SMMT Events

SMMT Connected 2019

SMMT Connected 2017

Thursday 4 April 2019

As the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) revolution gathers pace, SMMT will host its third connected and autonomous vehicle conference, SMMT Connected.

The event offers the UK automotive and technology sectors the opportunity to showcase the latest technological advancements to policy makers and the media, whilst discussing the latest developments and challenges surrounding CAVs.

Connected 2017 Highlights

The second ever SMMT Connected conference brought together more than 400 delegates from across industry, including 20 world-class speakers and 40-plus members of the media.

With connected and autonomous technology set to revolutionise the future of the automotive industry, SMMT Connected 2017 provided an opportunity for the UK Automotive and Technology sectors to showcase and discuss the latest developments and challenges surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

The event also provided the opportunity to launch a new SMMT report commissioned from Strategy& part of the PwC network, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Revolutionizing Mobility in Societyto explore how CAVs could radically transform millions of lives and particularly those not able to travel as freely as others. The study found that connected & autonomous vehicles will improve quality of life for 6 in 10 people with limited mobility in the UK.

Please click here to view the event programme.

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Keynotes: Government, Industry and Technology

Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS announced a funding competition allowing UK companies to bid for an initial share of £55 million in funding – part of the £100 million test bed pot.

Watch the speech here.

Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG introduced audience members to BMW’s vision of future cars, along with their potential to deliver $10 trillion dollars in value in part through increasing productivity.

Watch the speech here.

Doug Davis, SVP and General Manager of the Automated Driving Group, Intel Corporation offered a tech perspective on the challenges around automotive tech and highlighted a key concern for car makers: how to deal with vast quantities of data that CAVs would be churning out.

Watch the speech here.

Graham Hoare, Director – Global Vehicle Evaluation and Verification Ford Product Development, Ford Motor Company outlined Ford’s vision of the city of tomorrow and the role that commercial vehicles will play in the future. Watch Graham’s remarks below.

Watch the speech here.

Panel Discussions

Mobility – Future Challenges and Opportunities

Future mobility has the potential to offer unrivalled transport solutions and zero environmental impact at the same time as contributing to economic growth.  This panel explored the opportunities and numerous challenges to be overcome in order to reach these goals.

Watch the full discussion here.

Social and Safety Benefits

The findings of the new report were explored during this panel discussion, as well as the current and potential safety benefits of CAVS.

Watch the full discussion here.

Cyber Security and Data Protection

The panel identified the potential issues and assesses what needs to be put into place in order to further encourage the adoption of connected driving in the UK.

Watch the full discussion here.

Panel: International Perspectives

Our international panel explored the approaches national and local authorities are adopting and the challenges they have faced though the development of these schemes.

Watch the full discussion here.