Sessions are a vital part of the ITS World Congress 2018. Under the theme “ITS - Quality of Life”, experts will have the opportunity to present the latest ITS solutions and mobility technologies. The Congress will be a momentum to show ground breaking results on how ITS solutions have created a positive impact for the citizens.
The City of Copenhagen strongly believes in employing ITS solutions. The driving ambition in Copenhagen is to become the first carbon-neutral city by 2025. ITS is definitely an important player in achieving this goal.
In this perspective, the City of Copenhagen sees Intelligent Transport Systems as an important means to help us improve traffic flow, promote cycling and enhance public transport. We believe that ITS is about finding solutions that are smarter, greener and healthier. The green agenda goes hand in hand with the citizens’ needs.
The International Programme Committee is pleased to present the six topics running through the three Congress pillars – Programme, Exhibition and Demonstrations:
With today’s permanent connectivity, increasing automation, big data and the Internet of Things a paradigm shift has begun for a new mobility. Mobility as a service (MaaS) promises users, providers, communities and policy makers a wide range of personalised and flexible services to support a better lifestyle. MaaS depends less on ownership and more on shared use but many services remain separate with little integration. Can MaaS help break down geographical, cultural, socio-economic and organisational borders? And can MaaS contribute to reducing congestion on the road network providing better mobility for all users in cities and rural areas? This topic will look at changes that are underway, review barriers to faster or further progress, and look at frameworks for widespread deployment of MaaS.
Everyone wants a clean, safe and sustainable environment coupled with jobs and a thriving economy for their city. ITS can help make transport more environmentally sustainable and safer, reducing not only its carbon footprint but also pollution and noise. How can ITS make cycling and walking more convenient and appealing as part of a more liveable city? Can ITS help reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles or accelerate electrification of the vehicle fleet? How can ITS support green, sustainable and effective traffic management? Why is road user charging not more widespread? Can innovative transport solutions and traffic management influence choices made by individuals, businesses & authorities while improving quality of life and addressing climate change?
Major steps towards implementation of connected & automated transport are being taken now and in many places with pilot projects, testing, and the setting up of Living Labs . In the longer term substantial benefits are expected for accessibility to transport, safety, traffic flow, emissions, fuel use and comfort. But highly connected and automated vehicles might increase the demand for road capacity and increase traffic congestion. Many questions remain: which business models will drive deployment – public, private or mixed initiatives? What needs to be done to ensure seamless and interoperable automated transport? How can a mix of automated and non-automated vehicles be managed during the transition to full deployment?
How can ITS help to achieve smarter freight transport and logistics? How might rail and road infrastructure cope with traffic growth associated with the new generation of mega-container vessels? How can ITS ease the coexistence of passengers and goods in urban and interurban environments while improving throughput for both? What role might automated vehicles play? How can we offer seamless multi-modal solutions to customers and differentiate solutions for differing needs? What are the options for “last mile” delivery?
Satellite technologies for communications, positioning and sensing from space can deliver seamless and affordable connectivity for infrastructure, vehicles, goods and travellers. Combined with sensor based systems they bring robustness, reliability and scalability to the positioning and navigation elements of autonomous vehicles. Environmental and infrastructure monitoring powered from space can extend the capabilities of terrestrial systems . This topic will review the technologies and services available now or in the near future and explore how to promote the usability, affordability and availability of space-based contributions to key ITS challenges.
Physical transport infrastructure changes slowly as modifications are invariably difficult, expensive and unpopular. By contrast digital networks can be amended relatively easily. However we are now seeing a combination of the virtual and the real – digital and physical – that has enormous potential. New and open data sources such as connected or highly automated vehicles can give new information on network loading, travellers’ origins and travellers’ destinations from which we can develop predictive, rather than reactive, network management strategies. How can we make best use of the new opportunities? What kinds of solutions can help overcome the organisational, commercial and social boundaries between transport networks and modes? Will networks evolve naturally to support a higher quality of life? How will users benefit from network developments?
Today people, goods, services and financial transactions cross borders on a daily basis. ITS and smart mobility solutions can facilitate and smooth the transition between local, regional and country borders with different standards for infrastructure, vehicle equipment, and travel & traffic management. Interoperability and harmonisation become more and more essential with rapid development of digitalised services when crossing borders or even crossing modes or transport in a cross-border MaaS service. Making this work becomes an extremely important cornerstone in achieving intelligent green mobility. This topic will look at how smart mobility solutions work in practice – how can ITS support seamless crossing of borders? How can freight transport, private and public transport, cycling and walking function together to provide a unique balance of green mobility? How can harmonised cross border systems stimulate the dynamics between different regions, including how advanced logistics help the harbour meet the city? The topic “Cross-border mobility solutions” supports the “ITS – Quality of Life” theme making travel and commute across borders easier for people, goods, services and capital’ Sessions around this topic are organised by the Network of ITS National Associations in Europe and the City of Copenhagen.