The line-up for the Oxford-style debate at this year’s ITS (UK) Summit in Coventry has been completed, promising a feisty discussion about private vehicle use versus shared mobility solutions.

After a highly successful session at last year’s Summit, this year’s adversarial debate at the Ricoh Arena on 17 October will discuss the following motion:

This house believes that we are in the last years of private vehicle ownership and shared mobility is the only sustainable future for transport

Supporting the motion will be Dr Alastair McInroy, Senior Programme Manager, Technology Scotland who Ally leads the MaaS Scotland network of more than 70 members operating across the Mobility as a Service supply chain in Scotland.and James Taylor, Managing Director of ShareNow which promises people new, diverse and flexible opportunities to move around the world’s city centres.

They will be up against the leading consultant Andy Graham,  who is owner of White Willow Consulting and Chair of ITS (UK)’s Connected Vehicles Forum and Catherine Bowen, Senior Policy Advisor at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) – the UK trade body for companies engaged in vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management.

The debate, chaired by SMART Highways editor Paul Hutton will begin by asking all delegates at the ITS (UK) Summit to vote on whether they support or oppose this motion.  Each panellist will then present a short speech giving reasons for supporting or opposing it before going onto a discussion debating the issues. 

At the end of this, after each panellist has summed up their case, the audience will vote again to see whether opinions have been changed by the debate.  At last year’s debate on driverless cars the summit actually saw the opponents of the motion go from losing the first vote to winning the second.

You can listen to last year’s debate here:

The ITS (UK) Summit takes place on 17 October and places can be booked at The Summit is preceded by the ITS (UK) President’s Dinner and Awards, hosted by former Transport Minister Steve Norris, the night before – a relaxed celebration of the best in British ITS.