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MARK STACEY, CROWN INTERNATIONAL


well, in terms of decision-making although we may not have dealt with them directly. Finding a good partner to work with is crucial though, someone who has a good understanding of the technical aspects, someone who can lead you through what you need to do to satisfy the project’s or the state’s or the city’s technical requirements of delivering into that market- place. They also need to be able to introduce you to the peo- ple that make the decisions, that’s very important as ultimately you might struggle to meet those people directly. From our perspective we could go through Australia House and that’s fine but for us there’s nothing that beats feet on the ground. The human intelligence side of business is as important, if not more important, than the technology.”


A DEGREE OF AUTONOMY One question that it is near impossible not to ask as an ITS journalist in 2016, especially with this publication being given out at the ITS World Congress, is how your interviewee’s sphere is going to be impacted by the rise of autonomous vehicles. For Mark Stacey it’s a subject he has clearly given a great deal of thought to. “That’s a good question but think about this for a minute:


in the UK there are about 40 million vehicles, and the average age of those vehi- cles is around 6 years old. So now let’s assume that autonomous vehicles start to appear on our roads. It’ll be a slow take-up to begin with and the majority of those 40 million vehicles will still be on the road come 2020, for example. So how does that play out in a scenario where we have a mixture of autonomous and non-autonomous vehicles? What implica- tions does that have on how we run the highway network? What implications does that have for enforcement?


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“At some point in the future we will reach that tipping


“Finding a good partner to work with is crucial... someone who can lead you through what you need to do to satisfy the ...requirements of delivering into that marketplace”


point where every car on the road is autonomous so is that the point where enforcement is no longer required? Autono- mous vehicles are self-enforcing and won’t break the speed limit. However, there are times when you’re driving that you need a burst of speed to get out of a prob- lem so that’s something that is being addressed – will the ability to decide to ‘drive yourself’ out of a problem be replicated in a driver- less vehicle? Where I see an


opportunity is between now and the time when every car on the road is autonomous there will be the possibility of auton- omising existing cars. I think that might happen more quickly than the move towards full autonomy,” he surmises. “I can see a technology being developed that will do the


majority of the tasks and autonomous vehicle will do that can be retrofitted to your existing car. Advanced driver assistance systems are commonplace now, where the soft- ware takes over braking or even as simple as turning the windscreen wipers on, so how much of a step up, techno- logically speaking, would that be? From an enforcement point of view that will have an impact on our business, but how do you put the infrastructure in place to allow autono- mous vehicles to operate in this new environment? That will require a plethora of roadside kit and it will need to be mounted on deployable assets, taking us back to the origi- nal idea of intelligent infrastructure. That’s where I see our role in this revolution.” ●


 Will there be a need for enforcement in an autonomous world?


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 Mark Stacey is managing director of Crown International


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