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Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Newcastle University is not delivering any face-to-face CPD programmes before January 2021. If you are interested in studying any of our modules online, contact the CPD Unit for advice.

About the Course

Technologies for Future Mobility

Find out what mobility will look like in our near future. Take a look at future transportation networks and technologies.

We'll consider the contexts influencing the shape of current and future mobility. We'll look at how global, national and local issues may shape travel and transportation.

Many factors influence transport policy. These include:

  • the rise of urbanisation
  • the need for rapid decarbonisation
  • our changing and ageing population

Planning at the local level and the greening of cities will enhance urban spaces. They will also reduce the need for travel. We'll investigate how Mobility as a Service may change people's habits, both in urban and rural areas.

Improved battery and energy storage technologies have a major part in our road to decarbonisation. We'll look at electromobility and its impact on electrical demand and the electricity grid.

Non-road modes also face challenges. What will our rail networks look like in the future? Is aviation viable in a low carbon world? How will we ship our goods globally and deliver them locally?

Autonomous vehicles will certainly play an increasing role in future transport provision. We'll separate the reality from the hype. We'll describe the sensor and communications technologies supporting autonomous transport. We'll look at developments in machine intelligence and their impact on autonomous vehicles.

We'll explore the new opportunities that may arise from new technologies, and how we may harness these for the good of society.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates
  • Monday 10 - Friday 14 May 2021 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed

Objectives and Outline

Technologies for Future Mobility

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • explain policy development to tackle decarbonisation whilst promoting mobility
  • critically appraise particular approaches to decarbonisation, or automation
  • describe the benefits and disbenefits of the selected approaches

You'll have an understanding of the scale of decarbonisation needed in both road and non-road transport sectors. You'll be able to describe the measures tp achieve these goals.

You'll be familiar with key components of electromobility systems. You'll know about provisions for their uptake, such as vehicles, vehicle components, infrastructure, and incentives.

You'll be able to carry out calculations relating to:

  • battery capacity, vehicle power demands and vehicle range
  • emissions from low carbon vehicles, including greenhouse gases, local air pollutants and noise

These are described as ‘embodied carbon’ in Life Cycle Assessment.

You'll be familiar with the range of parameters in the Newcastle University Driving Simulator. These are representative of the kind of data that may be available from connected and autonomous vehicles of the future.

You'll have carried out processing and statistical analysis. To do this, you'll use data generated by a group-based behavioural experiment using the simulator.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to future challenges: maintaining and enhancing mobility under the need for decarbonisation.
  2. Future scenarios: how they shape transportation thinking and policies.
  3. Electromobility and low carbon vehicles
    • Introduction to electromobility and low carbon vehicles: electric, hybrids, hydrogen and others
    • Components of an electric vehicle: battery technology, motor and drive technology
    • Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
    • Economic incentives and the business cases for electromobility
    • Electromobility and the environment: emissions, noise and Life Cycle Assessment
    • Hydrogen and other low-carbon alternative fuels
    • Case studies of electromobility
  4. Autonomous vehicles
    • Introduction to cooperative and autonomous vehicles: UK definition of levels of cooperation, SAE definitions of levels of automation
    • Technological building blocks of autonomy: sensors and communication
    • Introducing machine intelligence and machine learning to achieve autonomy (including workshop and demonstration)
    • Technical and ethical challenges with autonomy: data processing requirements, edge cases, training issues
    • Use of simulation in studying driver response and behaviour to autonomous vehicles
    • Case studies of autonomy
  5. Building smart and liveable cities
    • links to intelligent and cooperative mobility
    • links to planning and neighbourhood development
  6. Future transport hubs and interchanges
  7. Mobility as a Service, eHubs and Shared Mobility
  8. Active modes: walking and cycling
  9. Beyond roads
    • Future maritime transportation (inland, littoral and maritime)
    • Future aviation (local, national and international)
    • Future rail (light, heavy, passenger and freight)
  10. Future freight and logistics
  11. Thinking out-of-the-box: exotic and innovative transport solutions
Course dates
  • Monday 10 - Friday 14 May 2021 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed

Further Information

Technologies for Future Mobility

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8431) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.


Technologies for Future Mobility


Newcastle University


Technologies for Future Mobility


  • Technologies for Future Mobility
    • £1325 (duration 5 days)

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.