Integration into the wider transport network is the key to the future development of Low Carbon Vehicles, according to the Transport Systems Catapult.
At the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event (LCV2016) on the 14 and 15 September, the TSC will highlight how emerging technologies and business models will enable new ways of reducing transport emissions – both at the vehicle and system level.
According to the TSC, ride hailing apps, car clubs and energy sharing technology are blurring the lines between private ownership and public transport – opening the door to system wide management of congestion and emissions. Meanwhile, connected and autonomous vehicle technology will enable more emission reductions by removing the unpredictable influence of the driver. Localised modelling of pollution will ensure that any potential increase in freight and passenger travel does not adversely affect overall emissions.
Looking ahead, the TSC will highlight the emergence of ‘Mobility as a Service’, which will incorporate traditional cars, driverless vehicles and public transport into a service contract. Such arrangements will be tailored to the individual traveler and could replace vehicle ownership.
The TSC is creating a shared vision of the future of transport, through their Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility. This will ensure that UK government, industry and academia can better coordinate their efforts and capture more of the opportunities available.
• Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the automaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot with new limits on hands-off driving and other improvements that likely would have prevented a fatality in May.
Musk said on Sunday that the update, which will be available within a week or two through an “over-the-air” software update, would rely foremost on radar to give Tesla’s cars a better sense of what is around them and when to brake.