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Sumit Pandey

Sumit Pandey joined the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV - an expert, joint policy unit of the UK’s Department for Business and Trade and the Department for Transport), in August 2022. He is leading the Government’s vision to enable the commercial deployment of connected and self-driving vehicles in the UK by 2025. Prior to CCAV, Sumit has served in numerous roles within the Government devising policies for emerging vehicle technologies, primarily automated vehicles and micro mobility. Before joining the Civil Service, Sumit gained significant experience in the automotive industry where he worked with several vehicle manufacturers in the fields of advanced manufacturing, product development, quality, and supply chain management. Sumit is a Chartered Engineer and holds a master’s degree in Automotive Product Engineering from Cranfield University.


The UK's approach to connected and automated mobility (CAM)

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is a joint unit of the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and Department for Transport (DfT) unit. This presentation will provide an update on UK government activities on its £100 million, commercialising connected and automated mobility (CAM) programme from 2022-25 and the UK’s future plans for CAM innovation, commercialisation, regulation and legislation. In November 2023, the UK government committed up to £150 million funding between 2025-30 for CAM R&D and early commercialisation of these technologies, whilst also ensuring these are safe and secure for all.

The audience will learn:

  • Established in 2015, CCAV is an expert policy unit that is shaping the safe and secure introduction of self-driving vehicles and services on UK roads.
  • Since 2015, CCAV has enabled over £600 million pounds joint public and private investment across more than 100 collaborative R&D projects involving over 200 organisations.
  • In August 2022, the UK government announced its approach to the safe and secure introduction of self-driving technologies by 2025, committing £100million of R&D funding to target early commercialisation of CAM.
  • In November 2023, the UK government announced the introduction for a new Automated Vehicles (AV) Bill, that will deliver one of the most comprehensive legal frameworks of its kind anywhere in the world for self-driving vehicles, with safety at its core.
  • As part of the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan announced in November 2023, the UK Government has further committed up to £150 million of new R&D funding for CAM between 2025-2030. This will help the UK secure first-mover advantage in the deplo