7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Morning Symposium

 Wednesday 4th October 2017 (morning)

 Morgan Motor Company, Malvern, WR14 2LL 


We heard the latest about innovation in the automotive industry at the home of the iconic hand-built Morgan sports cars.

The event was free to attend.




Arrival & Networking

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #automotive #engineering #EV



Adrian Burden, Festival Founder & Managing Director of Innovate Malvern CIC




Hydrogen-fuelled cars and progress eliminating the environmental impact of personal transport

An update on the Rasa two seater ‘network electric’ car, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The engineering prototype has clocked over 60mph and has been weaving neatly through the traffic in London, as well as gliding down the country lanes of Powys.

Hugo Spowers is the chief engineer and founder of Riversimple, the company behind the Rasa zero emission hydrogen-fuelled car. He is an Oxford University trained engineer and entrepreneur how originally founded and ran a business designing and building racing cars and restoring historic racing cars. Environmental concerns led him away from motorsport; the focus of his MBA at Cranfield University was a feasibility study into bringing hydrogen fuel cell cars to market. He founded OScar Automotive in 2001, which became Riversimple in 2007. The first fuel cell car to emerge was the LIFECar, developed by a consortium Hugo brought together with Morgan and presented at the Geneva Motorshow in 2008. 




Testing complex software systems in future advanced transportation

Integrated software systems are ever-more complex, requiring hundreds of thousands to millions of lines of code. With autonomous cars around the corner, testing software properly is a real challenge for the automotive industry. This presentation looks at new approaches and explores what can be learnt from the experiences of the aviation industry

Nick Tudor is Business Director at D-RisQ Ltd. He had 20 years experience with the Royal Air Force followed by over a decade of experience within aerospace, defence and automotive industry. He has worked in QinetiQ and more recently with Tudor Associates, Aeronautique Associates as well as D-RisQ. Nick is an active supporter of the international effort to refresh DO178 and is now a member of the Forum for Aeronautical Software.



The road to autonomous, connected vehicles

A number of new commercially available car models now include self-parking and autonomous driving capability. Legislation permitting, the next significant advances will be through autonomous communication between vehicles and their surrounding infrastructure. With these advances in mind, how will our roads look in the future?

Professor Paul Jennings is a physicist who has been with WMG University of Warwick for over 25 years working on research with industrial and academic partners. Since 2014 Paul has led WMG's multidisciplinary Intelligent Vehicles research activity, which draws in capability from across the department including Complex Electrical Systems, Communications, Experiential Engineering, Cyber Security, Modelling and Simulation, Visualisation and Business and Operations. Paul is the lead academic for the '3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles', a £3.2m facility funded by EPSRC which is the world's first immersive, simulated environment for smart and connected vehicles.

@Prof_PaulJ, @wmgwarwick



Lunch & Networking





Optional tour of Morgan Motor Company factory

The Morgan motorcars are still handbuilt in Malvern. Morgan are kindly offering a free (roughly one hour) factory tour for participants of this session so that you can see for yourself how these innovative cars are designed, constructed, finished and tested.



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