IET contributes to London Assembly’s ‘Future Transport’ report

The IET was among the leading organisations that contributed to the London Assembly Transport Committee’s ‘Future Transport: How is London responding to technological innovation?’ report, which was launched on 13 February 2018.

The publication reveals a number of findings on key topics such as the implementation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), the introduction of drones and droids, how effectively Transport for London (TfL) is planning for and monitoring emerging new technologies, dockless cycle hire schemes and the development of app-based transport solutions.  

The IET responded to the London Assembly’s consultation back in October 2017, and its submission was cited several times in the report. The publication features the IET’s comments on how CAVs will place a greater demand on the communications infrastructure; how the use of drones for small package deliveries will need to be properly controlled and made cost-effective and the difficulty of planning for new technology that is often hard to predict. 

To read the IET’s response in full, click here.

According to the Transport Committee, the report follows on from “recent failures” in London’s preparations for innovative transport services, notably the rapid growth of private hire operator Uber and the disruptive launch of dockless cycle hire service oBike, and it comes at a time when London is in the midst of a major transport upheaval, meaning Transport for London (TfL) needs to predict and prepare for changes in technology.

Click here to see the complete report.

See Also:

Expect the Unexpected - An IET Transport Sector report on the unintended consequences of the connected and autonomous vehicles.