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Connected Vehicles – Projects and Initiatives by Highways England


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Autonomous Vehicle technologies will likely have a profound impact on how Highways England manage the strategic road network. It has the capability to improve safety and reduce congestion. Learn about the projects that Highways England are managing.

Date and Time

28 February 2018 - 18:30-21:00


Bedford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact Robin Donoghue (Robin.Donoghue@ofcom.org.uk) for more information.

About this event

Highways England is committed to supporting Governement policy on its desire to support the adoption of connected and autonoumous vehicle (CAV) technologies, as it recognises the potential these technologies have to support economic growth, improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve journey times. These are key outcomes of the current Roads Investment Strategy, which Highways England is delivering.

Highways England’s Delivery Plan has three key aims: Safety; Customer Service; and deliver the Roads Investment Strategy. The use of CAV is seen as the type of future transport that will be able to support the achievement of these aims.

In order to inform any future policies, Highways England is conducting research in the use of CAV by collaborating with industry on several projects – such as UKCITE and the A2/M2 corridor - that will provide Highways England with data that will be used to develop our understanding of how best to use CAV to improve safety and reduce congestion.

Highways England is also working with other EU road authorites to help ensure that there will be a seamless approach to CAV across EU countries, so that the technologies may be adopted in a uniform way.


1830-1900  Registration; networking with refreshments
1900-2100  Lecture, followed by Q&A

Reasons to attend

Attendees will learn about the projects that Highways England are managing in the connected vehicle field, outlining what they are doing and how these initiatives fit into Highways England and Government strategy for the strategic road network. 

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

CPD Certificates (if required) are available after the event upon request from our Secretary, Mr Ian Brooker (ibrooker@theiet.org).


Free of Charge

Additional information

Speaker Ian Thompson, Senior Technology Advisor and Intelligent Transport Research Officer, Highways England
Ian works in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Research and Development, and currently has a brief on connected and autonomous vehicles and Wireless Charging of electric vehicles, with particular reference to the UK motorway network.

Ian has several years experience developing government policy for the road network in the UK. :

Registration information

Please register for this event if you intend to come.

This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2017-18 program. 


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