Expert futurologist, Fergus McVey of 7th Sense Research, will be headlining FTA’s brand new one-day conference, Future Van 2019, taking place at the NAEC in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 3 October 2019, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Providing an exclusive glimpse into the future – derived from robust qualitative and quantitative research – his session will arm operators, manufacturers and industry leaders with the knowledge they need to embrace the rapidly-evolving world of vans and stay ahead of the competition. The event is also sponsored by Bott Ltd, Brigade Electronics, Hertz UK Ltd, Lex Autolease and Quartix.

Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles at FTA, commented: “7th Sense Research has combined robust mixed-method research with its expert understanding of the market to paint a realistic picture of the future of vans; the market is evolving fast and businesses must adapt to stay afloat.

“Digitalisation has already led to large-scale transformation and looks set to grow in the future; connected vans with the ability to ‘talk’ to each other will soon be the norm. And with the growth of electric-powered vehicles, drones and even autonomous vans, operators, manufacturers and industry leaders must be aware of both the opportunities, and the challenges, these developments present. Thankfully, 7th Sense Research will provide them will the knowledge they need to adapt seamlessly and stay ahead of the competition.”

Future Van will bring together some of the most innovative minds in the industry to discuss and debate the forces set to shape the market in the coming years. Other sessions, presented by a diverse panel of speakers, will cover upcoming legislation; autonomous vehicle securitythe growth and viability of electric vans; and the latest in last mile technology, including combined drone and van.

The price to attend the conference is £295.00 + VAT for members or £350.00 + VAT for non-members. To book your place please visit

Administered by FTA, the leading organisation in UK logistics, Van Excellence was created in 2010 to promote the safe operation of vans, represent the interests of the sector, and celebrate operators demonstrating excellent standards.  Central to the scheme is the Van Excellence Code, a set of minimum best practice standards all van operators should aspire to achieve, covering safety, efficiency and sustainability.