ITS Ireland were pleased to sponsor the successful CAV Ireland workshop on Cooperative, Connected and Autonomous Mobility (CCAM) Opportunities for Ireland which was held in the Oakwood Hotel, Shannon on 4th November. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together stakeholders from across industry, academia, research, transport authorities and support agencies to discuss and promote CCAM progress in Ireland.
John Davis provided the welcoming address on behalf of ITS Ireland. John also informed delegates that plans to initiate a formal CAV Ireland Cluster, coordinated by University Limerick and ITS Ireland, were delayed by the recent pandemic but will hopefully gather pace in the near future.
This was followed by a series of presentations whereby:
- Bob Flynn from Enterprise Ireland and Marzena Jougounoux from the CCAM Association presented on Horizon Europe Updates [see presentation] and the EU CCAM Partnership [see presentation].
- Joe Gibbs from Lero provided a progress update on the SFI-funded Blended Autonomous Vehicle Spoke research project [see presentation].
- Russell Vickers, CEO of Future Mobility Campus Ireland provided a progress update on the implementation of Ireland’s first CAV testbed.
Participants then engaged in a structured networking exercise followed by a networking lunch.
CCAM offers enormous opportunities to create a more user-centered and inclusive mobility system, improve road safety, reduce emissions, and ease congestion, ultimately providing significant socio-economic benefits to Ireland.
This CCAM workshop clearly highlighted that Ireland has a vibrant CCAM ecosystem and that all stakeholders are supportive of strengthening that ecosystem through collaboration to ensure that the full benefits of CCAM can be achieved.