Sunil Budhdeo

Transport Innovation Manager, Coventry City Council

Sunil has over 40 years’ experience in the Traffic, Transport and ITS Industry. His current role as the Transport Innovation Manager at Coventry City has helped in development of new technology for transportation. Now venturing into the latest mode of transportation of Electric-Vertical Take Off and Landing (E-VTOL)

Joined Coventry City council in 2010 as UTMC Manager, responsible for the UTMC, Highway Network Development team and Managing the Response and Monitoring services. Lead advisor for Local Authorities in developing urban Air Mobility.

Successfully implemented UK’S first 4G Mesh network in Coventry, introduced Pay on Display Machine, RTPI, CCTV, ANPR Cameras and Wireless Vehicle Detection that use the 4G Mash network for communication.

Successfully completed various innovation project, funded by the European Union FP7, H2020 programme Coventry and Warwickshire LEP. Exploited the technology to secure funding for other CAV projects funded by Innovate UK and the DfT such as UK Autodrive, UK Cite and Parking Platform with other key partners. Supporting Coventry University with their transport related R&D projects. Delivered the first demonstration of an Autonomous vehicle driven on the streets of Coventry, introduced Micro Mobility as part of MaaS. Micro Mobility, intelligent Controlled /uncontrolled Crossing, Electrification of transport modes which will be operational in a city environment.

Lead PM for Award winning Future Flights Projects such as Urban Airport, Vertiport for E-VTOL, delivering the world’s first in the City of Coventry. Currently developing BVLOS Highways in Sky’s, project Skyways

A member of the UTMC Standard and specification development group, TDI & TTF group and Chair of Yunex Traffic User group, Supporting UAP as a LA representative on their board of advisors. The desire to be innovative and set a high standard within the Transport Sector carries on.  

My Sessions at Parkex

Wednesday 22 May 2024


Tomorrow's Parking World, Today

11:00 - 12:00

Exploring what the future holds and how to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, this session will provide key insights, advice and guidance on key areas of development, including:

  • National Parking Platform
  • Alliance for Parking Data Standards
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Kerbside management

My Sessions at Traffex

Wednesday 22 May 2024


Keynote 3: Futureproofing Transport Infrastructure: The Coventry Story

12:10 - 12:40 Traffic Management Decarbonisation
  • Outlining the infrastructure to meet net-zero operations in Coventry
  • Providing an enhanced test bed for the future development of vehicle technologies and transport systems, including micromobility, EVs, and an urban airport
  • How the city is encouraging behavioural change 
  • The steps take to increase the effectiveness of traffic management, leading to reduced congestion, pollution and associated economic/social benefits  

Panel: Using AI to Proactively Anticipate and Manage Traffic across the Network

12:45 - 13:25 Artificial Intelligence Traffic Management
  • Achievements within the transport community to date in this area of R&D, and its benefits in defining urban transport requirements.
  • What's needed among councils, researchers and other players to enable AI to be used in a smart cities context?
  • What are the barriers to accessing data, and how do we weigh up convenience against privacy?