunities and the commercialisation of emerging technologies.
There are significant pressures on the transport sector and this forum was the ideal opportunity to talk about reducing congestion and environmental impact, and increasing capacity and convenience.
– John Frodsham, event exhibitor and Director of the Transport iNet
“The effective development and deployment of intelligent mobility systems has the potential to bring significant societal and business benefit. This event demonstrated the strength and regional knowledge that is working to identify ways forward to ensure that the UK maximises that potential and makes intelligent mobility a commercial reality.”
Points raised at the event will be used to develop further activities coordinated on a national level.
The Transport iNet, based at Loughborough University, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The aim of the iNets is to increase the level of innovation in the East Midlands helping to improve business competitiveness, margins, sustainability and growth. It allows individual sectors to work together, share ideas, technologies, intelligence, innovation and create a link between industry and the academic community.