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News Article | April 26, 2017
Unless you’re an avid transport campaigner, it’s likely that among the rush of government announcements made last week, you will have missed one very important one: the publication of the cycling and walking investment strategy (CWIS), The government’s intention to launch a CWIS was first announced in January 2015. It took more than two years, but we now have the first legislation of its kind in England to bind the government with legal commitments to invest in cycling and walking provision. The CWIS has been the result of years’ of pressure from cycling and walking groups and the concerted efforts of a small but dedicated group of civil servants. Its publication is a cause for both celebration and relief, as there were concerns that the forthcoming election could have delayed it further, or even halted it altogether. It comes with a familiar positive vision set out at the start of the document: “We want to make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey.” Cynics might point out that this is nothing new, as similar sentiments have been peddled since as far back as 1996, when the Department for Transport published its National Cycling Strategy. That’s true, but the CWIS is a gamechanger as it has committed to long-term funding for the first time. The CWIS promises up to £1.2bn will be spent on cycling and walking by 2020/21. However, this figure relies largely upon local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to stump up the majority of the cash, as funding pledged from central government coffers is only £316m. Based on these calculations, we can expect £26 per head to be invested in cycling and walking over the next four years for everyone in England outside of London (London’s transport funding is devolved and determined by Transport for London). That’s far short of the minimum annual spend of £10 per head recommended for cycling by both the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and transport select committee, and which was accepted by the previous prime minister, David Cameron. With so much funding for cycling and walking reliant upon local authorities and LEPs, it is absolutely crucial it is spent wisely and in the areas where it will have the most impact. Fortunately, the tools to do this are contained within the CWIS. There’s some excellent guidance for councils on how to begin planning and delivering comprehensive cycling and walking networks in their areas – something Dutch cycle planners have repeatedly stressed as necessary. This is supported by the government-funded Propensity to Cycle Tool, which allows local authorities to map the potential for increased travel by bike under different scenarios. This tool was already in operation before the CWIS, and has led some local campaign groups to start creating “tube-style” cycle network maps, showing the facilities they want to see prioritised in their areas. The government has said it can achieve its goal of doubling cycling with half the recommended amount, and is now legally bound to do so. Perhaps this optimism will be justified. In the meantime, bodies such as Cycling UK, Sustrans, British Cycling, Living Streets and local campaign groups will work together to give this version of the CWIS the greatest chance it has of success. We want our local roads and streets to be well designed, well maintained and, above, all safe and attractive for everyone to use. The health, environmental, economic and quality-of-life benefits of doing so will be enormous.
News Article | May 1, 2017
« SCF Group partners with Shell on LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tankers | Main | Roland Berger “Automotive Disruption Radar” focused on MADE: mobility, autonomy, digitalization, electrification » Transport for London (TfL) recently launched a tender for the bulk procurement of fuel cell buses. Working in partnership with other UK cities (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dundee), TfL is inviting potential suppliers of fuel cell buses to join a framework for the supply of single- and double-decker vehicles to cities across the UK and potentially abroad. The bulk procurement of buses is intended significantly to increase yearly order volumes in Europe and will play a key role in reducing costs and bringing this technology closer to a commercial reality. The procurement activity is part of the JIVE (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project, an EU-funded project deploying 139 new zero emission fuel cell buses across nine cities, the first deployment of this scale in Europe. The project is coordinated by Element Energy. JIVE will run for six years from January 2017 and is co-funded by a €32-million grant from the FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) under the European Union Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation. The overall objective of JIVE is to advance the commercialization of fuel cell buses through large-scale deployment of vehicles and infrastructure so that by the end of the project, fuel cell buses are commercially viable for bus operators to include in their fleets without subsidy, and that local and national governments feel empowered to regulate for zero emission propulsion for their public transport systems.
News Article | May 4, 2017
The world’s first Level 4 autonomous vehicle trials are set to take place in the UK over the next 30 months. Led by Oxbotica, the DRIVEN consortium will deploy a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in urban areas and on motorways, culminating in an end-to-end journey from London to Oxford. With Level 4 autonomy the vehicles will be capable of performing all safety-critical driving functions and monitoring of road conditions for an entire trip with no passenger occupancy. According to the DRIVEN consortium, no connected and autonomous vehicle trial at this level of complexity and integration has ever been attempted anywhere in the world. The project aims to remove the fundamental barriers to real-world commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles. Key challenges the consortium will address include: communication and data sharing between connected vehicles; Connected and Autonomous Vehicles insurance modelling; risk profiling and the new cybersecurity challenges that this amount of data sharing will bring. Part of the consortium’s work includes the use of a fleet of six inter-communicating vehicles equipped with Selenium, Oxbotica’s vehicle manufacturer (OEM) agnostic software. In use, Selenium provides vehicles with an awareness of where they are, what surrounds them, and how they should move to complete a task. A key challenge will be how to insure autonomous fleets of vehicles – and the consortium plans to develop a system that automatically takes into account data from the vehicle and external sources that surround it, such as traffic control systems. The project will also address data protection and cyber-security concerns raised by international policymakers and law enforcement agencies around the world by defining common security and privacy policies related to connected and autonomous vehicles. Prof Paul Newman, head of the Oxford Robotics Institute at the Oxford University, and one of Oxbotica’s founders, said: “DRIVEN is the first of its kind and brings a host of new questions surrounding the way these vehicles will communicate with each other. “We’re moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle, to fleets of autonomous vehicles – and what’s interesting to us at the Oxford Robotics Institute is what data the vehicles share with one another, when, and why.” Besides Oxbotica, other partners involved in the UK project include Oxford Robotics Institute, re/insurer XL Catlin, Nominet, Telefonica O2 UK, Transport Research Laboratory, the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s RACE, Oxfordshire County Council, Transport for London and Westbourne Communications.
News Article | April 26, 2017
Transport for London is spending £18m on upgrading the capital’s power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs. From 1 January 2018, all new black cabs will have to be battery-powered electric models by law as part of TfL’s effort to reduce toxic pollution from diesel engines. The cash will pay for network reinforcements to enable British Gas owner Centrica and other energy companies to install 300 rapid electric-car charging stations by 2020. The charging point can top up a car’s battery within minutes, rather than the hours it takes for the city’s thousands of conventional electric vehicles. An initial 75 fast chargers are due to be operational by the end of the year. While some of the sites will be exclusively for black cabs, the network will also be open to the increasing number of owners of Teslas, Nissan Leafs and electric BMWs in London. Ben Plowden, TfL’s director of surface strategy and planning, said: “An extensive, rapid charging network is fundamental in helping drivers make the shift from fossil fuels to electric.” The cost of installing the chargers will fall on the companies that won a TfL tender: Centrica, Bluepoint London, Chargemaster, Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board and Fastned from the Netherlands. Pricing has not been announced but the main existing network in the capital, Source London, would cost a Leaf driver £10.80 to fully top up with a rapid charger, plus a £4 monthly fee. TfL said the cost to drivers would be capped for the first two years. The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association expects the first electric black cabs on London’s roads in September. Cabbies with an existing taxi older than 10 years will be able to claim a payment from TfL of up to £5,000 later this year towards the cost of the new zero-emission taxis, which are being built at a factory in Coventry.
News Article | May 6, 2017
Nothing says London like the Routemaster bus, tube roundel logo or Harry Beck’s schematic underground network map. Now the capital’s transport authority is seeking to generate cash to reinvest in its tube, train and bus services, using these design classics to sell branded products overseas. Transport for London (TfL) has struck its first global licensing deal, aiming to create a £100m a year branding business. From designer chairs using tube seat patterns and lamps inspired by bus headlights to London underground map tea towels, its own fashion brand and limited edition sets of Scrabble, TfL plans to take its successful UK licensing programme to global markets. “We have been chuntering along quite happily for a number of years and built a great foundation in the UK,” said David Ellis, head of intellectual property development for TfL. “Since slightly before the London 2012 Olympics, there has been an energy behind London. We are now hoping to really drive this internationally. It is time to push the brand in key territories across the global market.” Top of the target list are Japan, China, North America and – closer to home – Europe, said Ellis. He cites the success of a pop-up shop opened in a Tokyo station in the Ginza shopping district last year as an example of the overseas sales potential. Among items on sale was a trainer made in partnership with Nike, patterned with the font used in all London underground maps, signs, logos, leaflets and on social media. This typeface, Johnston100, is an updated version of the original font, introduced in 1916 by calligrapher Edward Johnston. “It was way over-subscribed and was a huge success,” Ellis said. “We are now talking to a major Japanese trading company about how to take that forward. If you can build a strong licensing programme in fashion that can lead to accessories. And homewares is where we have also done well in terms of previous licences, such as our collaboration with Aga cookers.” Previous licensing deals have been done with online furniture store Made.com, games maker Mattel and Kirkby Design, whose cushions based on the tube’s retro seat patterns are stocked in outlets including John Lewis. TfL even has its own fashion brand, Roundel London, launched in 2013. TfL would not elaborate on targets for the international programme but licensing industry sources believe it could be a £100m a year brand in terms of retail sales, or £50m of wholesale value. The organisation would typically expect to retain about 10% of the wholesale figure, meaning the global branding push could generate £5m a year to reinvest in the London transport network if it all goes to plan. “We are not competing against Disney or other character brands selling merchandise,” said Ellis. “We are a corporate brand which takes longer to build. We are certainly not going to use huge amounts of public money to advertise. It has to be low-risk commercial income; this is low-margin but high-profit.” He said sales were likely to fluctuate as London’s popularity waxed and waned. “Our brand is synonymous with London. You can see our brand rise and fall with London’s popularity and presence in the global market. There is great potential and it could earn significant income and we are confident it can. But we also go with the ups and downs of the capital city.” The international expansion is partly designed to protect its brands from makers of fake products. Ellis said that TfL currently had more than 90 trademark infringement cases globally, and it gets “six or seven warnings a week” from authorities warning of attempts to register TfL trademarks. “We must stop other people trying to benefit from our trademark and assets,” he said. “Also, when you trademark a sign or mark you must use them in those classes or cateogries or you could lose rights to them for not trading. We have spent over 100 years building our assets, we have to protect our brands.” TfL’s global licensing strategy will be unveiled by branding agency TSBA, with which it has struck a five-year deal, at the annual Licensing Expo in Las Vegas later this month. “TfL has a fantastic design heritage with instantly recognisable and loved logos art and vehicles,” said Ian Mallalue, chief executive of TSBA. “This provides us with an opportunity to present London top the world using world-class British design.”
News Article | May 4, 2017
The Summit Group and Creative England fund development of new feemium booking software product -- Cloud-based booking software provider Booking Live (bookinglive.com)will be radically expanding its customer base beyond enterprise-sized firms thanks to £500,000 of funding raised to launch its new freemium version.The funding has been secured from two sources: venture capital firm The Summit Group, who are investing £300,000, and non-profit investors Creative England, who have provided the remaining £200,000.Since 2009 Booking Live has been providing booking software to a growing list of high-profile clients from both the public and private sectors, including Greene King, Sky, Arla, the NHS, Hampshire County Council, Warrington Borough Council, and Transport for London.Booking Live founder and CEO Vinnie Morgan has long had ambitions to offer a free version of his product that would be accessible to any organisation of any size: from SMEs to local voluntary organizations. Thanks to the new funding, this dream will be realized soon, possibly as early as Q3 of 2017.Like other freemium booking products, Booking Live will collect a commission from the customer booking on all tickets sold. Although the pricing model is still being finalised, Booking Live has already committed to charging lower prices than other services currently on the market.Despite Booking Live entering a market with several established players, Morgan is confident Booking Live can quickly establish itself as as an attractive option for organisers. Citing the company's depth of experience in the enterprise-end of the industry, he commented:"Booking Live is not a startup. We're an established, profitable company with a growing customer base among large organisations with complex needs. We will be using that expertise to create the best booking software option for the freemium section of the market."For several years we have collected enormous amounts of data on how organisers and customers use booking software. This is allowing us to design a freemium version that will be exactly right for SMEs and smaller groups. The freemium product will not be exactly the same as the enterprise product, but it will not simply be a stripped down version either. It will be a tailored fit with a huge focus on an intuitive mobile-first and an easy-to-use administration system."Booking Live will continue to provide its current cloud-based booking software product to larger companies and public sector organisations alongside the new freemium product.Morgan explained, "We remain committed to growing our successful enterprise-level business through innovation and great service. We will be using this success as a platform to extend our products to new markets."Visit https://www.bookinglive.com/ for more details.
News Article | April 24, 2017
« A3 by Airbus and AUVSI call for cooperation in developing industry standards for urban air mobility | Main | DOE: US plug-in vehicle sales increased 40% in 2016 to ~160K units » Ford announced five fleets that will participate in the Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van pilot program in London, starting this fall. (Earlier post.) The pilot program is designed to explore how lower-emission plug-in hybrid electric vans could support cleaner air targets, while boosting productivity for operators in urban conditions. The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month pilot of 20 new Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid vans that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of inner-city trips. Equipped with range extenders, the fleet is not limited by battery range, making them capable of the longer journeys that may be required by businesses and police and emergency vehicle services. The participating fleets represent a cross-section of city-based businesses that will integrate the vans into their day-to-day operations including the Metropolitan Police with two Transit Custom plug-in hybrid electric vans: one marked for second response to traffic accidents and one un-marked as a forensic support unit. In addition, Transport for London will use three of the vans for freight duties. The five confirmed fleets: Using a Ford telematics system, each electric plug-in hybrid van will collect data on the vehicles’ financial, operational and environmental performance to help understand how the benefits of electric vehicles could be maximized. Ford will launch the project this fall, working with Transport for London and supported by the UK Government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre. The multi-million dollar project is part of a $4.5-billion Ford investment along with the introduction of 13 new electrified vehicles globally in the next five years. Ford is the UK’s best-selling commercial vehicle brand, with more than 50-years of CV leadership. The Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van is planned for commercial introduction in 2019.
News Article | April 28, 2017
SMi Reports: Leading international sea ports, maritime authorities and technical experts will gather at SMi's forthcoming Port Security Technology 2017 to discuss counter-terrorism measures. London, United Kingdom, April 28, 2017 --( Following this, leading international sea ports, maritime authorities and technical experts will gather at SMi's forthcoming Port Security Technology 2017 conference to provide a very useful ‘heads up’ as to how the problems of terrorism and criminality are handled around the world. Speaking about the 2017 conference - MAROPS’ Managing Director, Chris Jones said, "Whilst technology forms part of the title the event covers the full spectrum of port security in all its many nuances. The wide range of expertise from many international speakers provides a very useful ‘heads up’ as to how the problems of terrorism and criminality are handled around the world. Many useful lessons will be taken back to our own ports." Stephen Reid, Chief Officer, Belfast Harbour Police will provide details insights into the prevailing terror risk at Port of Belfast and what the port is doing to mitigate it. Examine innovative technologies which will drive down physical threats. Susane Nieuwdwrop, Security Coordinator, Port of Rotterdam will explore the Rotterdam approach to traffic monitoring and vessel identification to optimize risk assessment. Identifying key requirements to enhance situational awareness of cargo and ships for the future will also be discussed. Giles Noakes, Head of Security, BIMCO will explain what ports can do to increase cargo safety when arriving at port and when they are the most vulnerable to attack. In addition, there will also be a focused on collaboration with Port Authorities to enhance efficiency in transit Other notable presenters include BIMCO, Belfast Harbour Police, City University London, International Maritime Organisation, London Gateway, Malta Transport Authority, Marine Risk Management, MAROPS, Metropolitan Police Service, Milford Haven Port Authority, Port Authority of Vigo, Port of Long Beach, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Santos - Santos Brazil, Salamanca Group, Transport for London, University Of Warwick. The 8th annual event will also feature an all new exclusive half day post conference workshop on “A Devil’s Advocate Approach to Port Security” hosted by Captain John Dalby, CEO, Marine Risk Management/Globalert Africa, taking place on the 21st June, 2017. The 2-day programme will provide a complete focus on security technology and its importance to the preservation of life and property in ports and at sea as well as enable you to explore the most important topics to date such as cyber resilience, security automation and counter-terrorism. For those looking to attend, there is £100 early bird offer available online ending on 31st May 2017. Further information is available at http://www.portsecuritytechnology.com/prcom 8th Annual Port Security Technology 19th – 20th June 2017 Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London, UK http://www.portsecuritytechnology.com/prcom Media: Contact Theresa Chung on email@example.com Booking: Contact James Hitchen on firstname.lastname@example.org About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, April 28, 2017 --( PR.com )-- As many nations in the world continue to struggle with migrant crisis control and to combat the rising threat of terrorism, greater attention is needed to safeguard exposed sea frontiers. Port facilities will have an important role to play in enhancing security and be the front line of defence.Following this, leading international sea ports, maritime authorities and technical experts will gather at SMi's forthcoming Port Security Technology 2017 conference to provide a very useful ‘heads up’ as to how the problems of terrorism and criminality are handled around the world.Speaking about the 2017 conference - MAROPS’ Managing Director, Chris Jones said, "Whilst technology forms part of the title the event covers the full spectrum of port security in all its many nuances. The wide range of expertise from many international speakers provides a very useful ‘heads up’ as to how the problems of terrorism and criminality are handled around the world. Many useful lessons will be taken back to our own ports."Stephen Reid, Chief Officer, Belfast Harbour Police will provide details insights into the prevailing terror risk at Port of Belfast and what the port is doing to mitigate it. Examine innovative technologies which will drive down physical threats.Susane Nieuwdwrop, Security Coordinator, Port of Rotterdam will explore the Rotterdam approach to traffic monitoring and vessel identification to optimize risk assessment. Identifying key requirements to enhance situational awareness of cargo and ships for the future will also be discussed.Giles Noakes, Head of Security, BIMCO will explain what ports can do to increase cargo safety when arriving at port and when they are the most vulnerable to attack. In addition, there will also be a focused on collaboration with Port Authorities to enhance efficiency in transitOther notable presenters include BIMCO, Belfast Harbour Police, City University London, International Maritime Organisation, London Gateway, Malta Transport Authority, Marine Risk Management, MAROPS, Metropolitan Police Service, Milford Haven Port Authority, Port Authority of Vigo, Port of Long Beach, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Santos - Santos Brazil, Salamanca Group, Transport for London, University Of Warwick.The 8th annual event will also feature an all new exclusive half day post conference workshop on “A Devil’s Advocate Approach to Port Security” hosted by Captain John Dalby, CEO, Marine Risk Management/Globalert Africa, taking place on the 21st June, 2017.The 2-day programme will provide a complete focus on security technology and its importance to the preservation of life and property in ports and at sea as well as enable you to explore the most important topics to date such as cyber resilience, security automation and counter-terrorism.For those looking to attend, there is £100 early bird offer available online ending on 31st May 2017.Further information is available at http://www.portsecuritytechnology.com/prcom8th Annual Port Security Technology19th – 20th June 2017Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London, UKhttp://www.portsecuritytechnology.com/prcomMedia: Contact Theresa Chung on email@example.comBooking: Contact James Hitchen on firstname.lastname@example.orgAbout SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group
News Article | April 28, 2017
Fastned is moving quickly to build its pan-European fast charging network. It has been selected by Transport for London to build up to 300 fast chargers in the greater London area by 2020. Transport For London Selects Fastned For Fast Charging Network In Greater London Area was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 2.18M | Year: 2012
GyroDrive is a game changing hybrid concept for City bus and HGV applications. Despite significant pressure to reduce emissions and improve fuel consumption, the commercial uptake of hybrid buses has been low due the high system cost. Additionally, with a life of up to 20 years, there will be a significant number of diesel buses in service for the forseeable future. The GyrdoDrive consortium will build and prove a novel hybrid system, incorporating an electrically driven flywheel. The system will be less than half the weight of a current hybrid system, and will be small enough to retro fit to an existing bus with no loss of interior space. The system will be developed by Williams Hybrid Power, GKN, and GKN-Evo, with Go Ahead group performing a fleet trial on a number of different bus types to validate the system performance. The consortium expect fuel savings of up to 25%, and expect the system price in production to have a payback period of less than 5 years