Every year, the Cenex annual conference attracts thousands of people to the UTAC Millbrook testbed to engage in meaningful discussion around the future of mobility. We were delighted to return this year, championing the progress made in the Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) area and meeting with delegates to identify further opportunities to foster collaboration and accelerate progress.

A big stage for CAM

CAM has always had a place at the annual Cenex conference, however this year’s event saw a significantly bigger CAM presence, being upgraded to have its own ‘CAM hall’, with two dedicated stages at the main entry point for the conference. The hall was a hive of activity and hosted some of the community’s best and brightest companies across the two days.

The Zenzic wall at the back of the CAM hall proved a big hit as the backdrop for conversations across the conference and engaging attendees with the big question.  

CAM Wall at Cenex

Strategic insights on display

CENEX is always a useful opportunity for us to update industry on our activities and this year we launched two new pieces of work.

One was the latest publication from our strategic research team – The International CAM Landscape. The work looks at some of the key CAM players across the world and identifies key emerging trends as countries take their own routes to CAM commercialisation.

The other was the UK CAM Supply Chain survey, building from last year’s research to provide an assessment of the strengths and opportunities in the UK’s CAM Supply Chain. This year’s work will look to build on that previous work, explore opportunities for analysis and provide an up to date view for CCAV.

The team on stage

Zenzic were present across the Cenex speaker lineup. Chairing sessions on the “Future Direction of CAM” and “Developing a Regulatory Framework for CAM”; Frances Williamson Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Mili Naik, Technical Delivery Lead introduced lineups of exciting speakers from CCAV,WMG,BSI and Zenzic amongst others, attracting big audiences in the CAM Hall Main Plenary.

During Frances’ session attendees from Mark Cracknell, David WongJo EvansDavid Skipp and Michael Talbot. Attendees learned more about the new International CAM Landscape publication from the Zenzic team, the recently announced successful CAM Supply Chain UK projects, the challenges and opportunities of CAM, finishing with insight into the Government’s approach to CAM and a 30 min panel discussion. Jo also announced that CAM Testbed UK is inviting companies  to join as a members – check here for more details. Mark was also present at the Government Pavilion, formally launching the International CAM Landscape and bringing out some of the key insights from the work.

Mili’s session featured Jenny Laber, Matteo Novati, Professor Siddartha KhastgirCarles Lujan Tutusaus and Richard Hillman. The speakers provided a thought provoking set of talks, exploring regulatory processes for safety assurance in deployments, CAVPASS, the type approval approach for automated driving vehicles, and finishing with the new BSI Flex 1886 update, centered around remote operation.

Recognition from government

The Zenzic team was delighted to hear Jo Shanmugalingam, 2nd Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport, champion the CAM agenda strongly, recognising the significant and positive economic, social, environmental and safety impacts CAM can make.

Looking ahead to Cenex Expo 2024

We were pleased to see Cenex rebranding of the event to Cenex Expo, and to see the team behind the event sharing in our aim to keep the spotlight shining on CAM.

The CAM industry has a lot to say – we’ll see CAM Deployment UK, CAM Supply Chain UK, along with CAM Scale-Up UK and other initiatives in full flight and we look forward to having more conversations next year!

Continuing the conversation

Did you enjoy the new CAM hall at Cenex? Did you want to talk to a member of the Zenzic team but didn’t manage to catch us? Let us know by emailing info@zenzic.io.

You can often find Zenzic on the floor of some of the industry’s most important gatherings. Keep an eye on our social media for more information!

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