Sunil Budhdeo

Coventry City Council

Transport Innovation Manager

Coventry City Council

Sunil has over 35 years’ experience in the Traffic, Transport and ITS Industry. He originally joined the industry as an Installation Engineer, progressing to senior positions within a number of prominent Midlands Local Authorities.

At Leicester City Council, Sunil’s role as a senior Engineer was to set standards within both the industry and Local Authorities. As a key member of the Sector Schema standards committee, he helped pave the way for the industry to adopt a common and progressive standard for all operatives.

After joining Nottingham City Council as an operations manager, Sunil continued to establish a number of key industry standards and successfully delivered the most efficient tram network, the first Colour and Symbolized Car park Guidance system and the first digital Bus lane enforcement system in the UK.

In 2010, Sunil joined Coventry City Council as UTMC Manager with responsibility for the UTMC, managing the Highway Network Development team and Response and Monitoring services.

Now Transport Innovation Manager, Sunil’s key achievements at Coventry include: implementing the UK’s first 4G Mesh network which introduced Pay On Display Machines, RTPI, CCTV, ANPR Cameras and Wireless Vehicle Detection using 4G Mesh network communications; successfully completing various innovation projects funded by the European Union FP7, H2020 programme and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP; exploiting technology to secure funding from Innovate UK and the DfT for other CAV projects such as UK Autodrive, UK Cite and Parking Platform; supporting Coventry University with their transport related R&D projects; delivering the first demonstration of an Autonomous vehicle driven on the streets of Coventry; introducing Micro Mobility as part of MaaS; and leading innovative Future Transport projects such as Urban Airport (E-VTOL), Micro Mobility, intelligent Controlled/uncontrolled Crossing and Electrification of transport modes which will be operational in a City environment.

A member of the UTMC Standard and specification development group, TDI & TTF group and Chair of Yunex Traffic User group and the Siemens user group, Sunil’s desire to be innovative and set high standards within the Transport Sector remains strong.

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