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ICFM to put spotlight on autonomous vehicles for annual conference

Dubbed “Autonomous vehicles – their future impact on legislation and fleet policy”, the 22nd ICFM conference takes place on Tuesday 25th November at the Henry Ford College, Loughborough and is hosted by Ford Motor Company and co-sponsored by FMG, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and British Car Auctions.

The morning session will focus on the future impact that autonomous vehicles will have on managing corporate fleets. Experts participating in the session include: Ian Mills, national manager – contract hire & leasing, Ford Motor Company; Bob Holbrey, group IT director, FMG; Gerry Keaney, chief executive, BVRLA; Craig Purvey, general manager corporate development, British Car Auctions; Adrian Bewley, head of business rental UK, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Dr Nick Reed DPhil (Oxon) CPsychol principal human factors researcher, TRL Senior Academy Fellow; and Tiff Needell, British racing driver and television presenter. The “in-dialogue” session will be facilitated by Peter Eldridge, ICFM director and Council Member.

After lunch, Tiff Needell will be the conference guest speaker and will also present this year's ICFM awards.

Rounding off the programme will be keynote speaker Hugh Dickerson, senior industry head automotive at Google. Hugh promises to deliver an interesting and informative insight into the rapid developments in technology and social media and their application in the retail and automotive sector plus an overview of Google's autonomous vehicle testing programme, which has seen its test cars cover over 700,000 accident-free miles.

The annual national members' conference will commence at 10.00am and finish at 3.30pm. ICFM members will be allowed to bring one guest with them free of charge.

To register their free attendance, ICFM members should complete the online booking form at www.icfm.com. The deadline for registration is 17th November 2014. Cost of attendance for non-members who are not guests is £70. Non-members who wish to attend the conference should e-mail: [email protected]

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.