Artificial intelligence and future transport and mobility: What do cities want and how can urban planning respond?

Our monthly GM Policy Hub seminar series focuses on a different regional policy agenda each month. In February 2024, we will focus on artificial intelligence in transport, and how this will impact urban and transport planning.

Experts agree that automated driving technologies constitute perhaps the most significant transformation in urban and transport planning since the invention of the private motor vehicle. AI applications in the transport sector could help unlock opportunities that are crucial to GM’s long-term growth and prosperity, and contribute to achieving carbon neutrality. However, AI applications are not without challenges.

As automated driving technologies are introduced gradually into cities, urban planning has a critical role to play in anticipating the implications of this transition and mediating unwanted consequences for societies. Policymakers must recognise and provide opportunities for diverse viewpoints in envisioning and creating desired mobility futures. Crucially – uncertainty cannot lead to inaction. Transport and mobility policies and plans must address local needs and strategic imperatives. Engagement and constructive dialogue are key.


When: Thursday 15 February 2024, 1:00-2:30pm (with registration and light lunch from 12:30pm)

Where: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road (room to be shared on registration)


  • Dr Ransford A. AcheampongSenior Lecturer in Transport and Urban Futures at The University of Manchester
  • Sam Li, Senior Innovation Officer at Transport for Greater Manchester


: To register for this session, please email with your name, job title, and any access or dietary requirements. 


About the seminar series:

Join us for our monthly GM Policy Hub seminar series. Each month, we will focus on a different regional policy agenda, with a University of Manchester academic presenting their research on the topic, followed by an audience Q&A.

Come along to hear about research relating to your work. Following the presentation, take the opportunity to grab a sandwich and network. Meet the academic and the Policy@Manchester team or get to know others working in policy areas across GM.