Imperium Drive has launched its Fetch car rental service in Milton Keynes, using remote driving technology to deliver vehicles to customers.
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Researchers have measured the effects of the ground on propeller noise, revealing that eVTOLs may cause significant noise pollution.
UK-based aircraft lessor, MONTE has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to order up to 30 electric commuter Alice aircraft from Eviation.
HumanForest has raised 12 million GBP in Series A funding to expand its e-bike fleet in London and operate in five new boroughs.
Bolt has launched a new Bolt Black Cab offering that allows users to order a London black cab through the Bolt platform.
Beryl and Fujitsu have launched a research project to improve the efficiency and sustainability of e-scooter operations on the Isle of Wight.
Ford has received DfT approval to launch its “hands-off, eyes-on” advanced driver assistance system, BlueCruise on motorways in Britain.
Asda customers in West London can now have their shopping delivered using Wayve's self-driving vehicles as part of a year-long pilot.
The safe and sustainable future for the e-scooter revolution is arguably dependent on effective and productive regulation.
Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new plan to promote and expand the use of cargo bikes within the capital.
Micromobility operator, TIER Mobility is deploying its improved E-bike 3 model for the first time in London, UK.
Through a partnership with Unicard, Solent Transport has become the first UK local authority to gain accreditation to sell rail tickets.
APCOA Parking Group has partnered with bp pulse to establish more than 100 EV fast charging hubs across Europe.
The European Transport Safety Council and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety outline e-scooter safety recommendations.
Aberystwyth University is constructing a large-scale robotic testbed for off-road autonomous vehicles and last-mile delivery services.
The UK government has announced 60 million GBP in government funding to advance technologies that can help decarbonise the maritime sector.
E-scooter hire company Voi has called on the government to set a clear date for e-scooter legislation "to secure the future of the industry".
The UK government has announced a £113m investment in hydrogen and all-electric flight technologies in order to "unlock guilt-free flights".
81 million GBP in joint government and industry funding has been awarded to 7 projects that aim to develop self-driving transport technology.
Voi has commenced a four-month trial operating a Biliti Electric tuk-tuk for battery swapping and e-scooter maintenance in Bristol.
The UK government is providing 30 million GBP in funding for seven projects that will help decarbonise the nation's highways.
OVO Energy and Kaluza are partnering with Volkswagen UK and smart charging company, Indra to launch a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) trial.
Liverpool City Council has selected Shell's subsidiary, ubitricity to install a network of 300 EV charging points into existing lampposts.
ZeroAvia has successfully tested its 19-seat Dornier 228 aircraft, powered partly with a full-size hydrogen-electric engine.
The City of London has announced that restrictions on Britain’s first 24/7 ‘zero-emission street' could be introduced permanently.
The UK government and Ofgem have released a plan that would benefit drivers by making it cheaper for them to run their electric vehicles.
Lambeth Council plans to transform kerbside parking in the London borough into areas such as bus lanes and EV charging points.
Leclanché SA has been selected to provide the battery technology for two hybrid vessels that will be operated by Brittany Ferries.
The UK government has announced 7 million GBP in funding to decarbonise and improve freight transportation through emerging technologies.
Siemens Mobility, the University of York and British Solar Renewables have won funding to develop new ways of powering UK railways.
London: A new regulation has come into force meaning private-hire vehicles licensed for the first time must now be 'zero emission capable'.
Active Travel England is investing 32.9m GBP in establishing a network of experts to improve high streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
The UK government has provided funding to Virgin Atlantic to operate the world's first net zero transatlantic flight in 2023 using 100% SAF.
The ORR has published its first report on safety on the strategic road network and says National Highways must deliver better performance.
UK Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, has responded to a question in UK Parliament on whether the DfT will legalise the use of helmets.
The UK government has launched a new round of funding to help develop technologies for an improved future transport network.
FREE NOW has published survey results revealing that over half of the UK public plans to use more sustainable transport in 2023.
Amazon has expanded its UK e-cargo bike fleet with the launch of three additional micromobility delivery hubs in Manchester and London.
Rolls-Royce and easyJet have run an aircraft engine on hydrogen power. This is designed as a stepping stone towards hydrogen-powered flight.
The Mayor of London has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to cover all boroughs in Greater London.
Moove has partnered with PAUA to develop an end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) charging network for ride-hailing drivers in London.
Results from the UK’s first trial of smart public EV chargers reveal that smart on-street chargers could save drivers 604.65 GBP per year.
WMG at the University of Warwick has presented technology allowing autonomous cars to merge onto motorways with improved levels of safety.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has invested 145,000 GBP in a new scheme that provides bike libraries for local communities.
Voi has partnered with WMG and Bumblebee Power to trial the use of wireless e-scooter charging at the University of Warwick.
Transport for the North has opened a consultation on a new draft strategy that aims to increase access to public transport.
UK delivery company, DPD has become the first company to sign up to First Bus's charging scheme at its Caledonia Depot in Glasgow.
Following new guidance from the DfT, TfL has announced that its rental e-scooter trials would be extended in the capital.
The Electric Road Consortium urges UK government to fund a pilot into an electric road system, following favourable study findings.
HumanForest has unveiled its latest e-bike model, which aims to make its services more accessible and efficient in London.
Neuron Mobility has published research revealing that each of its e-scooters in the UK contributes 11,500 GBP a year to local businesses.
Transport for London (TfL) is set to restart work on its schemes to make roads safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists..
Glasgow City Council has become the UK's first local authority to install cycle-activated electronic signs to improve safety on its roads.
Nottingham City Council and Cenex have launched a trial that allows taxi drivers to repower their electric vehicles with wireless charging.
Campaign for Better Transport has revealed that 49% of people support a pay-as-you-drive scheme, while only 18 percent oppose the idea.
The transition to EVs raises doubts as to whether the National Grid will be able to manage the electricity demand.
In partnership with Westminster City Council, Veolia is deploying a fleet of street cleaning e-bikes across Westminster, London.
Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new 100% electric EF-24 high-speed passenger ferry that will operate in Northern Ireland.
Three cycle and bus lane schemes introduced during the pandemic will now be implemented permanently in London.
L-Charge is starting trials of its ultra-fast mobile electric vehicle (EV) charging service in London from the beginning of September 2022.
Voi has partnered with long-distance coach provider, FlixBus to offer discount codes for multi-modal travel in the UK and Germany.
Uber is partnering with Moove to supply an additional 10,000 electric vehicles to ride-hailing drivers in London.
Hyundai's research revealed that self-charging cars, flying cars and public transport to space top the future mobility wish list of children.
Octopus Energy and National Grid ESO have conducted the first successful integration of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in Great Britain.
The government has unveiled plans, backed by 100 million GBP in funding, to rollout autonomous vehicles in the UK by 2025.
Scotland's first autonomous vehicle passenger service is being piloted at Inverness Campus using a Navya Autonom shuttle.
Ford is trialling new headlight technology that projects directions, speed limits and weather information onto the road ahead.
Although electric vehicles are often seen as a simple solution for reducing emissions from transport, this hype is arguably not the reality.
The UK government has published an update on its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, outlining its commitments to reducing GHG emissions.
London Fire Brigade is working with Emergency One to deploy the UK's first hybrid-electric fire engine, the ZEPA1.
TIER has announced that it will pilot its latest Internet of Things (IoT) module, 'Parrot' on 60 e-scooters in London.
Geotab has unveiled a new report examining progress amongst local authorities in England making the transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs).
The UK Business Secretary has announced £273m for low-carbon aerospace innovation, including solar powered aircraft and medical drones.
HumanForest has launched London's first shared electric moped trial, targeting delivery drivers as ICE mopeds are hugely popular in the city.
Network Rail has partnered with APCOA and Compleo to install 450 electric vehicle (EV) charging points at UK railway stations.
Pivot Power has opened Europe’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub at Oxford’s Redbridge Park and Ride.
MaaS provider SkedGo will collaborate with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to help ease city congestion and encourage public transport use.
Amazon has launched its first UK micromobility hub for e-cargo bikes, which will carry out more sustainable deliveries across Central London.
TfL has completed major improvements on the roads around Hammersmith gyratory, unlocking a 5km cycleway from Kew Bridge to Hammersmith.
e-Scooters offer a sustainable urban mobility solution that should be safely integrated into the UK's current transport network.
Aurrigo has trialed two autonomous shuttles at Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens as part of a new study led by the CCAV and BritainThinks.
Air Nostrum Group has signed an aircraft reservation agreement with Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) for ten Airlander 10 hybrid aircraft.
At Global Mobility Call, Paul Álvarez Gentles, Madrid Regional Manager of Bolt, presented the potential of car clubs to replace private cars.
InstaVolt has received £110m in senior debt financing to continue its significant expansion of rapid EV charging infrastructure throughout the UK.
The Scottish Government is providing over 30 million GBP in funding in 2022 to accelerate Scotland's shift to zero emission vehicle transport.
A consultation has been launched on plans to expand London's ULEZ to Greater London to help improve air quality in the UK capital.
Vattenfall has been awarded 9.3 million GBP from the UK government to develop the world’s first hydrogen-producing offshore wind turbine.
The UK government is assuming the presidency of the International Transport Forum to provide cleaner, safer transportation.
The UK government has announced plans to deliver the world's first net-zero emissions transatlantic flight in 2023.
Over 200 million GBP in UK government funding will be invested in a zero-emission road freight trial programme.
Voi UK has partnered with Lazarillo to provide real-time alerts on where Voi scooters are parked to eliminate risks for vulnerable users.
TuSimple has integrated with Werner Enterprises to provide roadside services for autonomous trucks on the TuSimple Autonomous Freight Network.
The RoSPA has published a study demonstrating that e-scooters are significantly safer than bikes and motorcycles on UK roads.
The UK’s first shore-side charging network for electric maritime vessels has been launched in Plymouth, Devon.
Urban-Air Port has opened Air-One, the world's first fully-operational hub for eVTOL vehicles such as air taxis and autonomous cargo drones.
The UK has launched the Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group to advance the development of battery and hydrogen-powered flights.
The UK government has confirmed changes to The Highway Code to address the introduction of 'self-driving' vehicles on British roads.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded 1.95 million GBP in funding to future transport projects in the UK.
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by Tiana May
15 Aug 2022
During the Future Mobility Sector and Showcase days hosted by the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) on 4 and 5 August, industry leaders discussed the liability challenges associated with deploying autonomous vehicles.
At the Sector Day, George Gillespie, Executive Chairman of HORIBA MIRA acknowledged that future mobility solutions generally revolved around two themes: a society-driven focus on achieving net-zero, and a technology and safety-driven focus on developing automation.
The technology-driven focus anticipates that autonomous vehicles will improve transport safety by reducing human error. To leverage this expected potential, the UK government is collaborating with industry and academia to establish the required regulations around their use.
“The potential societal benefits of autonomous technology in the UK are vast. New zero-emission self-driving bus, taxi and delivery services could make public transport greener, cheaper, more efficient and more accessible. The technology could improve rural communities’ access to important services and could make our roads safer, reducing human errors that can lead to accidents and collisions.”
Gillespie noted that autonomous vehicles were initially expected to be widely deployed by the early 2020s, but that this had not transpired. Although thorough testing had demonstrated that Level 4 and 5 automation technology worked and had less safety risks than a human driver, widespread deployment was hindered by the question of liability and the corporate risk for manufacturers, he said.
In response to these challenges, the Queen’s speech in May 2022 noted that the UK Law Commission aims to have the regulatory framework for widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles in place by 2025. Dominic Richardson, Partner at Gowling WLG law firm stressed that this framework should address unresolved issues such as contributory negligence and the lifetime for which a manufacturer should be responsible.
HORIBA MIRA’s ASSURED CAV facility in Nuneaton provides a comprehensive range of scenario testbeds for autonomous vehicles. The site allows manufacturers to develop and test their products in one location, thus cutting costs and ensuring complete privacy within 100 kilometres of roadway featuring private 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks.
As the UK continues to establish itself as a global testbed for autonomous vehicles, Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA stated that such infrastructure was key for determining certificated compliance procedures that would shape legal regulations and policies.
Allen also emphasised that scenario-based testing and data records were crucial for protecting manufacturers from corporate risk. Indeed, incidents in the US have demonstrated the importance of time stamping and record keeping in order for manufacturers to prove that the autonomous technology was sufficiently verified as functioning in its domain.
Building upon these priorities, HORIBA MIRA is working with government officials to develop manageable and deployable risk assessments and safety insurance frameworks that aim to enable the rollout of autonomous vehicles on fixed routes over the next 5 years.
Automated Lane-Keeping Systems
In contrast, Level 3 driverless technologies such as automated lane-keeping systems (ALKS) are easier to regulate, as the driver must be prepared to take over control of the vehicle. ALKS will therefore be the first commercially available system in the UK that will allow the driver to safely hand over control to the vehicle in set circumstances.
During an ALKS demonstration with a test pedestrian, Chris Reeves, Head of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles at HORIBA MIRA explained that driverless braking capabilities were designed to stop the vehicle close to the pedestrian so that the incident remained an unpleasant but safe experience. This proximity was designed to prevent the driver from becoming overly reliant on the autonomous technology, as they still had a level of responsibility.
In line with this focus, Declan Allen stated that the main challenges regarding the widespread rollout of ALKS now concerned consumer education and training so that users were aware of the technology’s capabilities and limitations, as well as their own responsibilities. Allen emphasised that it was vital for manufacturers to embrace this marketing challenge and ensure that the vehicles were not sold without a sufficient handover.
Consequently, as Level 3 ALKS technologies are rolled out on to UK roads and additional autonomous technologies continue to be developed and certified, government and industry specialists must continue to collaborate to promote safe, sustainable and sufficiently regulated future transport.