Smart futures

Smart travel

Together with leading experts, thinkers and decision-makers, Gowling WLG considers the challenges and opportunities facing cities, transport and infrastructure, both today and tomorrow. In the latest roundtable debate in collaboration with the London Transport Museum and Thales, and joined by leading figures within the transport sector, we explored technological change assessing its impact on the journeys we make and how we make them.

As the influence of digital technologies on citizens' transport options and travel choices continue to grow, the landscape of transport and how we travel is developing. Transformative technologies are driving the transport shift and the development of data-lead travel is now going beyond traveller information towards interaction.

The rise in development of new vehicle technologies is leading to cleaner, connected and smarter transport, more integrated with a constantly evolving urban and rural environment. Already, travel is more informed, more immediate through technology usage, but the capacity for development towards a 'smarter' transport future appears limitless. But what challenges does smart travel face? How will disruptive technologies help bridge the gap to a smarter transport reality?

Together with leading experts, thinkers and decision-makers, Gowling WLG considers the challenges and opportunities facing cities, transport and infrastructure, both today and tomorrow. In the latest roundtable debate in collaboration with the London Transport Museum, PwC and Thales, and joined by leading figures within the transport sector, we explored technological change assessing its impact on the journeys we make and how we make them, including:

  • How will digitally-enabled/autonomous vehicles change mobility and travel patterns?
  • How will technology help us determine what infrastructure and transport services are needed?
  • Could advances in vehicle technologies open up new ways of financing transport networks and infrastructure, such as road pricing?; and
  • As cyber threats grow, how can we make the most of new technology while keeping passengers and their data - safe and secure?

Read the report of the 'Smart Travel: How will technological change shape the way we travel?' discussions.

Smart futures report

In early 2019, London Transport Museum in collaboration with PwC, Gowling WLG and Thales UK will publish a report on Smart Futures. In the preceding six months we will host three discussion events, the outcomes of which will inform our research. These events take place on 13 June 2018, 12 July 2018 and October 2018. A half day workshop will be held in November during which some of the key themes that emerged from the discussions will be explored in more detail.