About this event

  • Date and time Thu 17 Nov 2022 from 10:45am to 3:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

Automated vehicles have long been promised but how close are we to being able to board a vehicle with no steering wheel? In this talk, Professor Nick Reed will discuss the history of automated vehicles, dating back to the mid-20th century, and consider some of the reasons why this technology has been pursued and some of the challenges that have hampered its implementation. He will then discuss some of the current and upcoming activities in the sector and ask the audience to decide whether they are truly the future of transportation or whether they will always be so.

This event is available to attend in person or virtually. Please select your preference below.

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Key speakers

Professor Nick Reed

Founder, Reed Mobility

Speaker's biography

Professor Nick Reed has worked consistently at the cutting edge of transportation research, initially researching driver behaviour and subsequently leading connected and automated vehicle projects in the UK to the value of more than £50m. Professor Nick Reed was Academy Director at TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) before becoming Head of Mobility R&D at Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier. He has since founded Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility working across public, private and academic sectors to deliver transport systems that are safe, clean, efficient, ethical and equitable and including projects for the European Commission, DfT, TfL, BSI and RSSB. In November 2021, he was appointed as the first-ever Chief Road Safety Advisor to National Highways, providing review and challenge to the organisation in its aim to deliver zero harm on the strategic road network by 2040.


View the programme (In person)

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Self-Driving Cars - Are we nearly there yet?

Professor Nick Reed

Questions and answers
Close of meeting

Followed by lunch for those who have pre-registered

View the programme (Virtual)

Welcome and introduction
Self-Driving Cars - Are we nearly there yet?

Professor Nick Reed

Questions and answers
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 17 November 2022 at 8:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

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