panellists at Journey Makers event

Loughborough academic discusses the future of driverless cars

Loughborough University recently took part in an expert discussion on the future of driverless cars.

The Journey Makers event was organised by the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL), the world’s most advanced urban testbed for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Loughborough is the leading academic partner of the SMLL consortium, which is using public and private roads in London to develop and validate new mobility and transport technologies in a real-world connected environment.

The Journey Makers event featured two panels of experts covering some of the most topical questions surrounding driverless cars. The first panel discussed the future of transport and the second focused on the future of SMLL and London CAVs.

Senior Research Fellow Tracy Ross from Loughborough’s Design School sat on the second panel with representatives from other SMLL partners - Transport for London, DG Cities, Cisco, TRL, Cubic and London Legacy Development Corporation.

The benefits to the environment and increased safety were discussed, as well as the possibility of more connected transport systems creating more connected communities.

The future of mobility technologies is a government priority and Loughborough University is forming collaboration partnerships with the industries that will facilitate this future.

More information on Loughborough’s partnership with SMLL can be found here.