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?