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.
Electric and hybrid vehicles are being developed globally, and due to rising fuel prices and the requirement to reduce emissions, the transport industry is striving to develop truly sustainable alternative sources of energy to power vehicles. The IET interviewed some of the latest players (BMW, Nissan, Peugeot and Hyundai) introducing electric vehicles to the consumer market at the Green fleet Arrive’n’Drive event.
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.
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 unnamed aerial vehicles, challenges in innovation will bring together the transport and ICT sectors to address challenges in safety, cyber security and public acceptance.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Axel Fuchs
27 October 2015
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Solar Impulse 2, the plane powered by solar power only, has landed safely in Arizona after almost 16 hours in flight.
ExoMars, Europe’s first Martian rover, is facing a two-year delay in its mission to blast off towards the Red Planet, as the project is progressing slower than initially expected.