Foreword

ITSReviewAnnual2015

3 INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS Foreword Annual Review 2015 REVIEW Better transport through technology ITS United Kingdom Suite 312 Tower Bridge Business Centre, 46-48 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW Tel: +44 (0)20 7709 3003 email: mailbox@its-uk.org.uk Website: www.its-uk.org.uk Contract Publisher Barrett, Byrd Associates 7 Linden Close, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN4 8HH Tel: 01892 524456 www.barrett-byrd.com info@barrett-byrd.com © ITS United Kingdom 2015 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of ITS United Kingdom. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this publication is accurate and up-to-date, the publishers take no responsibility for errors and omissions. Opinions expressed in editorial contributions to this publication are those of their respective authors and are not necessarily shared either by Barrett, Byrd Associates or ITS United Kingdom. It gives me great pleasure to introduce our 2015 Review. I hope you will find Steven Norris President ITS (UK) the content interesting and useful. Don’t forget that it is also available on line at www.its-ukreview.org. Alongside this Review we also have our biannual online magazines, and new for 2015, a weekly roundup of news available at the same website or by free subscription, direct into your inbox. All our Members are encouraged to let us have your news and opinion pieces for inclusion. If you have not published anything with ITS (UK) before you will find that the process is simple and that our readers will be interested in what you have to say. ITS (UK) has as usual kept up a wide variety of activities during the past year: technical expertise shared within our Interest Groups, international representation and promotion through the Network of National ITS Associations, ERTICO and the European ITS Congress in Helsinki, policy and standards work through our collaborations with the House of Commons Transport Committee, the Department for Transport and BSi, and our range of media and events to keep Members informed and involved in it all. Thanks are due to the Members who support our ITS Congress activities (Nicander, Arup, Mouchel and INRIX during 2014) and to all those who help with written and oral evidence to the Transport Committee and to BSi. We are also grateful to the CEN and ISO technical experts within the Membership who share and consult to make sure that they build a UK consensus viewpoint for feeding into the standardisation process. We are very grateful to the leaders and participants in our Interest Groups who make these a repository of world leading expertise and an excellent resource for all our Members. To quote just a few examples, our Automotive User Interest Group led by the University of Coventry and MIRA is doing an excellent job of highlighting the important but sometimes forgotten topic of Human Factors. The Connected Vehicles Interest Group is keeping up interest in systems which connect vehicles, infrastructure and users and offer great potential for safety and sustainability gains. This topic risks being overshadowed by the flashy new one of autonomous vehicles, but the CVIG led by White Willow Consulting and Highways England makes sure we remember that vehicle-only systems are not the only show in town. We continue to build on our library of guides which explain the potential of our technologies without requiring technical expertise from the reader. Our popular basic guide to ITS for Local Authority officers came out in a new edition during 2014. We also worked with the IET to produce a companion guide on emerging technologies with potential to be of use in a Local Authority context. Planned for 2015 are a compendium of our one-page briefing notes of recent years, and a guide to good practice in collecting and using transport data. We welcome and hope we have helped to create the increased Government interest in our area and during the past year we enjoyed working with Innovate UK, the Transport Systems Catapult, and the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network, all Government-funded bodies currently taking a healthy interest in our sector. Long may this continue. Finally, while ITS (UK) wants to stress that years of work on connected vehicles and cooperative systems should not be abandoned due to the excitement of driverless cars, we do welcome the findings of the Department for Transport at the start of 2015 on the regulatory framework for the testing of autonomous vehicles on UK roads. ITS (UK) contributed to the consultation process which resulted in the Report. The fact that DfT has found that “driverless vehicles can legally be tested on public roads in the UK today” is excellent news for the UK ITS sector and will enable many of our Members to take part in both UK trials and in taking on work from overseas clients to carry out tests here. ITS (UK) is ready to play its part in creating a “testbed UK” for international autonomous vehicle research and demonstrations. Our Members TRL, Imperial College, Arup, Jaguar Landrover, MIRA, Transport Systems Catapult, Bristol City Council and Atkins are already engaged in the Innovate UK autonomous vehicle trials in Bristol, Greenwich, and Milton Keynes / Coventry. Thank you again for all your support for our Society, and wishing you a very successful year. www.its-ukreview.org


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