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CEG8431 : Technologies for Future Mobility

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Goodman
  • Demonstrator: Dr Neal Wade, Dr Simon Lambert
  • Lecturer: Professor Phil Blythe
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to examine what forms mobility will take in the near future, what scenarios might influence the forms of that mobility, and what technologies will underpin those future transportation networks. The module aims:
•       To introduce the current contexts influencing the shape of current and future mobility, including how key drivers such as such as the rise of rapid urbanisation, digital technology, the need for rapid decarbonisation and our changing and aging population, influence transport policy;
•       To present a variety of scenarios and visons of the future, based on both global projections, and UK government ‘foresight’ documents;
•       To discuss how decarbonisation of transport may be achieved through a variety of means, for example switching from fossil fuel dependence, via electromobiliy, through to a hydrogen-based economy, supported by a transition to more active modes (e.g. walking and cycling) of travel, and mass public transportation;
•       To highlight how decarbonisation could be assisted through the use of integrated neighbourhood planning measures, the greening of our cities, and the transition to the view of Mobility as a Service;
•       To introduce what impacts future autonomous vehicles, driven by machine ‘intelligence’, may have on out transport networks, both in the near-term, where they may be sharing road space with more conventional counterparts, and in the longer term, where they may be the only vehicles in operation;
•       To describe the core sensors, communications and data processing technologies that are used in connected and autonomous vehicles, complimentary to the introductory material in module CEG8422: Intelligent Transport Systems;
•       To present human and ethical factors that need to be considered in an autonomous future;
•       To discuss how the future mobility needs of urban and rural travellers may differ, and how the demand for passenger and freight transport may change;
•       To outline the challenges, and possible solutions to those challenges, faced by non-road modes: What will our rail networks look like in the future? Is national and international aviation viable in a low carbon world? How will our goods be shipped globally and delivered locally?
•       To explore how new opportunities may arise from hitherto unknown or unavailable technologies, and how these may be harnessed for the good of society.

Note that the module includes contributions from external speakers from industry, therefore the precise structure and format of lectures may vary from year-to-year, based on speaker availability.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module covers the following topics:
•       Introduction to future challenges: Maintaining and enhancing mobility under the need for decarbonisation
•       Future scenarios: How they shape transportation thinking and policies?
•       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
•       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
•       Building smart and liveable cities: Links to intelligent and cooperative mobility
•       Building smart and liveable cities: Links to planning and neighbourhood development
•       Future transport hubs and interchanges
•       Mobility as a Service, eHubs and Shared Mobility
•       Active modes: Walking and Cycling
•       Beyond roads: Future maritime transportation (inland, littoral and maritime)
•       Beyond roads: Future aviation (local, national and international aviation)
•       Beyond roads: Future rail (light, heavy, passenger and freight)
•       Future freight and logistics
•       Thinking ‘out-of-the-box’ – exotic and innovative transport solutions

Some elements of the syllabus (e.g. electric drivetrain development) will typically be delivered by invited, external speakers from industry.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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