Lisbon, Tuesday 22 May. On the second day of the 15th ITS European Congress, ERTICO – ITS Europe and ITS Korea signs a new strategic bilateral partnership to strengthen the international cooperation in promoting the uptake and benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) across both regions. In support of the cooperative aim for this newly minted partnership, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between the parties aim to bridge the knowledge gap and strengthen the international scope of research, planning, promotion and deployment. Within this framework, ITS professionals, users and stakeholders from both sides will benefit from a more profound understanding of ITS to further enhance the development and deployment in their respective regions.

“We are thrilled to welcome this new partnership with ITS Korea. Our joint cooperative approach will enrich both networks, and allow for more connections across the mobility ecosystem between the two regions. This is a key pillar for ERTICO and our Partnership, as well as the National ITS Associations (ITS Nationals) in Europe,” says Joost Vantomme, CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe. “As a thought leader, we are pleased to continue our work together with ITS Korea to exchange knowledge and information for technical publications on ITS standards and national ITS implementation plans, and to support our industry members”.

The strategic partnership will foster further knowledge sharing expertise for the benefit of the broader ITS community of professionals and industry, as well as the general public. Dr Johanna Tzanidaki, Chief Innovation Officer at ERTICO – ITS Europe, remarks, “We are really looking forward to this new extended collaboration with ITS Korea. Innovation and deployment is at the very heart of ERTICO and together with our Partners, we strive to connect with like-minded organisations to facilitate and promote exchange of best practices, research activities and training cooperation”.

For future cooperation in innovation and deployment of projects, both slides will work on four areas of co-operation to support both private and public sectors in sharing ITS development experiences. Conducting joint technology trials and research programmes are examples of the forthcoming activities, as well as promotion of the ITS World Congresses organised by both sides.