November 15 2017
| Region: Cymru Wales, East Midlands, East of England, London, North East & Cumbria, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber
Challenges around mixing connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) with the existing vehicle fleet present a key barrier to their future deployment on the roads, delegates to a conference heard.
Travel Tech Week founder Russell Phillippe told the Highways UK show on Thursday that the necessary infrastructure is not currently there to support automated and manual drive vehicles in the same environment.
“That’s a big hurdle to overcome before we get to the point where everything is automated, which would actually be a much easier system to run,” he said. “In the future all vehicles will be CAVs, and will be able to talk to each other in a format that they all understand. But first we need a much more advanced system to deal with the integration of human controlled and automated cars.”
Panellists at the event also discussed the willingness of the public to give up their private cars and embrace shared ownership and the 'Mobility as a Service' approach. MaaS is designed to see different travel options including cars packaged together by a single provider, under a monthly tariff.
Accountancy firm EY's UK automotive lead James Nicholson commented: “Realising the benefits of CAVs – especially from an affordability perspective – is going to require shared ownership.” But he said: “As consumers, not all of us are there yet. We need to start thinking about how the ownership model changes to make sharing acceptable.”
Russell Phillippe added: “At the moment it is hard for people to understand what it means to go from a model where you own your car to one where you can choose a vehicle to suit your needs at that particular point in time.” But he expects that people will ultimately recognise the benefits.
McLaren Applied Technologies’ business development director Andy Pascoe described MaaS as like “your transport personal assistant of the future”. He added: “You will expect to be able to use any mode of transport between your origin point and destination without having to interface with more than one company.”
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