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University wows European guests during POLIS conference.

Nov 29, 2018

The connected autonomous vehicle
The connected autonomous vehicle

The University hosted a ‘technical visit’ for 57 delegates attending the 2018 Annual POLIS two-day conference.

POLIS is a network of European cities and regions working together to deploy innovative solutions for more sustainability mobility and the theme for this year’s conference was “Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions”.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), who organised the conference, had actively promoted our work in the field of autonomous vehicle technology (AAVT) to the network. As a result, a group of delegates from across Europe came to see out new autonomous vehicle and learn more about our facilities and innovative programmes.

Dean of the newly unified science schools, Professor Sheila Pankhurst welcomed delegates who also heard talks from colleagues on our industry collaboration strategy, AAVT, acoustics and our connected autonomous vehicle project, before taking a trip in our brand-new NAVYA campus bus.

The delegates were also given a tour of our Robotics and Acoustics labs and The Octave.

Feedback was extremely positive. Delegates were impressed with our “ambitious plans” and the unique way we were developing real-world testing, across multiple disciplines, in partnership with TfGM and Salford City Council.