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Transport Minister to provide keynote address at tomorrow’s driverless cars conference

Ms Perry will oversee the driverless car trials in the UK, working with BIS, and has said: ‘Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the UK’s transport network – they could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2. We are determined to ensure driverless cars can fulfil this potential which is why we are actively reviewing regulatory obstacles to create the right framework for trialling these vehicles on British roads.’

The event is being run by PACTS, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, at Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ safety body, surrounding visitors with the latest vehicle technologies, crash test dummies and live repair projects. 

Key speakers will tackle the legal, insurance and technical issues of driverless cars.  Outdoor and indoor displays include 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 coincides with the Government’s review of regulations for driverless cars and the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry Motoring of the Future. It will be chaired by Professor Pete Thomas, Loughborough University, with Delphi as the conference’s technology partner.

Thatcham Research, near Newbury in Berkshire, will provide ample car parking as well as a shuttle minibus service from Thatcham train station. Delegate spaces have filled quickly and are limited to 150.

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

For more information and last-minute 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.