The future of mobility

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 10 September

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has already taken place

  • The car of the future?

    Credit: Williams Advanced Engineering


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

How will the electrification of transport change how we move around in the world of the future? How will people engage with future transportation systems and how will that effect how people live their lives? Will autonomous vehicles be a common means of transportation; on road, at sea and in the air? How does the technology work? What are the financial, legal and ethical implications of self-driving vehicles?

These questions and many more will be answered by our panel of experts in this event supported by the Faraday Institution. This event is the final of a three-part series entitled 'The Batteries are Coming!'

About the speakers

Robert Llewellyn is an actor, comedian, writer and presenter. He hosts Fully Charged that reports on electric cars, bikes, boats and planes but also how we generate and even own the electricity to power these machines. From looking behind the myths of renewable energy, to seeking the truth about conventional generation Robert Llewellyn and Fully Charged demonstrate what the future could have in store for us all.

Christian Bedford is Head of Legal for Williams Advanced Engineering. He spends much of his time working in the commercial side of the organisation and remains focused on helping to drive business growth and direction through technology innovation. He chairs the company’s Innovation Review Committee and is a Director of Williams Technology Ventures Ltd, which is responsible for managing Williams’ involvement in the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund.

Alison Park is Director of Research at the Economic and Social Research Council, and Professor of Social Research at the UCL Institute of Education. Alison was awarded a CBE for services to the social sciences in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Richard Morris is the Innovation Lead for Connected & Autonomous at Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. He leads Innovate UK’s funding competitions to guide industrial research into the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles. His automotive engineering background has seen him undertake design, development and testing of a wide variety of vehicle transmission and safety systems.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the 

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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