Back to work with an inspiring event

This year’s Cenex-Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) event  in early September included a section on Connected Automated Mobility (CAM) for the first time, making it a must-be-there occasion for me! I was at the very first Cenex-LCV in 2007, when I was working as Marketing Manager for Modec, along with a hundred or so other delegates. This year the number of attendees had rocketed to over 6,000,...

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Bursting with pride!

This week I was honoured to receive public recognition of my work in the mobility sector. A former colleague nominated me for the 2019 Autocar 100 Great British Women awards, which celebrate the UK’s female rising stars of the automotive industry. The event and awards ceremony, held on 19 June in central London (coincidentally co-sponsored by one of my previous employers, SMMT!) featured some...

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Will MaaS ever become a reality?

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a hot topic – we’ve seen several companies trial MaaS offerings with mixed success – but will it really work in the UK? And could there be a model which works equally well both in and outside London? The idea of MaaS is that people wishing to travel from A to B will be able to plan, book and pay for their entire journey via a single app or booking platform....

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mVentures launch generates huge interest

Earlier this year, Addison Lee Group asked me to head up its new mobility innovation arm, called mVentures, which was set up to help other players in the field of mobility – from start-ups to established global auto manufacturers – bring their ideas, products or services to market. Addison Lee already has the platform, expertise and algorithms to deliver passenger services at a premium level on...

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The learning curves that lie ahead

We’ve come such a long way in the last few years and are getting close to the point where connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology is part of our daily lives – but there are several ‘surrounding’ challenges that will have to be resolved before passenger services can use this technology . Passenger trials using autonomous vehicles begin next year with a view to commercial roll-out in...

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Do “we become what we behold”?

That was William Blake’s opinion, and this month I’ve been involved in two events which have led me to reflect on the impact our environment has on us and on how we behave. Firstly, there was MOVE 2019, held in the UK for the first time, where I was a speaker on the panel (right) discussing The Future of Fleets. This two-day conference drew together an incredibly forward-thinking, international...

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2019 – bring it on! So many cutting edge projects coming up . . .

EQ+iQ’s third year kicks off with another 12-month contract signed with Addison Lee and work with two other clients, looking at Mobility as a Service, understanding the UK market and driving mobility innovation. Having helped Addison Lee to secure two part-funded Government projects last year (two out of three projects chosen from a short list of eight), Catherine is now working to mobilise the...

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EQ+iQ turns two!

It’s EQ+iQ’s second birthday this month, which makes it a perfect time to reflect on another thoroughly rewarding, exciting and fulfilling year. The highlight of 2018 was undoubtedly the super-successful conclusion in July of the MERGE Greenwich project. Its final report summarised the potential impact of AV ride-sharing services on cities, businesses and customers. The lead for this project,...

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Win-win for Addison Lee

In what’s seen as a major new departure for the UK Government, Addison Lee has just been awarded not one but two projects in the fourth ‘competition’ for funding in the field of autonomous vehicle technology and deployment. In my 12-year experience of the automotive industry, the UK Government has been keen not to put all its eggs in one basket but to spread its bets by awarding several small...

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Making MaaS real: what needs to happen?

This month I had the privilege of chairing a session at Smarter Travel LIVE! to try and find some answers to this burning question. This gathering is a regular meeting place for Europe’s integrated transport and intelligent mobility community, and was held in Liverpool this time. Contributors to my ‘Mobility as a Service’ session included representatives* from a local authority, simulation...

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