TaaS Technology Conference "“ tomorrow's transportation #taasmania

On the 9th and 10th of July, The University of Warwick, Coventry proved a great venue as more than 300 global industry experts gathered to discuss connected and autonomous vehicles and future mobility.

We have seen the future of transportation - and it's connected. To you, your smart home and artificial intelligence.

This vision was unveiled to and by more than 300 of the world's top engineers, designers and visionaries in Coventry on the 9th and 10th July.

The inaugural Transportation-as-a-Service Technology conference excelled on many fronts, combining insightful presentations on key issues, thought provoking panel sessions, audience interaction, with great attendance figures and a packed exhibition hall. Andrew Parkes, Executive Director of Mobility and Transport at Coventry University and Conference Co-Chair opened the conference and detailed the great opportunities Connected Automated Vehicles (CAV's) and future mobility will bring.

For 2 days speakers from across the industry discussed connectivity, sensors, software, safety, legislation, city planning and future mobility models and the technologies to enable TaaS. Contributions came from Nokia, Orange, Intel, Microsoft, AXA Insurance, NVIDIA, IBM, UBER, Ricardo and Jaguar Land Rover amongst many more.

And it wasn't just tomorrow's world engineers. Sarah Gayton from the National Federation of the Blind of the UK, explained why we must make sure the future of mobility is inclusive. Nathan Marsh, Intelligent Mobility Lead Director agreed, saying that if we do not build inclusivity into TaaS, we will end up with the "˜CAVs and CAVs not'!

A packed exhibition hall allowed 30+ sponsors to exhibit their technology to the global industry, ranging from Ridecell and Vulog showing off their car-sharing platform, AVL showing their autonomous demonstrator vehicle and DOVU showcasing their blockchain solution for a unified token, wallet and marketplace for earning and spending mobility related rewards. It was fantastic to see so many new relationships being formed during the networking breaks and the evening dinner and drinks event.

The start-up pavilion allowed eight new companies to showcase their solutions for mobility with a 3 minutes "˜Dragons Den' style pitch on the main stage and they also had a presence in the exhibition to allow them to connect with the industry.

Professor Andrew Parkes, Executive Director of Coventry University's Centre for Transport and Mobility and Conference Co-Chair said: "It was a great pleasure to be the inaugural Chair of this very successful conference.The organisation team did a great job in bringing together a far wider group of organisations who will be playing key roles in the future of transportation than has been the case at more technology- focused events. We had presentations and discussions featuring the likes of Microsoft, Nvidia, IBM with input from, among others, the European Investment Bank, new start-ups, special interest groups, local authorities and a broad spectrum of system developers. We took a very deliberate approach to bringing user acceptance and business models to the fore of the discussions and had some fascinating updates on the real enablers for progress; open systems architecture, data management and blockchain security. I really enjoyed the exhibits and they reinforced the continued role of Coventry and the West Midlands at the forefront of Transportation thinking and innovation."

"Future mobility technologies and services will benefit us all. However to accelerate progress, a broad range of experts and organisations will need to work more closely together. The TaaS Technology Conference proved to be an excellent forum for bringing the right people together, sharing valuable knowledge, and stimulating new discussions and collaborations." said Paul Jennings, Professor, WMG, University of Warwick and conference program board member.

"Well organised friendly and relaxed conference. Great mix of international speakers and topics. Excellent networking and with high level attendees. I look forward to supporting the event next year." commented Richard Harris, Director at Ohmio Automotive, conference program board member, co-chair and ITS Hall of Famer.

"It was a great pleasure to attend, speak at and chair the inaugural TaaS Technology Conference on the 9th and 10th of July this year. I was extremely impressed with the knowledge depth of the speakers and the breadth of topics showed just how large and varied the transportation space is becoming. It was also surprising just how many people I knew and knew of attended, which made for a terrific opportunity to catch up. Overall TaaS Technology is a great addition to the future Mobility space, and I would highly recommend attending next year" added James Carter, Principal Consultant at Vision Mobility, a member of the conference program board and conference co-chair.

Sukhi Bhadal, TaaS Technology Conference Event Director added
"It was fantastic to see 16 months worth of research and hard work come together with such a successful conference and exhibition. The aim was to create an event to bring together the global community to help the key stake holders engage and drive forward the future of CAVs and Future Mobility."

"One of the key takeaways from this event was that collaboration is key. One company alone will not drive forward the revolution taking place "“ working together will be the only way we can achieve a future of mobility which will be inclusive, help us protect our environment and help to save lives!"

"The doors have barely closed on the 2018 event and the team are already planning the 2019 event and portfolio. The plans included 2 co-located conferences, CAVs and Future Mobility as per 2018 and the addition of a 2nd conference entitled "˜Energising Future Mobility' which will focus on key topics surrounding EVs, Battery/Energy Tech and Infrastructure. We will add a TaaS Technology Awards program to the proceedings for the 2019 event "“ we will publish details of our plans later this year." added Bhadal. #taasmania @taas_technology

For further information on speaking, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for 2019 please contact:

Sukhi Bhadal, Event Director. T: +44 (0)2476 718970 E: [email protected]

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