GETTING TRANSPORTATION OFF THE GROUND
How PATS (personal airborne transportation systems) will shake up personal transportation before 2030. Many companies are significantly advanced in the development of personal airborne transportation systems. In this stream, which will run over two days, we will review where those companies are in their development cycles, taking their overall visions and technologies into account. We will also look at the enabling technologies, the development of high-fidelity urban airspace mapping and how air traffic control will interface with low-level urban and inter-city ‘flyers’.
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LEGAL & TECHNICAL ISSUES OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
Successful implementation of autonomous vehicles has many hazards and hurdles to overcome. If implementation is managed carefully by car and systems manufacturers, and a legal framework for progressive utilisation and full uptake is realistically guided, autonomous vehicles have the potential to revolutionise personal surface transportation. This two-day session will look at the development of realistic and viable legal frameworks and the issues of over-rapid implementation. Aspects covered will include ‘driver’ training and system safeguards in highly populated urban and inter-urban highways, as well as the potential for cyber-interference. click here to view first speakers in this stream
THE CHALLENGE FOR RAIL
Is there a role for this form of transport? Rail interfaces very badly with roads, and there would be major advantages in stripping out the rail and underground networks and replacing them with high-speed, high-density autonomous vehicle networks that would transition seamlessly into the existing road infrastructure. So the question here is whether there is a future for rail in a modern transportation environment. Rail and mass-transit operators will present their visions of the future. click here to view first speakers in this stream
Can there really be scope to create a zero-fatality transport environment? The building blocks are apparent already, but is the zero vision a reality on the surface and in the air? And if not, what can we expect to see in terms of better life-saving systems and methods? Drones are already being developed to deliver essential equipment to paramedics, so it may be that Vision Zero is achieved through a combination of inputs and developments. click here to view first speakers in this stream