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29 April 2022: Carsofthefuture.co.uk launches new weekly newsletter

On a mission to drive more sensible debate about self-driving, Carsofthefuture.co.uk has launched a free weekly e-newsletter. Sponsored by Self-drivingPR.com and published on 29 April 2022, the first issue featured five stories:

1) UK self-driving success as CAVForth bus project conducts first public road test

2) UK Highway Code self-driving announcement sparks media uproar

3) Happy to go driverless? D-Risk reveals even 36/29/35 UK opinion split

4) Meet the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) in Europe

5) Video: Police stop self-driving car in San Francisco – “Ain’t nobody in it!”

Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor, Neil Kennett, said: “I love cars and driving, but I firmly believe that connected and automated mobility (CAM) will be utterly transformative. It’s a fascinating area with unique selling points, increasingly distinct from traditional automotive. It forces us to face some uncomfortable truths: that 95% of the time most cars are just taking up space and depreciating, and that well over a million road deaths occur worldwide every year. These are safety-critical issues and now is a crucial time in terms of public perception, so utmost clarity is vital. That’s what Carsofthefuture.co.uk is all about.”

The first Carsofthefuture.co.uk weekly newsletter is online now: https://preview.mailerlite.io/preview/8362/emails/53363659787732107

Sign-up for the newsletter at: https://carsofthefuture.co.uk/

3 February 2022: Carsofthefuture.co.uk renews Reuters partnership for Auto Tech 2022

On a mission to drive more sensible debate about self-driving, Carsofthefuture.co.uk has renewed its media partnership with Reuters Events for the Auto Tech 2022 digital conference on 14-15 June.

The prestigious two-day online event will enable technology providers and automotive companies to meet and do business with vehicle manufacturers (VMs) including Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Daimler, Fisker, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Opel and Toyota. Confirmed speakers include Mercedes Benz Mobility chief executive Franz Reiner, Hyundai Motor Company chief safety officer Brian Latouf, Polestar chief operating officer Dennis Nobelius and Lucid Motors vice president of software validation Margaret Burgraff.

As part of The Key Steps Towards Safer Roads programme on 15 June, Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor Neil Kennett will moderate two sessions: 1) “The Growing Presence of AI”, with Sammy Omari, vice president of autonomy at Motional, and; 2)Where are we on the journey to full automation?”, with Xinzhou Wu, head of Xpeng Motors’ Autonomous Driving Centre. The former will cover the value of artificial intelligence in testing cutting-edge systems and its role in autonomous vehicle (AV) decision making. The latter will cover autonomous driving, in-car connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), evaluating the progress made and exploring when carmakers expect to introduce fully automated features.

Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor, Neil Kennett, said: “I’m delighted to renew our partnership with Reuters and look forward to lively discussions about these phenomenal but controversial technologies. It’s a shame, given everything Tesla’s done for electric cars, that so many hyperbolic headlines are caused by its confusingly-named Full Self-Driving (FSD) package. It simply isn’t self-driving as the rest of the industry understands it. Conflating assisted and automated driving is dangerous, because it risks drivers misunderstanding what their cars are capable of. News of so-called driverless car crashes then dents consumer confidence – the last thing the industry needs at such a crucial time in terms of public perception. These are safety-critical issues and utmost clarity is vital. For the near future at least, the best advice is that drivers need to be alert at all times.”

Nabil Awan, automotive conference producer at Reuters Events, added: “The moves towards greater connectivity and autonomy that we are seeing will lead to safer roads while also deeply transforming the auto industry as we know it today. Our unique Auto Tech 2022 event will give innovators and technology providers a chance to discuss the latest advances and come away with valuable intelligence with which to drive the evolution of the sector.”

For further information, visit events.reutersevents.com/automotive/technology-virtual

18 October 2021: Carsofthefuture.co.uk Editor to Host Advancing Autonomous Session at Reuters Automotive 2021 

As part of a media partnership agreement with Reuters Events for the four-day Automotive 2021 online conference, Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor Neil Kennett will moderate the Advancing Autonomous live panel on Wednesday 20 October.

Discussing key self-driving topics including likely timelines, potential economic, environmental and social benefits, public perception and regulation, will be: Dr Ryan Eustice, Senior Vice President of Automated Driving at Toyota Research Institute; Mike Hogan, Senior Vice President of Automotive at Global Foundries; Qi Hommes, Director of System Design and Mission Assurance at Zoox; and Sammy Omari, Vice President of Autonomy in Engineering at Motional.

Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor, Neil Kennett, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Reuters again for this global event which fits perfectly with our mission to encourage more sensible debate about autonomous vehicles. We couldn’t have wished for a better panel with four great guests, each big-hitters with vast knowledge and sometimes very different takes on this fast-growing, completely revolutionary but controversial sector.”

Automotive 2021 will take place on 19-22 October. See reutersevents.com 

10 May 2021: Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor to host Automotive & Transportation session at Small Cells World Summit 

Carsofthefuture.co.uk has signed a media partnership agreement with The Small Cell Forum (SCF) for its three-day online Small Cells World Summit, The Future of Mobile Networks, on 11-13 May 2021.

As part of the deal, Carsofthefuture.co.uk editor Neil Kennett will moderate the Automotive & Transportation session from 11am on Wednesday 12 May, with high-profile speakers including: Peter Stoker, Chief Engineer for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles at Millbrook Proving Ground; Dr Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer at the 5G Automotive Association, one of the world’s leading authorities on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Bill McKinley, Connected Car Business Lead at Keysight Technologies; and Mark Cracknell, Head of Connected and Automated Mobility at Zenzic, responsible for accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK.

Carsofthefuture.co.uk is the home of news and views about driverless vehicles in the UK. Founder and editor, Neil Kennett, said: “We are delighted to partner with The Small Cell Forum for this exciting virtual event, which brings together mobile operators, vendors and regulators from around the globe. The Automotive & Transportation session will focus on connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) opportunities, particularly vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, in-vehicle payments, and the rival ITS-G5 and C-V2X 5G technologies. 

“Small cells deliver high-quality, secure 4G and 5G coverage, so there are clearly a multitude of new use cases in the connected car world and the wider mobility ecosystem. Aside from supporting self-driving, they can facilitate everything from in-car infotainment and shopping, to fixing technical problems before they occur and pre-empting likely crash scenarios. It is no exaggeration to say they could be a lifesaver.”

Carsofthefuture.co.uk readers can benefit from a 40% discount on Small Cells World Summit 2021 tickets using the code SCWS2021. See https://www.smallcells.world/

17 March 2021: Carsofthefuture.co.uk signs media partnership agreement with Reuters Events for Car of the Future 2021 

Carsofthefuture.co.uk has signed a media partnership agreement with Reuters Events for the two-day Car of the Future 2021 online event in June.

Intended to drive vehicle change to create a safer and more sustainable world, the event boasts the most senior collection of technology, autonomous vehicles (AV), electric vehicle (EV) and advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) leaders ever seen. High profile speakers include: Michelle Avary, Head of Automotive and Autonomous Mobility at The World Economic Forum; Carla Gohin, Research & Innovation Senior Vice President at Stellantis; Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars; Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz AG; José Muñoz, Global Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Company; and Dr Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer at Ford Motor Company.

Carsofthefuture.co.uk founder, Neil Kennett, said: “We’re delighted to be a media partner for this exciting Reuters event which fits perfectly with our mission to chart the development of, and encourage sensible debate about, driverless cars in the UK. Full self-driving is a way off yet but as ever more advanced driver assistance systems become available, notably Automated Lane Keeping (ALK), it is vital that the public understands where we are with the technology and what it can and can’t do.”

Car of the Future 2021 will take place on 14-15 June. See reutersevents.com 

26 October 2020: Cars of the Future is a Zenzic CAM Creator

Carsofthefuture.co.uk has been named a Zenzic CAM Creator in recognition of its work providing news and views about driverless vehicles in the UK.

Bringing together government, industry and academia, Zenzic is tasked with establishing the UK as a world leader in self-driving. Its newly updated UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 tracks progress against core deliverables including regulation, safety, public understanding and high-value jobs.

Carsofthefuture.co.uk founder, Neil Kennett, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised as a Zenzic CAM Creator alongside some very big names in the self-driving sector. Our mission is to chart the development of, and encourage debate about, all aspects of driverless cars. As such, we will make a valuable contribution to the Society and People part of the Roadmap, particularly around public perception and evolving attitudes.  

“Driverless cars capture the imagination but it is vital that the public understands where we are with the technology and what it can and can’t do. Let’s be clear, driverless cars don’t yet exist, but they are coming. Will your kids need to learn to drive? What should happen in a no-win crash situation? If you’re interested in these questions please sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social and get involved.”

Daniel Ruiz, Zenzic CEO, commented: “The contribution of CAM Creators like Carsofthefuture.co.uk is the foundation of the UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030: CAM Creators Update. The UK is currently amongst the global leaders in the development of self-driving vehicles and services thanks to the continued collaboration across sectors towards a common goal of being able to benefit from CAM on our streets by the end of the next decade.”

For further info, explore the UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 here.