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PACTS conference to focus on topical issue of driverless cars

The event – which is being offered at a special pricing rate for Fleet World readers – takes place at Thatcham Research on 22nd October and features outdoor and indoor displays, providing the chance to drive Thatcham’s range of cars fitted with autonomous emergency braking and other advance driver assistance systems including:

  • Queue Assist

  • Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (vehicle to vehicle)

  • Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (vehicle to pedestrian)

  • Reverse Auto Brake

  • Self-parking systems

The conference, which will be chaired by Professor Pete Thomas, Loughborough University, coincides with the Government’s review of regulations for driverless cars, which could see driverless cars on the road from 2015, and also comes as the prospects for developing and manufacturing autonomous vehicles as part of the UK car industry come under the scrutiny of the House of Lords. Meanwhile the Transport Select Committee is currently holding its first evidence sessions for its Motoring of the Future inquiry, which includes driverless cars.  

PACTS executive director David Davies said: ‘Increasing levels of vehicle automation are here – driverless or otherwise. These offer significant opportunities to improve road safety. This conference will bring together experts from the UK and abroad to explore ways to maximise the benefits for all road users and to avoid possible negative consequences.’

Thatcham Research CEO Peter Shaw added: ‘This is an exciting time for motorists. Advances in road safety are increasingly dependent on advances in vehicle technology and we are delighted to demonstrate some of the latest technology.’

Booking rates are shown below but Fleet World readers can book at the Public Sector/Academic rate; a discount of over £50.

Standard rate:     £249 +VAT

Public Sector / Academic:     £195 + VAT

PACTS/Thatcham Member:     £179 + VAT

Additional Delegate rate:    £150 + VAT

Delegate spaces are filling fast and are limited to 150. For more information and booking, visit http://www.pacts.org.uk/2014/08/driverless-vehicles-from-technology-to-policy/

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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.