Transport host ITS events
The Transport Operations Research Group in partnership with ITS UK, hosted three events in four days from 28th June to 1st July 2011.
On 28th June the Low Carbon Working Group (which is part of ITS UK’s Smart Environment Interest Group, which is chaired by Professor Margaret Bell) met in Newcastle with more than 50 National and International participants. On the 30th June Prof Phil Blythe hosted the ITS UK Electric Vehicle Working Group with experts from around the UK – the meeting identified future research priorities for the group and also heard an update on the SWITCH-EV project which is monitoring and evaluating 44 electric vehicles under trial in the NE of England under the TSB-funded Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle project. Finally on the 1st July Newcastle University hosted the first ‘ITS on your doorstep’ event which is aimed at introducing local authorities and industry to the ITS sector and the significant expertise that resides in the North east of England in this sector.
The transport team presented and exhibited research on Smartcards (Yorcard and EU Smart); older drivers (SiDE); and electric vehicles trials (Switch-EV and Smart-Move).