On Wednesday 24th January, 2018, the Nottingham Conference Centre hosted The Midlands Intelligent Mobility Conference, a one day workshop. Organised by the IMPART partnership, consisting of University partners, Loughborough, De Montfort, Coventry and Nottingham Trent, and supported by the Transport Systems Catapult, the event aimed to take a critical view on intelligent mobility. The conference considered the role future transport technologies and services could play, how these could be applied in our society and the potential impact changes and development in this sector could have on day-to-day life.
Speakers at the event included Professor Phil Blythe, from the Department of transport, who offered a governmental perspective, offering confidence that the UK is ready for the introduction of Level 3 automation in the coming years. Paul Campion, from Transport Systems Catapult, who posed more questions than answers regarding the importance of technology within transport, changing ways of working and the potential of future technology in transforming all aspects of society. Of key interest to G-ACTIVE was work presented during the environment stream, focusing on the current level of NOx gasses in our cities, how high concentrations of NOx pollutants can gather into hotspots within our cities, and ways in which we can start to tackle this problem, be it through design, technology, behaviour or even architecture.
G-ACTIVE was present, displaying a poster of our current work and early findings, and we would like to thank everyone who came and chatted to us at the event. It was certainly a packed day, with constant and deep discussion, and really highlighted the complex nature of the problem area of the project, multiple approaches that have been taken to address the problem space and that large communities of researchers are currently tackling the same challenges we do.
We look forward to sharing our results more with the wider community as we continue our research and look forward to hearing more from the wider community at future conferences.
We’d like to offer thanks to our hosts at IMPART for a great event and look forward to future opportunities to exchange and discuss ideas.