From 17 to 21 September 2018, the ITS World Congress is hosted at Bella Center in Copenhagen. It is the world’s largest international congress for intelligent transport systems (ITS). The congress expects to welcome more than 4,000 delegates, 10,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors from around the world. The citizens of Copenhagen are invited to Public Day on Thursday 20 September.
The City of Copenhagen is the proud host of the 25th ITS World Congress, when it comes to Copenhagen. The Congress is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe, ITS America, ITS Asia-Pacific and the European Commission, and will showcase the latest and most cutting-edge Danish and international ITS solutions. The overall theme of the congress is “ITS – Quality of Life”, and the Congress will provide concrete answers to how intelligent transport systems improve the quality of life for both road users and citizen.
Thursday 20 September 2018 is Public Day, where the citizens of Copenhagen are invited to the congress. Access is free to the exhibition as well as the 12 chosen demonstration projects, where citizens will have the opportunity to experience the newest emerging technologies in the field of intelligent transport systems.
One of the greatest new products demonstrated will be the world’s first driverless taxi, which is still under development. Visitors will also be able to board the driverless shuttle from the Bella Center Metro station or try the intelligent bus, which will be sent on an obstacle course through the jungle where it will have to prove its ability to avoid obstacles by maneuvering around gorillas and tigers.
‘We have chosen a series of demonstration projects that showcase the newest technologies in intelligent transport systems solutions. We are proud to present everything from driverless cars, taxis and buses to intelligent equipment for bicycles. The Public Day is important to us so that the citizens get involved in the development of new and better solutions for use in traffic. These are solutions that are more environmentally friendly and contribute to a better quality of life for Copenhageners,’ says Steffen Rasmussen, Head of Projects in The Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen.
The Danish Industry Foundation has supported the ITS World Congress by donating over half a million Danish Crowns to be used primarily for the demonstration projects.
‘It has been the Foundation’s wish to provide innovative ITS companies with the opportunity to showcase their newest technologies and products at the World Congress. This will facilitate the growth and export of green transport solutions. At the same time, it is important for us that there is interaction with the citizens, and that we see the citizens’ response to the new technology and whether they adopt the technology for daily use,’ says Mads Lebech, CEO at the Danish Industry Foundation.