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Atkins Event: Driverless Cars/ Intelligent Mobility

John McCarthy, Atkins presented on Driverless Cars- what does this mean for Ireland and what do we need to prepare

Dr. John McCarthy, Technical Director Atkins, presented in Dublin last Thursday on Intelligent mobility. The very interesting and well attended Atkins thought leadership and networking event was held in the Merrion Hotel. The presentation was on Autonomous/ Driverless vehicles – what does this mean for Ireland and what do we need to prepare?

There was a wide range of interested parties in attendance including governing bodies, decision and policy makers, clients, contractors, consultants, local authorities, educators, researchers and developers.

There are huge efforts going into the development of Autonomous vehicles around the world. It’s happening now in certain industries and most countries around the world are reflecting on what impact it will have and how they can best prepare for the change. Dr. John McCarthy, Atkins presented his views on this emerging technology and provided opinion on how Ireland can be a forerunner rather than a follower of the growing industry.

John explained that Intelligent Mobility, is a new way of thinking about how to connect people, places and goods across all transport modes. It is essentially, all about behavioural change – how we utilise technology and data on the road, rail and public transport networks to inform decision making and enable behavioural change.

As part of the Atkins organisation John is responsible for both ‘Journey Management’ (seamless and unified journey choices and ticketing) and ‘Roads of the Future’ with a focus on connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). John is leading the technical delivery of two Innovate UK CAV projects, namely ‘FLOURISH’ and ‘VENTURER’, Autonomous Vehicle trials looking at technology, customer requirements and impact on insurance and legal issues. John looks to combine capability across different elements including Mobile technology, Cyber Security, Big Data and the Internet of Things in order to derive a connected experience.