Julia Chen, Senior Policy Adviser, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Julia Chen joined the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in 2017. She leads on the Future of Urban Mobility Strategy, one of the initial priorities of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge established in the Industrial Strategy. Previously Julia worked on clean electricity policy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Presentation: A Grand Challenge: The Future of Mobility in an Ageing Society
We are on the verge of a transport revolution. New technologies – including advanced driver assistance systems, highly automated vehicle technologies, and increased connectivity between vehicles and infrastructure – have the potential to radically change the way we travel, leading to safer, smoother, and smarter mobility.

This creates a huge number of opportunities to improve transport services and design, for everyone in society. For older people, this could mean transport that is more accessible, reliable, flexible, and tailored to individual or local needs. But technological innovation also raises challenges, and there are technical and regulatory hurdles to overcome before this revolution can become a reality.

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) – a joint policy team across the Department for Transport, and the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy – was set up in 2015, to ensure the UK takes full advantage of the potential benefits of connected and automated vehicle technologies. Three years on, CCAV is now playing an important role in the delivery of the Government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, established in the Industrial Strategy, which aims to make the UK a world leader in transport innovation.

This presentation will outline the Government’s efforts to ensure that future transport technologies meet the needs of our ageing society. Through focused research and development projects, dedicated to designing technologies that benefit older users, and a programme of social and behavioural research, Government is working to understand the needs, hopes, and fears of older people, to inform policy making and transport innovation.