By Daniel Hunter

With Government figures showing that by 2030 road use will have grown by 25-30 per cent, there is a pressing need to tackle congestion, pollution and road safety.

A summit today (Wednesday) on ‘intelligent mobility’ hosted by the joint government/industry Automotive Council will put these problems and the business opportunities at the top of the agenda.

The UK has a good track record in the development of new technologies and world-class specialist businesses and the summit will focus on how to exploit this talent.

Automotive manufacturers, fleet operators, IT and communications specialists and infrastructure providers will address the challenges of how ‘congestion-busting’ solutions developed in the UK could help attract foreign investment as well as boost the UK economy.

“Increasing road capacity while tackling congestion means we will need to be more intelligent in managing the road network and the vehicles that use it," Business Secretary and Co-Chair of the Automotive Council Vince Cable said.

"Intelligent mobility could also benefit the economy allowing businesses to be more competitive, reducing logistics costs, giving more predictable journey times and reducing CO2 emissions. Achieving an intelligent mobility solution will need different sectors and disciplines working together. Today’s summit has started that debate.”

The Government is aiming to make the UK the technology hub of Europe. The establishment of the Transport Systems and Future Cities Catapult Centres will enable greater collaboration between world leading UK businesses, innovators and academics.

"This summit represents a chance for the UK’s auto industry to bring more R&D investment into the country," Automotive Council Co-Chair Professor Richard Parry-Jones said.

"Designing cars that intelligently navigate their way through traffic is the kind of challenge that calls on the country’s combined auto heritage and budding technological expertise. Networked vehicles under digital control are going to become the future of car manufacturing.”

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