CIHT's CAV Ready Roads provided attendees with knowledge on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, covering issues such as safety, legal issues, maintenance and the latest on real world trials. 
This afternoon event  provided the latest insight from experts who are involved with preparing the roads of the future.

Speaker presentations are below - these will be removed on 10th August.

Connected and autonomous vehicles - Kate Carpenter, CIHT Road Safety Panel

CAVs and Asset Management - Stelios Rodoulis, CIHT Technology and Innovation Panel

The legal implications of autonomous vehicles - Brian Wong, Burges Salmon


A2 M2 Connected Corridor - Anthony Ferguson, DfT


Introduction to Digital Greenwich - Kim Smith, DG Cities

Sue Sharland, CIHT Technology and Innovation Panel

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Sue Sharland is a former President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.Sue has been a Fellow of CIHT since 2001, joined Council in 2007 and was a trustee from 2008 until 2017.  She initially served on the Transport Policy Board and she was appointe d Chair in 2008. She then chaired the Membership and Skills Strategy Board from 2010  to 2014.Sue’s theme for the year was Intelligent Transport in a Connected World. This looked at the opportunity to improve transport and mobility with technology and innovation. It spanned transport infrastructure, planning, vehicles and, importantly, society’s changing requirements and expectations, driven by access to smart technology and new business models.  Sue is currently a Non-Executive Director/ Trustee for a number of organisations, including the Transport Systems Catapult, the Vehicle Certification Agency of the Department for Transport and the Road Safety Foundation. She is the former Chief Executive of both TRL Limited and the Transport Research Foundation, positions she held from 2001 - 2013. Sue started her career as a mathematical modeller, working in a number of fields including waste management and corrosion of metals.

Anthony Ferguson, Deputy Director, Traffic & Technology, Department for Transport

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Anthony Ferguson is a Deputy Director in the Department for Transport and has been in charge of the Traffic & Technology team in the Department since 2015. This role includes leading on the development of technology to manage road networks, for example as DfT sponsor of a multi partner £15m connected corridor pilot on the A2/M2 that is also part of a cross-border collaboration with France, Holland and Belgium.

A career civil servant in DfT and its many other incarnations, his previous role before taking on the traffic team was managing bus and taxi policy. Before that, Anthony managed the Crossrail hybrid Bill which provided the legal powers for that major piece of transport investment in (and under) London. Other roles have included development of government policy on expansion of airports in the South East for the 2003 White Paper and helping to create the Greater London Authority before the first Mayoral elections in 2000.

Presentation Synopsis:

Anthony's presentation will set out the scope and objectives of the project and place it in the wider context of testbeds funded by the Government to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles. It will explain who is involved, some of the history, the progress that has been made to date and next steps, especially a multinational ‘Test Fest’ in Kent organised for October. It will explain the key services they are looking to test. The presentation will describe how A2M2 is also part of an EU-funded project called Intercor which involves France, Belgium and the Netherlands and aims to test cross border interoperability. 

Brian Wong, Director, Transport, Burges Salmon

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Brian is a legal director specialising in transport and public law.  He advises on a range of matters in the transport sector (in particular, road, rail, ports and integrated transport issues), public law and judicial review, regulatory issues, contractual issues relating to the supply of goods and services and competition issues.  He co-ordinates Burges Salmon’s Transport Technology and Intelligent Mobility team dealing with the emerging issues arising from the likes of driverless cars, electric vehicles and charging, drones, mobility as a service and more.  This includes in particular Burges Salmon’s consortia role as legal advisers to the multi-million pound VENTURER, FLOURISH, CAPRI and Robopilot driverless car projects funded by Innovate UK.

Brian's key areas of expertise: Transport, public law, dispute resolution

Presentation Synopsis:

Brian's presentation will examine the emerging legal issues in respect of CAVs and how actual testing experience will form a key part of the development of the law being undertaken by the Law Commission.  In doing so, the regulatory framework can adapt appropriately to ensure that CAVs, infrastructure and public acceptance can be brought together at the same time to maximise the benefit of CAVs.


Kate Carpenter, CIHT Road Safety Panel and Discipline Lead: Operational Safety and Traffic Engineering, Jacobs


Kate's key areas of expertise:

Road safety design and engineering; road safety audit; safety governance

Presentation Synopsis:

The advance of vehicles which are connected, autonomous or both (CAVs), promises to be hugely disruptive of all aspects of land use and road transport, from ownership models to willingness/desire to travel.    Complex beneficial and adverse effects are likely and Kate’s particular interest is the human factors and CAV interface with the physical highway environment, from how lane control and speed control will work on motorways to how autonomous cars make sense of rural and urban roads which are devoid of road markings and signs.  Some of the things we’ve done as highway engineers, based on how humans behave, include priority narrowings, and it is unclear how a mixed fleet – of fully-human-controlled; partially-driver-assisted and fully-autonomous vehicles – will behave around each other in these situations.  Different manufacturers of vehicles with interim levels of autonomy might create different systems; this might affect how well drivers transfer between vehicles understanding each intuitively, especially in emergency when the vehicle ‘fails’ and the human monitor must over-ride vehicle control.  Kate will identify some of the challenges she anticipates, and the tough decisions facing highway authorities if full automony, including first-mile/last-mile coverage is to be achievable.

Stelios Rodoulis,  London CIHT Chairman; CIHT Technology & Innovation Panel; Future Technologies Lead, Jacobs Digital Solutions

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Presentation Synopsis:

As CAV technology evolves and deployed around the world, driverless vehicles will face another hurdle: the built environment. Given that current roads, intersections and signage were built to accommodate human drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, infrastructure will need to adapt to make it safe for all road users. In addition to the ‘business-as-usual’ of highway asset management, CAVs will create a new set of maintenance issues for road authorities, which is challenging as they are already struggling to upkeep infrastructure. 

Ben Morris, Mobility Lead, DG Cities

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Ben spans multiple projects at DG Cities as Mobility Lead, including CAV related projects such as MOVE UK, a project looking at speeding up testing and development for CAV functionality, MAVEN, which builds on V2X communications and enables dynamic platooning and collective knowledge at junctions, and the Smart Mobility Living Lab, one of the on-road CAV test beds based in Greenwich.

Ben's key areas of expertise:

Traffic Behaviour and Modelling, Analytics, Customer Experience.

Presentation Synopsis:

An introduction to CAV ready roads related topics to set-up subsequent workshops.

Kim Smith, Head of Smart Mobility, DG Cities

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Kim Smith is the Head of Smart Mobility at DG Cities and her role is to take a strategic overview and ensure the successful delivery of the company’s funded research projects, as well as coordinating work on new proposals.
Kim is a transport specialist with over 25 years in transport planning, project delivery, policy formation and high-level strategy, as well as working at an operational level managing the delivery of specialist passenger transport services. She holds an MSc from Loughborough in Sustainable Transport and Travel Planning.
She joins us from the Royal Borough of Greenwich where for the last 7 years she was Transportation’s Planning and Strategy Manager, leading for the Council on transport policy development and delivery, as well as representing the Borough at Public Enquiries and Select Committee.
Kim has been the lead for both Crossrail and DLR extensions in Greenwich, through both their consent processes and delivery, and most recently was the Royal Borough’s representative at the Silvertown Tunnel Development Consent Order Examination.

Kim's key areas of expertise:

Policy formation, Transport Planning and Strategy, Integrated Transport, Programme Management 

Presentation Synopsis:

An overview of Digital Greenwich, where we have come from, the formation of DG Cities and where we are going.

Lynn Basford, basfordpowers and CIHT Technology and Innovation Panel

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Lynn is a chartered town planner and transport planner who has spent nearly thirty years in the transport industry.  She has worked for both the public and private sector before setting up her own company in January 2018.  She is on the Council for CIHT and is also on the Board of Trustees for CIHT.  Her hobbies include working through Development Consent Orders for Major Infrastructure Projects (as they are so time consuming it should be classed as a labour of love), gardening and food.   

Lyn's key areas of expertise:

Transport policy and strategy development, consultation and engagement, representing local authorities through the Development Consent Process for Major Infrastructure Projects, integrating land use and transport planning; and managing change in organisations. 

Lynn will facilitate the workshop covering consultation and engagement for CAV ready roads.


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