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Autonomous shuttles will play a key role in the future of our transport system. The Capri (Connected and Autonomous POD on-Road Implementation) project was a collaborative research and development project awarded by The Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), commissioned by Innovate UK, and delivered by an AECOM-led consortium comprising 17 partner organisations across the public, private, and academic sectors.
The scheme looked at the design, development, and testing of new autonomous and connected pods on-demand (PODs), together with the systems and technologies for the vehicles to safely navigate in both pedestrian and road environments. It also included trials to test the PODs’ performance in different real-world environments, such as private and public areas, especially with regard to safety and security aspects.
Four presenters will give perspectives from their involvement in the Capri autonomous shuttle project which successfully completed in October 2020, including findings on how the economic, citizen and legal perspectives on autonomous shuttles need to be considered to help shape the future of transport.
George is a Technical Director at AECOM and has 20 years’ experience in transportation consultancy working for public sector clients throughout the UK and Ireland. He brings industry best practice and experience in the direct implementation of CAV technologies, alongside emerging R&I areas and their impacts on future mobility. George led the Capri project, a 19-partner consortium trialling autonomous shuttles in public environments including Bristol and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He is leading on the development of bespoke business model frameworks for CAV technologies and deployments, including implementation roadmaps and assessing the wider impact and benefit to society, the environment and regional economies.
John is Director of Nova Modus, a consultancy specialising in Connected & Automated Mobility technologies and applications. His 30 year background in electronics has involved bringing new technologies to market for large corporations and venture-funded start-ups. Over the last 6 years, John assembled the consortia, scoped the projects, and authored the successful bids for 7 collaborative R&D projects in CAM including Capri. In the Capri project, Nova Modus advised universities and local authorities on the potential impact and commercial viability of autonomous shuttles, and on exploitation of their work in and learning from Capri.
University of the West of England
Dr Graham Parkhurst is Professor of Sustainable Mobility and Director of the Centre for Transport & Society, UWE Bristol, UK. Graham has degrees in psychology (BA University of Warwick), biological anthropology (MSc University of Oxford) and transport geography (PhD University of Oxford) and has undertaken research and taught academic transport and mobility studies since 1991. His current research interests are examining the wider implications of the trends to greater automation, electrification, flexibility and use of digital technologies in the transport sector, taking a critical lens to the discourse and practices of ‘smart mobility’ and ‘smart cities’. To this end, Graham has provided social and behavioural research leadership in respect of UK-Government-funded (Innovate UK) research consortia examining connected and automated vehicles (Venturer, Flourish, CAPRI, and MultiCAV) and is also exploring governance issues in the ESRC-funded project ‘Driverless Futures?’ Social and behavioural research in the CAPRI project focussed around reported trust in the autonomous vehicle and social expectations about how an automated local shuttle services should integrate in the existing social and built environment ‘architectures’.
Lucy is a legal director specialising in technology and data. She advises on a broad range of matters in the transport sector and has a particular focus on road, rail and intelligent transport systems. Her experience includes advising on electric vehicles and charging, micro-mobility, smart ticketing, passenger data, connected and autonomous vehicles and mobility as a service. In particular, Lucy led Burges Salmon’s involvement as legal partner to the Capri project and was a co-author on the legal report exploring legal issues associated with the use of autonomous shuttles in dual-mode.
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