ITS Australia releases Post Congress Report for 23rd ITS World Congress

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Hosts of the 23rd Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress, ITS Australia, has released the Post Congress Report, which captures the key messages and moments of the highly successful event, and provides valuable insights for the industry going forward.

The five-day event took place in Melbourne during October 2016, and was attended by more than 11,500 delegates from 73 countries. The new Report has been compiled by a team of dedicated on-site rapporteurs, attending over 220 Sessions, including more than 650 speakers and 450 presented papers.

The rapporteurs are industry professionals with in-depth knowledge of their specialist field and in addition to key content, they provided observations and insights while capturing the essence of the Congress. In addition to the speaker program, delegates booked nearly 700 technical tours of key transport centers and experienced more than 3,500 vehicle technology demonstrations.

The Congress was an opportunity to further the country’s international reputation as an ITS leader, present business opportunities to ITS Australia’s members and the local ITS community, and enhance connections and networks between the local and international industry.

ITS Australia’s president, Brian Negus, said the 2016 ITS World Congress was a great success and the Report accurately captures and reflects on this significant event: “The Congress was a platform for meaningful transport technology discussions around Australian and international cities and communities. The Post Congress Report not only provides a documented record of the event, but is also a reference point for the ITS industry and future Congresses. I would like to thank the rapporteurs for their commitment to this project and congratulate chief rapporteur Eric Sampson (right) for overseeing the team and the production of this wonderful Report.”

The Report, illustrated with images from the World Congress, captures key themes including:

• Challenges and opportunities of Big and Open Data;

• Smart Cities and new urban mobility;

• Automated Vehicles and Cooperative ITS;

• Mobile applications;

• Vehicle and network safety;

• Future freight;

• Environmental sustainability;

• Policy, standards and harmonization.

ITS Australia’s CEO, Susan Harris, said the Report continues the momentum of the World Congress as the Australian ITS industry goes from strength to strength.

Harris commented, “The Australian ITS industry has a strong reputation globally and the recent World Congress only enhanced this. International countries closely follow the development and deployment of ITS in Australia, assessing our regulatory reviews, exploring innovations, and evaluating our on-road trials of connected and automated vehicles.

“The Report sets a benchmark for the industry and its messages and opportunities will be keenly read by the international ITS community.”

To download a copy of the ITS Post Congress Report, click here.

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