In the automotive sector, there’s a whole circuit of conferences that seek to bring together leading stakeholders in the most exciting technology fields in the industry, from connected vehicles to sensors for automated driving. Often these conferences focus on one specific domain or audience. MOVE 2019 was different, bringing together a vast cross-section of the various sectors under the umbrella of mobility.
Exploring the mobility microcosm
Hosted at London’s ExCel, MOVE 2019 brought together everyone from micro-mobility startups to governments and global automakers in a microcosm of the bustling mobility industry. Autonomous vehicles were a huge part of the show, so naturally, the Level Five Supplies team wanted to make sure we could be a part of this new forum on mobility.
The packed plenaries kicked off with talks from some of the biggest and fastest-growing names in mobility, including Bird, Daimler, Rimac, BCG and KMPG, before the conference split into a series of tracks, spanning business models, infrastructure, supply chains, cycling & active mobility, smart cities, tech, data & innovation, auto futures, charging, and autonomous vehicles.
A glimpse into an autonomous future
The autonomous vehicles track saw some of the most hyped startups in the field present their vision for an autonomous mobility service, including FiveAI, Ridecell, Oxbotica, Easymile, Drive.ai and Voyage – plus a special appearance from Level Five Supplies’ very own Alex Lawrence-Berkeley. Watching all these ambitious visions presented in the field, it’s easy to see why the autonomous revolution continues to attract such interest from the public, media and industry.
Throughout the conference, the Level Five team also dipped into other tracks and found automated driving continuing to make waves in other domains. Growing adoption of autonomous driving will have a considerable impact on infrastructure, business models, public policy, data and more.
The team also met with numerous suppliers and potential customers at the event, the company’s first of 2019.
At a time when industry forecasters are claiming we’ve reached ‘peak car ownership’, the mobility sector is exploding. MOVE 2019 was a great opportunity to survey the breadth of this field. The consistent buzz around autonomous driving at the show reminded delegates just how vital the development of self-driving cars is to the success of the industry.
Catch us again in March when the team will be attending the Robotics and AI Showcase in Manchester.