ITS World Congress Concluded After Welcoming the Intelligent Transportation Community for Product Launches, Technical Demonstrations and Collaboration on Future Advances

The 2017 ITS World Congress, the premier event in the field of Intelligent Transportation which staged October 29 –  November 2, served as the gathering place for the entire intelligent transportation community. This annual reunion gives experts the opportunity to collaborate and discuss the future of reliability, safety, equal access and dynamic user experience as it relates to integrated mobility innovations and transportation advances that are poised to transform transportation logistics in the future.

The City of Montréal was a welcoming and gracious host to delegates from around the world who traveled to join the annual Intelligent Transportation Society in the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Delegations in attendance included ITS Norway, ITS Australia, ITS Japan, ITS Canada, ITS Singapore and ITS Taiwan all on hand to lend their talents to the advancement of technology set to make roads safer and transportation efficient, These professionals added to the more the thousands industry experts, thought leaders and attendees who joined this year’s event.

Day one of the show commenced with opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting followed by the plenary session, and a full schedule for the week which featured essential education opportunities, the introduction of powerful technical papers, interactive demos and dynamic speakers.

Key show elements included, the Smart Cities Pavilion which focused on how policy can advance the future of integrated mobility solutions, including ground-breaking innovations in traffic management, roadways, rail, parking, bike share, car share, transit, traveler information, connected and autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, smart security, and smart energy. Five cities were featured in this area including, Montréal Canada, Singapore, Copenhagen, Denmark, Columbus, Ohio and Christchurch, New Zealand.

Interactive demonstrations took place on and off the show floor throughout the five days meant to showcase ITS technology and putt attendees in the driver seat to experience the latest innovations first hand. For a full list visit http://itsworldcongress2017.org/demonstrations/.

As part of ITS World Congress 2017, a number of technical tours featuring local transportation facilities and/or projects were available to registered event attendees. These tours provided interested attendees and media access to the most cutting-edge technology already in use today. Visit http://itsworldcongress2017.org/tours/ for a list of sites visited.

Expert speakers shared their vision for the future of integrated transportation:

  • Christopher Hart, the immediate past Chairman and current board member of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. discussed why autonomous vehicles will prevent accidents and save lives, and how lessons from the aviation industry, as it moved to computerization of the cockpit, can be applied to cars and trucks.
  • Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau eloquently spoke on ITS World Congress on October 31, sharing his vision and plan for Canada’s transportation system through Transportation 2030. 
  • Governor Rick Snyder currently serves the State of Michigan and Detroit, the Motor City, which is steeped in automotive history and strong ties to the auto industry. The Governor discussed the leading national role the state is actively taking in the research and development of autonomous vehicles.

This year’s event closed with Procurement Day which welcomed agencies from around the world to provide presentations highlighting their upcoming 2017-2018 procurement opportunities. Agencies representing the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East will be on hand to describe future ITS procurements and timelines. Each agency had 45 minutes to present, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, allowing private sector companies to glean important information to help them successfully navigate the business opportunities that exist within the countries, states, regions or cities represented.

ITS World Congress 2018 will be hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark, September 17-21.