The Network of National ITS Associations met on 5-6 November in Bordeaux. The meeting was hosted by ATEC ITS France, and consisted of two days of interesting discussions.

The plenary meeting on the first day took on a new format with special interest topics and national presentations followed by updates on current Network activities. The special interest topic, ‘Port and hinterland traffic’ was presented by Mr Westermann from the Hamburg Port Authority. He gave an insight into the port of the future and specifically smartPORT Hamburg, the innovative project they are undertaking to deal with port and hinterland traffic.

In the context of national activities, Marije de Vreeze from Connekt ITS Netherlands gave a very interesting presentation on the Dutch ambition of Self driving cars, including the many activities they are undertaking to make autonomous driving a reality. In addition, Michael Sena from Allianz Telematics presented the exciting proposal to launch a European Marketplace Platform, thus providing one common mobility services eco-system for connected vehicles instead of many individual eco-systems for every car, truck and after-market system supplier.

On the second day ATEC ITS France organised a stimulating workshop on current ITS activities in France. Participants were able to learn about the SCOOP project, and specifically SCOOP@F pilot, a combined C-ITS deployment on roads and vehicles, on 5 French test sites from the perspective of the OEMs, PSA and Renault Engineering. SANEF ITS Technologies gave a useful insight into the technologies and services for Road User Charging in France whilst Media mobile illustrated how to make connected and broadcast services work together to improve traffic and travel services.

The Workshop was followed by two technical visits to the Chaban Delmas Bridge and the Tramway Regulation Center.