Automotive & Transport SIG ‘The Road to Autonomous Vehicles’

Automotive & Transport SIG
‘The Road to Autonomous Vehicles’
2nd December 2014
Sponsored by Rohde & Schwarz UK
Hosted by
in association with
This SIG is championed by Andrew Ashby of Plextek Consulting, Tom Blackie of RealVNC,
John Okas of Real Wireless and Nigel Wall of Climate Associates
Venue: Silverstone UTC, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TL
Registration & Networking over lunch
Introduction to the Automotive & Transport SIG from John Okas, Real Wireless
Welcome from our hosts, Roz Bird, Commercial Director of MEPC, Silverstone Park and Neil
Patterson of Silverstone UTC
‘RF Technologies in self-driving cars - why testing in real-world scenarios is so important’
Welcome and talk from the sponsor, Christoph Wagner, Automotive Market Segment Manager, Rohde
& Schwarz
On the way to self-driving cars different technologies like automotive radar and car2car communication
will work hand-in-hand to make this dream come true. The use of multiple technologies will improve
driving safety, but it also creates challenges for car designers and their suppliers. How can we ensure
that all these technologies work together as expected?
Session chaired by SIG Champion, Andrew Ashby, Plextek Consulting
‘The role of wireless network service providers in delivering the benefits of autonomous vehicles’
Paul Copping, Smart City Consultant, Digital Greenwich
The most significant economic benefits of autonomous vehicles (including on demand services, close
following, smart parking and route selection) are derived from enabling wireless applications. What risks
and rewards will be attributable to the wireless networks service provider? What are the implications for
service level agreements, cyber security, regulation and insurance?
‘Vulnerabilities in positioning systems’
Bob Cockshott, PNT Lead, Knowledge Transfer Network
Autonomous vehicles hold enormous promise, but depend on robust position, navigation and timing
systems. These can have serious vulnerabilities which may not be severe in advisory systems such as
GPS-based turn-by-turn navigation, but could be catastrophic in safety-critical systems. For example,
cheap and powerful GPS jammers are readily available and are known to be in use in vehicles. This talk
highlights some of the weaknesses and possible mitigation strategies.
‘How cloud-based systems and machine-driven big data can contribute to the development of
autonomous vehicles’
David Fidalgo, Senior Business Development Manager, Altran
Autonomous vehicles are one of the biggest trends in the Automotive industries these days; the race to
provide the best systems and to achieve a market niche is forcing the OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to think
of alternative ways to develop such systems faster. The main challenge they have is the storage and
post-processing required to develop autonomous features. The utilisation of the cloud and the ability to
develop post-processing algorithms to manage the data in real time prove a huge advantage in the
development and validation of these features.
Refreshments & Networking
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Session chaired by SIG Champion, Nigel Wall, Climate Associates
‘Securing V2X’
Paul Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Plextek Consulting
V2X communication promises to enable substantial benefits for the automotive and transport industry
and infrastructure. It also brings new challenges to securing V2X which go far beyond authenticating and
encrypting the communications pathways. Learning from the IT industry, this talk presents what needs to
be protected and suggests key approaches to increase the overall security of V2X.
‘Autonomous vehicles - the legal crossroads where technology intersects with the law’
Peter Lee, Solicitor and Rhys Williams, Partner, Taylor Vinters
Greater adoption of autonomous vehicles will bring with it significant legal challenges on a national and
international basis. Understanding how both criminal and civil law will and should apply to driverless cars
is a key element to ensuring the early and successful adoption of the underlying technology.
Panel Session with all speakers, chaired by SIG Champion, Tom Blackie, RealVNC
Closing Remarks
Event Closes
With the permission of the speakers, presentations will be loaded to the CW website on the day following the event
Profile of Organisers
Cambridge Wireless (CW)
CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of
wireless & mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With 400 members from major network
operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration,
harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW's 19 Special
Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with their peers, track the
latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key market sectors. CW also
organises the annual Future of Wireless International Conference and Discovering Start-Ups Competition along with
other high-quality industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW
partners with other international industry clusters and organisations to extend its reach and remain at the forefront of
global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit
Profiles of Hosts
Silverstone University Technical College (UTC)
Silverstone UTC, which opened in September 2013, is a brand new centre of excellence for young people wanting to
break into the specialist fields of High Performance Engineering or Business & Technical Events Management. It is
based in the very heart of British Motorsport, at the Silverstone Circuit, in a stunning new multi-million pound facility. Its
students gain qualifications relevant to their specialisms alongside other relevant either GCSEs or ALevels. Uniquely,
the education is delivered in partnership with prestigious employers who contextualise the subject, bringing it alive for
the students. Silverstone UTC is one of about 30 in the country, with more set to open each year, each of them serving
the needs of regional industry. For more information, please visit
MEPC Silverstone Park
Working with our partners in the UK’s high-performance technology and motorsport cluster, located in and around
Silverstone Park, MEPC will create a global destination for engineering, innovation and business development.
With 2.4m sq ft of planning consent the business community is set to grow at this profile-raising location. MEPC is
investing in order to create a high-quality environment and offer flexible property options to meet a companies’ needs
now and in the future. For more information please visit:
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Profile of Sponsor
Rohde & Schwarz UK
Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd has been the UK subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz GmBH for 40 years. Based in Fleet, RSUK
employs 105 people to provide dedicated sales, services and support to customers across the UK and Ireland. Rohde
& Schwarz has designed and manufactured the highest-quality specialist products in Germany for 77 years across a
wide range of technologies and industries, including wireless, broadcast, aerospace, defence and security markets.
For more information please visit
Profiles of SIG Champions
Andrew Ashby, Plextek Consulting
Graduated in Electronic Engineering, Andrew Ashby has spent over 20 years in blue chip major semiconductor
manufacturers in Field Applications, Account Management, Global Sales and Business Development roles. Since then
he has held the sales director role in a Cambridge based technology start-up company and now heads up strategic
accounts and new business development activities in the automotive and transport sectors for Cambridge based
Plextek Consulting. In this role Andrew is responsible for bringing together innovators, T1s and OEMs, to deliver both
innovative solutions and established methods and capabilities from other industry sectors, into the automotive supply
chain. For more information please visit
Tom Blackie, RealVNC
Since joining RealVNC in 2009 Tom has lead the mobile division pioneering integration of phones with in-vehicle
systems. Prior to RealVNC Tom held executive positions in a number of technology companies providing revolutionary
wireless and software products. Including Head of Operations at the Olivetti and Oracle Research Laboratory;
Founder and VP Engineering at NASDAQ listed Adaptive Broadband; Managing Director of Audentify (a division of
Autonomy Systems PLC); and COO at AIM listed Ubisense. Tom graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
from Napier Edinburgh and holds an MBA from Ashridge Business School.
For more information please visit
John Okas, Real Wireless
John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in
engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business
Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D
Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems. Then as Managing
Director - Telecommunications he was responsible for growing NTL’s wireless business and entering the fixed
telecommunications and satellite services markets. Moving to Pell Frischmann the consulting engineers, he started a
telecommunications business and was involved in several large transportation projects including the Highways
Agency’s NRTS Project which updated the motorway communication systems. Currently he operates as an
independent consultant covering technical, commercial and product strategies. He works with other consultancies
including Real Wireless, the independent wireless experts, who develop strategy, policy and practical solutions. John
has a close interest in the IoT/M2M market within the transport sector; he worked with the Weightless SIG at its
formation to help identify market requirements. For more information please visit
Nigel Wall, Climate Associates
Nigel Wall is an independent system engineering consultant and Director of Climate Associates Ltd: CAL helps
organisations optimise ICT system design based on understanding the whole life carbon footprint cost of deploying
innovative ICT technology compared to using current systems. Climate Associates are leading work with ITU-T SG5
and ETSI in standardising the analysis and in determining best practice. Nigel is also involved with Intelligent
Transport Systems – "connected cars" he is the Chair of the ITS UK Communications SIG and the Land Navigation &
Location Group at the Royal Institute of Navigation. For more information visit
Profiles of Speakers
Christoph Wagner, Automotive Market Segment Manager, Rohde & Schwarz
Christoph heads business development for the automotive market segment at Rohde & Schwarz in Munich. Before
that he was regional manager for test and measurement, specialising in micro and millimeter-wave measurements.
Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz in 2004, Christoph held positions at the major mobile network infrastructure
providers in installation and project management.
He holds a Telecommunication Technologies degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and in
Copenhagen and a MBA from the University of Wales. For more information please visit
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Paul Copping, Smart City Consultant , Digital Greenwich
Paul Copping is a Smart City Consultant at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, supporting innovation strategy and
convergent urban management systems with the "Digital Greenwich" team. Digital Greenwich is particularly interested
in providing an urban test bed for autonomous vehicles. Paul previously worked at TRL Ltd - the Transport Research
Laboratory - on new technologies and emerging markets . His earlier career was in telecoms/software marketing and
corporate development with Nortel, BT, Toshiba and ICL. He has an MBA in Marketing and an MA in Spanish and
French. For more information please visit
Bob Cockshott, PNT Lead, Knowledge Transfer Network
Bob is PNT Lead in Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Network, which facilitates knowledge exchange to promote
economic growth. Bob has specialised knowledge transfer in positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) for over 8 years,
and has organised internationally renowned conferences on PNT vulnerability. Before working in knowledge transfer,
Bob spent many years as a systems engineer and project manager in the space industry, developing electro-optical
and RF payload instrumentation. For more information, please visit
David Fidalgo, Automotive Development Manager, Altran
David Fidalgo, 33, has expertise in all aspects of automotive embedded and critical systems engineering – from
research to production, including the management of technological and engineering requirements to the
implementation and delivery of automotive applications. In his current role, David manages Altran’s global relationship
with Jaguar Land Rover and is also responsible for developing new business for Altran with other automotive sector
He began his career with JLR, working initially in their Product Definition team, which is responsible for platform
structures and PLM strategy, before moving to the Hybrid and Electric team, where he held a range of technical and
business roles, helping to define JLR’s hybrid and electric vehicle strategy and leading the verification and validation of
new technologies.
Prior to joining Altran, David also launched two start-up companies, one providing marketing strategy and branding
services, the other an engineering consultancy. He also developed and ran a number of catering and event
managements companies in Spain.
David holds an MSc in Automotive Product Engineering from Cranfield University and recently began studying for an
MBA at Warwick University. For more information, please visit
Paul Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Plextek
Paul joined Plextek Consulting in 2011 and was rapidly appointed Chief Technology Officer. Paul has led Plextek to
be recognised in the top 5 defence innovators in the UK across a wide range of technologies ranging from signal
processing to navigation and cyber. Before joining Plextek, Paul was Technical Director for one of the Cobham Group
of companies. Paul obtained his Doctorate in Communications Engineering from the University of Bristol and is a
Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Paul has led the creation of world first technologies including bespoke radio interface, management and security
protocols for the world’s first mass deployed Fixed Wireless Access technology. For this he acted as the Worldwide
Technical Authority and managed the transfer of the technology to a volume manufacturer. Paul also led the
integration of novel 3G technologies into advanced system designs ranging from new RF power amplifier architectures
through to the first integration of system management incorporating both IT and cellular telecommunications domains.
Paul led the development of a world first high density 2G/3G base station creating a new market for this technology
and managed the introduction and volume manufacture of the complete product suite. The technology was sold to a
FTSE 100 company and remains in volume production. Paul has led the creation of 15 patents. Recent consultancy
engagements include development of novel vehicle navigation concepts for through to vehicle accident reconstruction
technology. For more information, please visit
Peter Lee, Solicitor, Taylor Vinters
Peter Lee is a recognised practitioner of autonomous vehicle law. He has spoken at many international conferences
on the use of autonomous vehicles and drones; he appears as a subject matter expert in the national and international
press, recently for example he has been interviewed on BBC One Breakfast and has appeared in Wired magazine and
the Financial Times. He has authored various industry and legal commentary publications and has also been invited to
give oral evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on the legal aspects of commercial drone use.
Rhys Williams, Partner, Taylor Vinters
Rhys Williams is a partner in the Commercial Technology team at Taylor Vinters. He has specialised for over 20 years
in advising technology and telecoms companies on their legal and regulatory rights and obligations during which time
he has worked on the introduction and implementation of a large number of new technologies.
For more information please visit
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