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We champion travel and transport for people by air, sea, rail and road. We focus on opportunities for engineering and technology. Bringing together experts from industry, academia and government, we deliver programmes of activity, inspired by issues of the day and innovation around the transport from autonomous vehicles to integrated systems and beyond.

Highlights

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Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology 2016

The IET’s Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology provides local authority (LA) managers with an easy-to-understand overview of new technologies for intelligent transport systems (ITS) which are likely to be widely adopted in the near future. The Guide also demonstrates cost and efficiency benefits through case studies from LAs already using new technologies.

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HS2 and the IET

The IET Transport Sector, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HS2 Ltd are collaborating on a programme of knowledge dissemination related to the rail system design of the proposed new UK high speed railway line – HS2. The collaboration aims to share the technical knowledge, innovations and challenges of delivering a large scale transport project.

Key topics

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Autonomous vehicles

Connected and autonomous vehicles will play a significant role in a future transport system, offering mobility assistance for an ageing population. From driverless cars to unmanned aerial vehicles, challenges in innovation will bring together the transport and ICT sectors to address challenges in safety, cyber security and public acceptance.

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Energy efficiency

Even though substantial improvements in efficiency have been achieved in the internal combustion engine and by replacing hydraulic and pneumatic power and controls with electrical alternatives, Transport is the sector with the highest final energy consumption. Lightweight structures, electric vehicles and harvesting surplus energy to reduce the amount of fuel required to make a journey, saving money and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted.

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Future transport technologies

New technologies could unlock the transport challenges we are facing. Silent aircraft could increase capacity at airports without the need for runway expansions and lightweight materials will make our vehicles faster, more fuel efficient, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and protecting the environment.

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Intelligent mobility

Innovation will significantly improve the efficiency and experience of the end-to end journey for people and freight. Working with the ICT and Built Environment sectors, the Transport Sector will be developing thought leadership in connected vehicles, intelligent logistics, monitoring and data, smart systems, urban mobility, passenger information and intermodal transport.

Videos

News

Fishing drone flies 2km out to sea and brings home its catch

Fisherman geeks will now be able to join the drone-mania bandwagon with a £15,000 UAV that can fish up to two kilometres away from its controller and even deliver any moderately sized catch back to the shore.

Flight MH370 search to be suspended, relatives informed

The international rescue team searching for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost since March 2014, has announced it will abandon operations if the plane is not found in the current search area. 

Facebook tests solar-powered drones to deliver internet access

Facebook has successfully completed a test flight of a solar-powered drone that it intends to fly over third world countries in order to bring internet access to deprived areas.

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Bringing you all the latest on IET Transport Sector initiatives, partnerships and thought leadership together with details of upcoming events, Sector highlights on IET.tv and opportunities for you to get involved!