Highways Voices

Paul Hutton

Speaking to the leaders in the highways and transport technology industries, plus catching up with the top stories from the daily newsletters from Highways-News.com.

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Maximising eCall value, intersection safety and the future of MaaS on a bonus Highways Voices podcast from LA
Sep 27 2022
Maximising eCall value, intersection safety and the future of MaaS on a bonus Highways Voices podcast from LA
Highways News brought you daily podcasts from the 2022 ITS World Congress in Los Angeles, and now here’s one final podcast featuring content we couldn’t fit into the daily programmes.  In today’s show, sponsored by   (GEWI),  (SWARCO),  (Nota AI),  (one.network) and  (Navtech Radar), you’ll hear an explanation of a revolutionary new way of maximising the value of eCall, why MaaS is still relevant, and how LIDAR can deliver solutions for intersection safety and traffic counting.  Talking eCall, Danny Woolard, one of the founders of VESOS, explains, “I think one of the one of the things that we identified following the work we did for in the was very much that there was a very big education piece missing. Now to be fair on national highways, they've done a lot. They've run campaigns, we've been working with them, helping them build those campaigns to get that message across. But there is still a problem, that the value chain particularly at the automotive side, and particularly the dealership side has no idea how you know how it works, what what its real value is.” Mr Woolard explains the value of eCall in giving emergency services details about a collision, from vehicle type, including whether it is an electric vehicle, to how bad the situation might be. After this, Andy Taylor of Cubic, who is one of the world’s leading experts on Mobility as a Service, explains why the concept remains relevant. “It's still happening. If you look at the headlines, there are more and more companies who are folding, and I'm getting phone calls all the time from different organisations saying, ‘Would you be interested in acquisition?’ Now that's come about because of COVID. There's the reduction in ridership, but because of COVID, as well, this has actually helped mobility as a service in the long run - cities have had their services decimated, and it's been absolutely tragic to see the reduction in ridership - but at the same time agencies are now looking at, with the limited funds that they have, how can they build back a more flexible, resilient network that is available for all of the citizens within the city?” You’ll also hear about solutions from Aeye and Ouster, two companies new to Highways News who were exhibiting at the event. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on  (Apple Podcasts,)  (Spotify),  (Amazon Music),  (Google Podcasts) or  (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Maximising eCall value, intersection safety and the future of MaaS on a bonus Highways Voices podcast from LA
Sep 27 2022
Maximising eCall value, intersection safety and the future of MaaS on a bonus Highways Voices podcast from LA
Highways News brought you daily podcasts from the 2022 ITS World Congress in Los Angeles, and now here’s one final podcast featuring content we couldn’t fit into the daily programmes.  In today’s show, sponsored by   (GEWI),  (SWARCO),  (Nota AI),  (one.network) and  (Navtech Radar), you’ll hear an explanation of a revolutionary new way of maximising the value of eCall, why MaaS is still relevant, and how LIDAR can deliver solutions for intersection safety and traffic counting.  Talking eCall, Danny Woolard, one of the founders of VESOS, explains, “I think one of the one of the things that we identified following the work we did for in the was very much that there was a very big education piece missing. Now to be fair on national highways, they've done a lot. They've run campaigns, we've been working with them, helping them build those campaigns to get that message across. But there is still a problem, that the value chain particularly at the automotive side, and particularly the dealership side has no idea how you know how it works, what what its real value is.” Mr Woolard explains the value of eCall in giving emergency services details about a collision, from vehicle type, including whether it is an electric vehicle, to how bad the situation might be. After this, Andy Taylor of Cubic, who is one of the world’s leading experts on Mobility as a Service, explains why the concept remains relevant. “It's still happening. If you look at the headlines, there are more and more companies who are folding, and I'm getting phone calls all the time from different organisations saying, ‘Would you be interested in acquisition?’ Now that's come about because of COVID. There's the reduction in ridership, but because of COVID, as well, this has actually helped mobility as a service in the long run - cities have had their services decimated, and it's been absolutely tragic to see the reduction in ridership - but at the same time agencies are now looking at, with the limited funds that they have, how can they build back a more flexible, resilient network that is available for all of the citizens within the city?” You’ll also hear about solutions from Aeye and Ouster, two companies new to Highways News who were exhibiting at the event. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on  (Apple Podcasts,)  (Spotify),  (Amazon Music),  (Google Podcasts) or  (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Highways Voices from the ITS World Congress in LA thanks to GEWI, SWARCO, Nota AI, Navtech Radar and one.network
Sep 17 2022
Highways Voices from the ITS World Congress in LA thanks to GEWI, SWARCO, Nota AI, Navtech Radar and one.network
We look ahead to Monday at the ITS World Congress on today’s Highways Voices from Los Angeles. In the podcast we hear Professor Eric Sampson’s comments on the main topics being discussed in the sessions, including an international forum on sustainability and resiliency, with mobility network management, moving transit to zero emissions. And a number of special interest sessions that have caught his eye. All our podcasts for the World Congress are thanks to the generous support of our sponsors  (GEWI),  (SWARCO),  (Nota AI),  (one.network) and  (Navtech Radar), all of whom you can meet in LA. Danny Woolard from GEWI discusses a new software solution that seamlessly co-ordinates workzones, from permit through conflict awareness to traveller information, and we chat European issues with ERTICO CEO Joost Vantomme. We meet three exhibitors on the UK Pavilion and UK visitor Alastair King of Clearview Intelligence gives a first impression of the event. We also look at things to do here in LA that aren’t ITS with our local expert, British ex pat Alan Clelland of ITS consultancy DKS Associates with great places to eat here in the city. This podcast is published a day early as the beginning of the event coincides with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II… Many UK, Canadian and Australian visitors will be gathering in the early hours of Monday morning in LA to watch the funeral, and the UK pavilion won’t be opening until the afternoon.
Highways Voices ITS World Congress preview
Sep 7 2022
Highways Voices ITS World Congress preview
With fewer than two weeks to the start of the 2022 ITS World Congress, Highways Voices looks ahead to the World Congress by finding out about the key themes of the event, hears from exhibitors and gives you an idea of some things to do when you're in Los Angeles. Highways Voices will be reporting every day at the event with fresh podcasts for you that will be of interest if you're in LA or if you're at home and wanting to find out what is happening at this major event. "I think the first thing I want to say is it's going to be big," explains our guide to the Congress, Professor Eric Sampson who has been to every single World Congress. "it's going to be big for two reasons. There hasn't been a World Congress in the United States, as opposed to North America, since 2014. And it's clear from the rest of the registrations, there's a big pent up demand. The other reason it's going to be big is that it's in Los Angeles, California, a city known for cars - famous for congestion. It's also got some politicians who are being very forward looking in how to solve it. It's got the Olympics coming in 2028, and they've got a programme of 28 big transport linked projects to address the Olympics." Professor Sampson talks about how the Congress looks at delivering transport for all, and how technology can deliver the solution, and what politicians should see when they are there. He'll be your trusted guide to the whole event discussing the key themes every day. Meanwhile Richard Neumann of SWARCO talks about the new branding for its subsidiary McCain, SWARCO My City and a new solution for vulnerable road users, while sticking with vulnerable road users, Haejin Lee of Nota AI discusses spotting crashes before they happen and Danny Woolard of GEWI talks traffic information for bicycles. Then you hear our guide to LA, Alan Clelland of DKS Associates giving ideas for what to do with your downtime in that great city. All our podcasts for the World Congress are thanks to the generous support of our sponsors  (GEWI),  (SWARCO),  (Nota AI), (one.network) and  (Navtech Radar), all of whom you can meet in LA.
Highways Voices 13 July - Steve Elderkin of National Highways
Jul 12 2022
Highways Voices 13 July - Steve Elderkin of National Highways
“There's something like 46 action plans now, across the company, I'm really clear that what we can't do is have a big central team that is delivering on carbon, and everyone else carries on working as they did before,” explains National Highways’ Director of Environmental Sustainability Steve Elderkin on this week’s Highways Voices podcast. “Carbon needs to become part of everyone's role and everyone's decision making. So my team are going to remain pretty small actions are going to be owned across the business, and if we deliver against the commitments in the plan, then we will deliver the carbon reductions that we need to.” Mr Elderkin took on this role at the beginning of the year, with a remit to lead the implementation of National Highways Net Zero Plan and Environmental Strategy, connecting the country sustainably. He gave a wide-ranging interview on the podcast, telling Adrian Tatum that, “All of our governance decisions, needs to be thinking about not just financial affordability, but carbon affordability. and decision makers need to have good carbon information in front of them. But also for partners and contractors, they need to have the understanding of where the carbon is coming from, which parts of their design are carbon intensive, so that they can target their efforts to find alternative, lower carbon ways of delivering the benefits from the projects.” The interview features discussions about connected vehicles, the supply chain’s role in carbon reduction and how we need to rethink the way roads are actually built. “If we cannot rise to the challenge of constructing and operating our roads in a net zero carbon way, then we're not going to have a lot of call for construction jobs,” adds Mr Elderkin, “and so the success and the vibrancy of the sector relies on us working together.” You’ll also hear news about events from our podcast partners ITS (UK) and the Transport Technology Forum, details of a successful LCRIG Innovation Festival and a warning from ADEPT, as well as why Marlborough Highways wins this week’s “Adrian’s Accolade”.
Highways Voices 22 June – Fixing rural mobility with WSP
Jun 22 2022
Highways Voices 22 June – Fixing rural mobility with WSP
Understanding the needs of rural communities is a vital part in planning an effective rural mobility strategy. These are the thoughts of Peter Ramsey, Associate Director for future mobility at WSP, our guest on this week’s Highways Voices.  In it, we explore:  why rural mobility is essential to meet Net Zero targets and grow local economies – by reducing car dependency and providing people greater access to local jobs, essential services, and economic centres of activity. Also, we discover how greater rural connectivity can be achieved, through cross-sector collaboration, local council engagement, and planning reform WSP has recently been appointed to design the first ever rural mobility strategy at the sub-national level for the South-West of England, with Peninsula Transport and Western Gateway sub-national transport bodies. “Our starting point hasn't just been around the issues that we find there is understanding the different people who live there. We had to take a deeper dive into the understanding of all those issues.” Last year, WSP published its ’30-minute Rural Community’ research report which reflects on the key issues rural areas can face, such as social isolation and lacking employment opportunities, and solutions to this making our rural communities more prosperous and sustainable. “We have studied all those different communities to better understand that network of settlements and communities and how they might work better together so a range of publicly available mobility, whether that be public transport, shared cycles can be the choice, not just focusing on private car use but improving mobility for a wider range of people, particularly those who don't have access to a car,” added Mr Ramsey. Last month, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rural Powerhouse said that  (inadequate rural infrastructure costs the UK economy £43bn per year). In today's podcast you'll also hear our partner news with (details of a new survey) to help create Digital Roads for Local Roads, the categories for the (ITS (UK) Awards), more about (LCRIG's Innovation Festival) and the thoughts of the new (ADEPT) President Mark Kemp.
Highways Voices 15 June – Sarah Sharples at the TTF Conference
Jun 15 2022
Highways Voices 15 June – Sarah Sharples at the TTF Conference
"I think when it was first brought in as a role to government departments, the Chief Scientific Adviser was expected to be the wise expert who knew everything about science," says the Department for Transport's Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sarah Sharples on this week's Highways Voices podcast. "I hope I don't disappoint you, I don't know everything about science," she went on, "But what my job is to do is to make those connections between people who do have that deep knowledge and embedded in the work of the department. So I'm going to talk a little bit about the role of science and technology within the department." This week's main audio on this week's Highways Voices is Prof Sharples' speech at the Transport Technology Forum in Liverpool last month that is so good, it's worth hearing in full. In the address she talks about how technology is crucial in delivering the transport networks of the future, how “We are seeing evolution and revolution in transport," and that the priorities are environment, improving transport for the user, global impacts, and levelling up and growing the economy. Hear the whole address, plus news from our partners, why Transport for Wales win this week's "Adrian's Accolade" and the reunion of hosts Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum, meeting up in person for the first time in more than two years, and for the first time since they set up Highways News! Follow Highways News on  (Twitter),  (LinkedIn) and  (subscribe to our daily newsletter here). Links: (LCRIG website) (ITS (UK) website) (TTF website) (Adept website)
Highways Voices 18 May - Chris Boardman of Active Travel England
May 25 2022
Highways Voices 18 May - Chris Boardman of Active Travel England
"I started with an outcome of what do we want the places we live to be like, what do we want that to be for our families and our kids, and then what do we need to get people there - and easy is the is the first word. It's got to be easy." The words of Chris Boardman MBE, Interim Commissioner at Active Travel England and the main voice on this week's Highways Voices podcast, in conversation at last week's Transport Technology Forum conference in Liverpool, with Anthony Ferguson of the Department for Transport. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on  (Apple Podcasts,)  (Spotify),  (Amazon Music),  (Google Podcasts) or  (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode! In the fascinating chat, Mr Boardman talks about getting people out of their cars safely, and making it easy for people to walk and cycle. "Amsterdam's 408 miles from where we're sitting now - same climate," he says. "60% of kids get to school under their own steam, largely largely riding bikes... and they do that every day. And that's just normal 408 miles from here. That's just normal. And we asked the question, wouldn't you want that for your kids?" Hear how Mr Boardman plans to make it happen for kids, and adults across the country. You'll also hear news from our partners including an expanded ITS (UK) Awards, and why that's the winner of Adrian's Accolade this week, plus there's news from the Highways News website. Note - in Mr Boardman's chat, he uses the word sh*t. Please don't listen if you or someone nearby may be offended by that. Follow Highways News on  (Twitter),  (LinkedIn) and  (subscribe to our daily newsletter here). Links: (LCRIG website) (ITS (UK) website) (TTF website) (Adept website)
Highways Voices 11 May - using traffic flow to generate electricity with Alpha 311
May 11 2022
Highways Voices 11 May - using traffic flow to generate electricity with Alpha 311
Subscribe to Highways Voices free on  (Apple Podcasts,)  (Spotify),  (Amazon Music),  (Google Podcasts) or  (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode! It’s a world first this week on Highways Voices. We delve deeper into the story behind the world’s first roadside deployment of wind turbines on Telford & Wrekin’s network, with the company who developed the technology Alpha 311. Its Chief Executive Officer, Barry Thompson, told us the business model has been created so local authorities can generate revenue from the electricity generated from the turbines. He said: “We are starting to see a huge possibility with regards to utilising the road infrastructure as a revenue generator. For example, we are talking to another council in the north that want to look at generating the energy from the turbines for electric vehicle charging. Councils need to look at every possible opportunity with regards to how they can help fund the road network or use the energy generated in local communities and there is obviously a strong carbon reduction element which everyone is searching for.” The turbine turns in low wind speeds, and can not only power the street lights, but will also produce surplus energy that Telford & Wrekin Council can use for local amenities or sell to utility partners to generate a secondary revenue stream. Installation begins later in the year, and the scheme could include up to 181 turbines delivered to the council. Telford & Wrekin Council has 20,000 lighting columns, and these 181 turbines will render them all carbon neutral, which goes some way to helping the council meet its climate goals. Find out all about this on this week’s Highways Voices, where you’ll also hear news from podcast partners ADEPT, LCRIG, Transport Technology Forum and ITS (UK) plus why Yunex Traffic wins this week’s “Adrian’s Accolade”. Follow Highways News on  (Twitter),  (LinkedIn) and  (subscribe to our daily newsletter here). Links: (LCRIG website) (ITS (UK) Website) (Details of TTF Conference) (Adept website)
Highways Voices 5 May – SWARCO CEO Michael Schuch
May 5 2022
Highways Voices 5 May – SWARCO CEO Michael Schuch
Subscribe to Highways Voices free on  (Apple Podcasts,)  (Spotify),  (Amazon Music),  (Google Podcasts) or  (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode! "When we started designing our new modern mobility management system... we started by interviewing more than 400 cities globally," explains the new SWARCO CEO Michael Schuch on this week's Highways Voices podcast. "And what we learned was actually the most critical topics that they have are throughout the same." In the interview Mr Schuch outlines those challenges which fall into ten problem statements including predictable issues such as congestion and air quality along with other global problems such as budget constraints and interoperability. The interview features discussions on procurement, Net Zero, collaboration and support for start-ups, and international expansion as well as connected vehicles. "We can demonstrate proof of concept of those seeking solutions with connectivity with communication, and everything between vehicles and infrastructure and vice versa," Mr Schuch says. "Now, it's about the first deployments and the focus about the quality of the service and the scalability of the service, and there is really the question, who is investing that that money? What are the business cases that really make this a wheel that starts spinning?" Find out his thoughts on this week's Highways Voices, where you'll also hear news from podcast partners ADEPT, LCRIG, Transport Technology Forum and ITS (UK) plus why Telford and Wrekin wins this week's "Adrian's Accolade". Follow Highways News on  (Twitter),  (LinkedIn) and  (subscribe to our daily newsletter here). Links: (LCRIG website) (ITS (UK) Website) (Details of TTF Conference) (Adept website)