Rapid Read: Freeing the Road
Shaping the Future for Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles (AV) have longed seemed like something from Tomorrow’s World –
a technological development that politicians, regulators and
policymakers could put off thinking about until long into the future.
Now, with the first mass market AVs set to roll off the production line,
Europe’s policymakers must fast catch up with technological and
This rapid-read version of Policy Network's major new study into autonomous vehicles, prepared with support from Nissan
Europe, offers a quick digest of the report's key findings.
About the authors
Florian leads Policy Network’s work on European policy,
focusing on the political economy, future of work, labour markets and
regulatory frameworks. He holds a diploma and a PhD in politics from the
University of Potsdam and the University of Greifswald, respectively.
He has lectured and researched in international politics at a number of
universities, research institutes and international organisations in
Europe, America and Africa.
Martin Adler is an economist and works as an external research
advisor for the VU University Amsterdam. He is also the founder of the
consultancy AtAdlerAdvisory which specialises in transportation and
urban issues. Among others, he has advised the OECD, European
governments, European commission and international firms on the cost and
benefits of public transit, road congestion management policies,
accident prevention and urban transformation. He has received the
Edwin-von-Boventer prize for his contributions to regional science.
Patrick is co-chair of Policy Network. He is lecturer in Public
Policy at Queen Mary, University of London; Gwilym Gibbon fellow at
Nuffield College, Oxford; and a visiting fellow in the Department of
Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the former head of policy
planning in 10 Downing Street and senior policy adviser to the prime
minister. Patrick has spent ten years as a special adviser in various
roles at the heart of British government, including 10 Downing Street,
the Cabinet Office, and the Northern Ireland Office.
Eugenia is a policy researcher at Policy Network. She holds a
diploma in Political Economy, King’s College London. Previously, she was
a research assistant at King’s College London, working on understanding
and quantifying violence trends under authoritarian governments. She
also has worked in financial start-ups (Elixium), in development banks
(Nafinsa), in trade promotion (ProMexico) and in diplomacy (Mexican
Embassy of London).
Matthew is the director of Policy Network and an experienced
broadcast journalist who spent more than a dozen years as a BBC current
affairs programme maker before becoming a senior adviser to the UK
Leader of the Opposition in the run up to the 2015 election. Before
entering television he led the main Labour Party pro-European
organisation, campaigning for Britain’s leading role in Europe.