Oct 28, 2021
In the week from October 11 to 15, 2021, a group of experts met in Hamburg to discuss intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Under the motto "Experience Future Mobility now", the participants discussed, presented and explored.
Around 13,000 conference participants, 400 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors of the Public Day gathered information about the future of mobility during their visit of the ITS World Congress in Hamburg. This year's congress focused, among other topics, on smart, connected, automated mobility, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), intelligent infrastructure solutions, and the services offered by cities to their citizens. The venue Hamburg is a pioneer in ITS solutions and already provides intelligent, connected and automated mobility concepts with more than 170 projects. In addition to the conference presentations and exhibition booths, many mobility solutions were therefore available for visitors to test and "experience" in real-life situations. A lot has happened since the ITS World Congress in Singapore in 2019: With the HEAT research project in Hamburg, the Hanseatic city was also in a position to demonstrate that autonomous buses are able to make an important contribution to road safety and that implementation is progressing further.
Under the auspices of ITS Austria, Austria was once again represented on site with a joint stand. Together with their partners the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), ASFINAG Maut Service, AIT GmbH, Alp.Lab, Salzburg Research, Digitrans, Wegfinder and AustriaTech, Austria presented ITS activities at the national level. In addition to the main focus of the company, AustriaTech was also pleased to present numerous projects and their results on site: The C-Roads project, whose roll-out started in spring, was very well received. The visitors of the exhibition stand received valuable information about the activities on the European continent. Alexander Frötscher, Technical Advisor at AustriaTech, presented the current results of the FRAME NEXT project and the ITS Framework Architecture which was developed there. But also the networked, digital and automated mobility found great appeal among the visitors. Wolfram Klar, team leader for automated mobility and safety at AustriaTech, emphasized: "The exchange with colleagues from different projects is an essential part of a good cooperation. At last, we were also able to discuss upcoming activities in person. We were therefore pleased to meet partners from the SHOW and AWARD projects, among others, to talk about the successful collaboration so far and to discuss future activities."
The projects LinkingAlps and OJP4Danube were represented on site as well. Daniela Gamper, Team Leader DTI Trends & Technology at AustriaTech expressed her delight: "Through the international appearance, I was able to collect a lot of information and new incentives from other projects." As part of the congress and thanks to numerous opportunities to exchange information across Austria's borders, the topic of Mobility as a Service was approached from different angles and a common definition of the term MaaS was discussed. Furthermore, the ICT4CART closing event also took place on Friday as part of the ITS World Congress, where the results of the project were recapitulated.