Can bees, dragonflies and locusts help solve Connected and Autonomous Vehicle challenges?

Posted on: 08/04/2019

KTN’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles workshop and Nature Inspired Engineering Showcase, 25 April, London

Could the navigations skills of bees be used to inform the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV)? Could collective intelligence improve driving habits? Could neuronal mechanisms underlying collision avoidance and escape behaviour in locusts provide insight into CAV planning?

The potential synergies between CAVs and Nature Inspired Engineering will be explored at KTN’s event on 25 April in London which brings together these two inter-connected industry sectors.

Aimed at technology SMEs, car manufacturers, funding bodies and local authorities, this day of workshops will consider key topics for CAV and showcase Nature Inspired Engineering solutions that can help solve transport and intelligent mobility problems for CAVs and the wider transport ecosystem.

Several innovative organisations operating in the field of Nature Inspired Engineering will be on hand to showcase products and outline their research and how it could be influential in the planning for CAVs. Confirmed contributors sector include Opteran, Amanda Prorok from the University of Cambridge, and the Department of Bioengineering from Imperial College London.

The presentations for the day will focus on how CAVs might offer a solution for local authorities looking at transport requirements and costs. There will be a focus on the different types of physical and non-physical requirements that vehicles will need to address for a wider implementation on our roads and in our lives. The event will explore the different types of roads and potential interactions (e.g. having to swerve to avoid a wild animal) as well as different social requirements CAVs will need to address.

There will be two workshops, one for local authorities looking at how to improve rural transport and one for the transport industry and regulators examining sensors and sensor standards.

To find out more and register, click here.

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