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Transport Minister to take part in driverless vehicles demo at PACTS conference

Ms Perry will take part in demonstrations of the technology and to find out what industry wants from government in addressing the challenges and opportunities they bring.

She will be joined at the event, which is being held at Thatcham Research on 22nd October by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), by a conference programme line-up including:

  • Chair: Professor Pete Thomas, Director, Transport Safety Research Centre, Loughborough University
  • Peter Shaw, chief executive, Thatcham Research
  • Matthew Avery, head of research, Thatcham Research
  • Scott Pendry, policy adviser, motor insurance, Association of British Insurers
  • Dr Samantha Jamson, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Ian Yarnold, head of international vehicle standards division, Department for Transport

As well as hearing from the experts in driverless cars, the event will give delegates the opportunity to try the experience for themselves, as well as cars which park themselves, or automatically brake to stop you hitting pedestrians or other vehicles – and all of this is current technology already available on cars you can order for your fleet now.

Delegates will also be offered a tour of Thatcham’s state of the art Repair Technology Centre where new vehicles are methodically stripped and rebuilt for the purpose of producing vehicle specific crash repair methods, as well as the Euro NCAP accredited Crash Laboratory, where Thatcham’s expert team run a variety of crash testing scenarios to establish European wide crash safety ratings.

The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 from 10am to 4pm at Thatcham Research in Thatcham.

Delegate fees are:

Standard rate: £249 +VAT

Public Sector / Academic: £195 + VAT

PACTS/Thatcham Member: £179 + VAT

Additional Delegate rate: £150 + VAT

Fleet World readers can take advantage of a special offer and book at the Public Sector/Academic rate, saving over £50.

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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.