EXCITING demonstrations of some of the region’s world-leading technology and innovation helped launch the Our Future Moves exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum on Saturday.
In conjunction with the UK City of Culture, the display runs at the venue until October 31 and features a diverse range of pioneering exhibits from autonomous vehicles to AI (Artificial Intelligence) facial recognition cars and single-person submarines.
These include an Aurrigo autonomous shuttle, Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) model, a Coventry University autonomous racing vehicle and display of unmanned aerial vehicle projects.
The Jaguar I-PACE, Microcab Industries Ltd hydrogen car, GE electric propulsion unit, KIVNON Mobile Robotics and a University of Warwick nano satellite which monitors wildlife populations are also on show.
A Vital Auto interactive car grill which can detect objects and movement has the potential to make the roads safer and prevent crashes, a Balfour Beatty app, shows the future of lighting control and how lights can influence movement and another display showcases how robots are used in precision engineering from WMG at the University of Warwick.
The Coventry Transport Museum collections manager Liz Chard-Cooper took us on a tour of the exhibition to provide a taste of what visitors can expect – click above to see it.
In Millennium Place, outside the Transport Museum, on Saturday viewers saw demonstrations of a Skyfarer drone, which has the potential to transport vital items for the NHS, such as organs and blood, and police drones – the new ‘eye in the sky’ for forces up and down the country.
Skyfarer was the brainchild of Elliot Parnham who graduated from Coventry University in Aerospace Engineering. We caught up with him to find out more.
The interactive and ambitious exhibition tells the stories of the objects on display by envisioning how future cities may look and by exploring how pioneering developments in transport and technology could affect the environment and the way we live.
Shay Moradi from Vital Auto showcases an AI car grille which can track movement and prevent crashes.
Coventry Transport Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British Road Transport, including the three fastest cars on the planet – illustrating Coventry’s role in transport innovation through the ages.
MotoFest, also launched on Saturday, usually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Coventry city centre each year and this year is held over three themed weekends until August 8, due to Covid restrictions.
The strategic partners delivering the ambitious and inspiring Our Future Moves programme include Coventry City Council, CV Life, Culture Coventry, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry University, MotoFest, Transport for West Midlands, Warwickshire County Council and WMG at the University of Warwick.
Paul Breed, CEO of CV Life and Culture Coventry, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to celebrate Coventry, Warwickshire’s and the West Midlands past, present and future as a pioneer and innovator in transport – at a time when the eyes of the world will be on the city as UK City of Culture, and when the Commonwealth Games comes to the region very soon after.
“Our Future Moves will see a year of activities, beginning with a must-see exhibition at the Coventry Transport Museum which looks at how Coventry and the wider region has become the centre of innovation for future transport, from very light rail through to the world’s first Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Urban Air Port®.”
Coun Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, said: “Coventry is leading the green industrial revolution and we want to celebrate that, engage and inspire the next generation of innovators and share all of the amazing innovations and solutions that are being pioneered right here.
“The next year promises to be very exciting and Our Future Moves will be a big part of that.
“With projects like Very Light Rail, autonomous vehicles, electric cars and journey planning enabled by street furniture that reports congestion this sector has never felt so exciting or so important. I hope people will learn a lot, get a glimpse of the future and feel inspired.”
Atkins is an official Sponsor of Our Future Moves.
Click here for more on Our Future Moves and Coventry Transport Museum.