Global transport is facing unprecedented challenges to service delivery. Whilst governments step up efforts on climate change, city authorities are looking for ways to innovate through times of crisis, to balance passenger transport flows and the freight traffic essential for business and residents’ supplies. Citizens everywhere require reliable, affordable and personalised transport that meets their own needs and demands.

Fortunately, innovation in intelligent transport services (ITS) is enabling us to address these challenges.  Automated and Connected transport is demonstrating its potential to improve the quality of life, reduce fatalities and enhance the mobility and independence of millions.  Smart traffic management and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can significantly cut transport’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Major changes in the quality and availability of data are bringing new solutions, businesses and business models.

The next ITS World Congress, which will be held in Hamburg from 11 to 15 October 2021, will gather together thought leaders, developers and decision-makers from the automotive, public transport, logistics, IT, mobility and telecommunications sectors to exchange ideas on the mobility solutions of the future. Experts from around the world will present new solutions and services that benefit cities and citizens, and present how the disruptive impact of new technologies can be reduced by revising regulations to encourage safe, secure and socially accessible change.

Hamburg is the perfect location for this prestigious event: the host city is a European model for urban mobility and a renowned international port for freight and logistics.

The conference’s theme, Experience Future Mobility Now, matches the mission and vision Hamburg has been embracing over the last few years, since the adoption of an ITS Strategy in 2016. Hamburg has been using AI and other digital technologies to improve traffic flow, as well as engaging in several ITS initiatives with the goal of achieving ‘smart city’ status by 2050.

The Congress is ERTICO’s most powerful tool to connect people, processes, data to revolutionise world cities and communities and raise awareness amongst us all: policy makers, experts and the public alike.

ERTICO and the City of Hamburg are proud to offer such an occasion to learn, network and share solutions and ideas to bring us one step closer to smarter, user-friendly and more sustainable mobility, with a focus on digital as a key enabler to achieve the green transition and ensure the human-centric development of Artificial Intelligence.

The programme in Hamburg includes sessions about CAD, MaaS, Intelligent infrastructure, solutions for cities and citizens, complemented by an expansive exhibition area and a set of live demonstrations for a first-hand experience of the mobility of the future.

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