Connected and Autonomous Vehicles specialist joins Arup in Ireland

Arup is pleased to announce that Dr. John McCarthy has joined our Digital Services team, and will be based in our Dublin office. John is taking on a hugely exciting and challenging role of Leader of Intelligent Mobility and brings over 20 years of expertise specialising in areas such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Cyber Security and Transport Network Operations. John has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin where he also served as a lecturer and has also worked in various Divisions of Transport for London.

Autonomous (i.e. driverless) vehicles are rapidly developing worldwide, with countries currently preparing for the change. John was the technical director on two CAV trials in the UK (Flourish and Venturer). These trials explored the feasibility of introducing driverless cars. In his work with Venturer, John was one of the leading consultants advising the UK government on all aspects of CAV readiness. John highlighted the importance of prioritising the user, as understanding behavioral aspects in relation to technology is central to his work with CAVs. He has given evidence at the House of Lords, appeared on numerous BBC Television and Radio shows, presented at numerous industry events and has had articles published in over 27 peer-reviewed journals and conferences. John has also been hugely successful in the areas of journey management and roads of the future where he has examined ways to ensure that travel will become seamless, while his roads of the future work primarily focussed on the use of CAVs.

“We are delighted to have someone of John’s calibre and experience joining the Arup team in Dublin. John brings a wealth of real experience across a number of domains most notably being technically responsible for the delivery of CAV trials in the UK” states David O’Keeffe, Director and leader of the Arup Digital Business in Ireland.

John has experience across numerous sectors, including ITS, big data, analytics, engineering, academic, and telecoms operations. He has been involved in the delivery of leading edge technical solutions for public, private and academic bodies. There are several key developments currently ongoing in this new era for transport. John’s main interests include IT architecture and digital platforms, mobile and smart ticketing evolution, personalisation and prediction, and data analytics and fusion. His work will encompass positioning Ireland at the forefront of this emerging market.

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