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The Transport Economists’ Group, formed in 1973, provides a forum for people involved in transport economics to meet regularly and discuss matters of mutual interest. Membership is open to economists working in transport and others whose work is connected with transport economics. The aim of the Group is to improve the quality of transport management, planning and decision making by promoting lectures, discussions and publications related to the economics of transport and of the environment within which the industry functions.

Notice of AGM

The Transport Economists’ Group AGM 2019 will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at Arup at 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ, before the March meeting. Further details and papers will appear here.

Next meeting, Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 17:30 for 18:00

Glenn Lyons of UWE will speak on “The many assumptions about self-driving cars – where are we heading and who is in the driving seat?

Will our future be filled with self-driving cars? If so, when are they due to hit our streets, will they have steering wheels, and will people own them or hail them? There is an ‘emotive enthusiasm’ among policymakers and industry players to see, and indeed help bring about, a future mobility revolution. Some commentators are pointing to eye-watering rewards for the taking in economic terms, both in relation to a new high-tech manufacturing and services sector and in relation to benefits to society from ‘going driverless’. However, is this a case of being seduced by the siren sound of technology? This presentation seeks to offer some perspective on this matter. It draws upon the Glenn’s and Graham Parkhurst’s combined experience in working with national transport authorities to expose and address deep uncertainty concerning the future and as part of a series of UK Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) R&D projects. The presentation will focus upon the remarkable sense of inevitability surrounding CAVs as a policy-transformative technology and will consider why such strong global enthusiasm for moving towards a CAV future has been stirred up. While many benefits have been pointed to by proponents of such a future, the presentation will foreground the many assumptions that underpin any depiction of a future CAV scenario. There are four categories of assumptions: technology readiness; consumer adoption; performance and consequences; and synergies (how the context in which any CAV future sits will also have changed from present day). The presentation moves from its title question of who is in the driving seat to arrive at what is considered to be one of the most poignant questions – who is in the passenger seat?

Glenn is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol where he was previously Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Environment and Technology and the founding Director of the Centre for Transport & Society. He is seconded for half his time to Mott MacDonald from UWE Bristol, creating a bridge between academia and practice. Throughout his research career of over 25 years he has focused upon the role of new technologies in supporting and influencing travel behaviour both directly and through shaping lifestyles and social practices. A former secondee to the UK Department for Transport and more recently to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, Glenn has led major studies into traveller information systems, teleworking, virtual mobility, travel time use, user innovation, road pricing, public and business attitudes to transport and future mobility. He is now actively engaged in examining the future prospects for technological innovations including Connected Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility as a Service. He has been involved in a number of strategic futures initiatives and recent engagements have included helping transport authorities address future uncertainty in their planning, policymaking and investment; and examining the need for transport planning practice to evolve. Glenn is a Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. He is also a member of the UK Department for Transport’s Joint Analysis Development Panel.

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