The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Most major car manufacturers expect to offer highly or fully automated vehicles by the middle of the next decade. This transport revolution promises to deliver efficiencies with reduced congestion, shared-ownership and safer roads.

Autonomy could also significantly improve air quality and reduce pollution. Join us at this lunchtime briefing to hear from Roland Meister, Head of Autonomous Vehicles at Innovate UK and Tony Meehan, Practice Director Consultancy at Atkins as they explore the opportunities and discuss some of the challenges, from artificial intelligence, infrastructure, testing and validation to safety and cybersecurity.


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  • About Roland Meister

    Roland bridges business and engineering mindsets. His career has spanned many disciplines from Superbikes at Assen to Superyachts of the America’s cup, innovating product and service solutions to meet market pull. Examples included onboard (big) data reduction and high rate wireless sensors for Formula 1, Aviation and for rider safety systems in Moto GP.


    Roland is an Executive MBA from Cambridge University and holds a BEng 1st Motorsport Engineering and Design Hons. In the 2003 F1 season he was Systems Engineer for Giancarlo Fisichella with Jordan Grand Prix and their Ford Cosworth V10.


    His Innovate UK teams focus on improving the UK innovation system to maximise economic impact from academic research, to drive productivity and exports. Accelerating business growth through innovation they have a strong track record of driving the economy by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support open innovation. 


    Roland’s team at Innovate UK have delivered a focused programme of activity in connected and autonomous vehicles on behalf of DfT and C-CAV including the first driverless cars city trials covering 3 large consortia with grant funding of £19m to 38 unique organisations across public, private and 3rd sectors; C-CAV (CAV1) Collaborative Research & Development and Feasibility Studies of 22 projects with grant funding of £25m to 77 organisations; and currently in progress with the latest CAV2, £35m competition.



  • About Tony Meehan

    Tony Meehan leads Atkins‘ Transportation Consultancy Practice.  He has experience of delivering technical consultancy and advisory services and leading multi-disciplinary collaborative teams working across the full breadth of transportation strategy and planning. 

    Tony is Atkins’ framework director for Specialist Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS Framework). Tony has a technical background in transport-related consultancy, enabling him to implement framework management processes and approach to deliver high quality research and advisory services.



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