The ICAV team attended ITS World Congress in Copenhagen for the full duration of the exhibition from 17th – 21st September 2018.

The 5-day event was jam-packed with a wealth of seminars, sessions, exhibitors and live demonstrations of driverless vehicles from Keolis, NAVYA, OLLIE, Aurrigo and a live instance of MinRejseplan a Mobility as a Service-App / MaaS App which the ICAV team used to travel freely around the city for free.

The ITS Congresses represent the ultimate showcase of mobility services deployment and this year was no exception.

ERTICO have been organisers each year to create the success of the ITS regional Congress or World Congress in Europe. These Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility. They underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted and are important channels to raise awareness of smart mobility solutions among policy makers, experts and the general public. Expectations for this year are that more than 10,000 participants attended from over 100 countries.

The official Opening Ceremony of the ITS Congress took place in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince of Denmark with dignitaries such as the Mayor of Copenhagen, Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, President of the FIA and CEO of ERTICO.

ICAV found the event to be stimulating, informative with great opportunities to network with ITS professionals and organisations from all over the world. A view shared with ICAVs partners Transport Systems Catapult who hosted UKs presence in the UK Pavillion under the Innovation is Great campaign which included governmental agencies CCAV, Meridian, Innovate UK and a host of the leading SME innovators in intelligent Mobility including Aurrigo, Basemap, CGA Simulation, Chargebox, Conigital, Control F1, Immense, Nicander and Valerann.

In addition to showcasing UK SMEs on a global scale and disseminating UK Govs latest CAV projects, the UK Pavilion hosted a drinks reception for the British Ambassador to Denmark, Dominic Schroder who toured and met with all of the SMEs supporting the UK Pavilion.

After interviewing and speaking with many delegates, exhibitors from Cities, OEMs, large Enterprises, SMEs a key takeaway was the consensus that the future of transport is far bigger than each of them and in order to provide a true Mobility Solution for the future it’s not so much a technical issue but one of collaboration between organisations, transport authorities and cities. To address global societal issues faced by cities all over the world including congestion, safety, pollution and mobility of our aging population, it has to be a collaborative, shared data ecosystem approach. In addition, the public perception of a driverless future is becoming warmer and more accepted especially in controlled conditions or environments but concerns still remain around safety when mixed with regular traffic with human drivers.

Next year’s ITS World Congress will take place in Singapore with preparation work already underway. Dr Chin, Co-Chair of the ITS World Congress 2019 and Chief Engineer for Road & Traffic at Land Transport Authority in Singapore hopes to rise to the challenge and meet the bar set by colleagues in Denmark. You can see his interview and others in next week’s newsletter.