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Automated Mobility Conference - Changing the game of urban mobility

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17 September 2019
It is safe to say that the arrival of automated vehicles has stirred up the transport sector. The introduction of driverless, or automated vehicles (AVs), represents a unique opportunity for a fundamental change in urban mobility.

But with great technology, also come great questions. What are the technical challenges we still have to solve before AVs truly become a reality? How do we make sure the introduction of AVs does not just result in more traffic on our roads? And - perhaps the most pressing question - how can automated vehicles actually contribute to better mobility and healthier cities?

To address these questions, UITP in 2018 launched the SPACE (Shared Personalised Automated Connected vEhicles) project. Now, for the first time, UITP organises the Automated Mobility Conference on 24 October in Brussels. This one-day event is designed to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in AVs, and discuss the challenges still ahead of us. Together with leading international experts from across the sector, we will explore how fleets of shared automated vehicles can be integrated into public transport to offer an upgraded urban mobility system with better mobility options for all.

The event will consist of three sessions:

  • Technical challenges of integrating AV services in public transport operations and how to solve them;
  • Sharing international experiences of running AV pilots and their challenges;
  • Public acceptance of AV - from customers to other road users.

The Conference will welcome Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America and Head of the B2C Business Line and Autonomous Transportation Systems of Transdev, as keynote speaker. You can find the full speaker list here.

During the Conference, you will get the chance to learn from the best. Discover the AV strategy of leading global cities, or get an exclusive insight into running AV initiatives worldwide.

For the full programme, and how to register, check out the website!

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platooning

Also known as flocking. A collection of (automated) vehicles that travel together, actively coordinated in formation. Platoons decrease the distances between vehicles using electronic, and possibly mechanical, coupling. Platooning allows many vehicles to accelerate or brake simultaneously.

urban setting

High density environment with an efficient high capacity public transport system with good capillarity and high frequencies.

suburban setting

Medium density environment with a good public transport system with radial connections to the city center, but lower capillarity and frequencies. This setting includes suburban cities.

small cities

Small, isolated city with an own public transport system and <100K inhabitants.

rural

Low-density environment, small cities and villages with poor public transport services mainly connecting the villages.

SAE level

The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) levels define the level of vehicle autonomy, or in other words, how much human intervention is still needed for an automated vehicle to operate. Currently, five SAE levels have been defined: Level 0: Automated system issues warnings and may momentarily intervene but has no sustained vehicle control. Level 1 (hands on): Driver and automatic system share vehicle control. The driver must be ready to retake full control at any time. Level 2 (hands off): The automated system takes full control of the vehicle (accelerating, braking, and steering). The driver must monitor the driving and be prepared to intervene immediately at any time if the automated system fails to respond properly. Level 3 (eyes off): The automated system takes full control of the vehicle (accelerating, braking, and steering). The driver must monitor the driving and be prepared to intervene immediately at any time if the automated system fails to respond properly. Level 4 (mind off): As level 3, but no driver attention is ever required for safety, e.g. the driver may safely go to sleep or leave the driver's seat. Level 5 (steering wheel optional): No human intervention is required at all. An example would be a robotic taxi.

V2X

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication is the passing of information from a vehicle to any entity that may affect the vehicle, and vice versa.