Driverless Cars and the City. Volterra’s Paul Buchanan speaker at conference.

Driverless TrainThe emergence of autonomous vehicles will have far reaching implications for cities, planners, real estate and the wider urban environment. Going beyond the technology, Urban Land Institute’s conference Driverless Cars and the City, explored the implications for cities, mobility and the possible changes to urban realm. It was aimed at complementing initiatives delivered by Greater London Authority and London Transport Museum across the following themes:

Challenging the current thinking of how Driverless Cars will impact urban realm

Future autonomous transport systems – will they make urban mobility better or worse?

Emerging and anticipated technology – 3D movement modelling and city implications

How Driverless Cars could reshape the city scape

Precedents and city opportunities from current trials

Real Estate and insurance implications

Leading economist and transport specialist Paul Buchanan spoke about Economic, planning and investment policy implications. Paul’s priorities were managing road-space, the impact on Buses, Pedestrians and Cyclists and Legislation. In a lively discussion there was much debate about linking data, smart cities and systems and making them all work together.

Image: Red Line Metro in Dubai by Tim Adams is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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ALEX O’BYRNE

Associate

e: aobyrne@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Alex O’Byrne, Associate at Volterra, is an experienced economic consultant specialising in economic, health and social impact, economic strategy, project appraisal and socio-economic planning matters.

Alex has led the socio-economic and health assessments of some of the most high profile developments across the UK, including Battersea Power Station, Olympia London, London Resort, MSG Sphere and Westfield. He has significant experience inputting to EIAs and s106 discussions as well as drafting economic statements, employment and skills strategies and affordable workspace strategies.

Alex is also experienced at economic appraisal for infrastructure. He was project manager of the economic appraisal for the City Centre to Mangere Light Rail in Auckland. He also led the economic and financial appraisals of the third tranche of the Transport Access Program for Transport for New South Wales, in which Alex developed and employed innovative methodological approaches to better capture benefits for individuals with reduced mobility.

He is interested in the limitations of current appraisal methodologies and ways of improving economic and health analysis to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible. To this end, Alex recognises the importance of transparent and simple to understand analysis and ensuring all work is supported by a robust narrative.

Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester and he was a member of the first cohort of the Mayor’s Infrastructure Young Professionals Panel.

ELLIE EVANS

Senior Partner

e: eevans@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.