On 4 June, at the first session of the Kazan webinar series that promotes the city’s Digital Week Forum in September 21-24, leading key players in the transport industry, government and business representatives presented recent developments in the sector of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, laid out ERTICO-ITS Europe’s strategy and vision for mobility for 2030 and the interesting results gained thus far from the City Moonshot Initiative.

The webinar introduced participants to the state-of-the-art and prospects for ITS for developing, scientific, technical and commercial solutions and also presented innovative results from leading developers and operators in both the public and private sectors. The overall aim was to foster discussion on how to ensure digital mobility in modern cities. Speed and accessibility of travelling, as well as the safety and comfort of users are critical needs for modern society, and it is expected that the automation of transport will help solve existing challenges and give a higher level of mobility for all user groups.

Jacob Bangsgaard, ERTICO CEO pointed out at the webinar that the Russian cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk  were all interviewed as part of the City Moonshot Initiative. ‘The ERTICO City Moonshot is currently interviewing 300 cities across the world about their mobility needs and the challenges they face to implement new solutions to their service offering.’ said Mr Bangsgaard. ‘Thus far, key priorities for the cities interviewed were to upgrade public transport services, improve air quality, decarbonise city mobility and make roads safer.   This is real evidence of the objectives of our modern cities.’ He then explained how ERTICO is supporting the EU’s societal goals for 2030 and 2050 through stakeholder and project activities. ‘Our intention is to ensure that ERTICO activities contribute 1M tonnes in savings of CO2 by 2030. We also hope that the work we do in pushing forward smarter, more efficient and more innovative solutions in transport will contribute to saving the lives of 10,000 European citizens. There are challenges of course, such as congestion and air pollution, however we believe by working together we can make change happen.’

International Forum Kazan Digital Week 2021 takes place from September 21-24, 2021. Please find further information here.

See the full webinar here.