ITS European Congress.

Strasbourg, France, 19–22 June 2017. Europe's leading event for intelligent transport specialists.

 
 

Topics

1. Mobility services – from transport to mobility

For many years transport has been provided to a binary model – either as a public utility or by personally owned vehicles. With today’s permanent connectivity, increasing automation, big data and Internet of Things are we ready to adopt a new paradigm of mobility of people and goods? What can mobility as a service (MaaS) offer, for users and for providers? The new mobility may depend less on ownership and more on shared use of vehicles, but many services remain separate with little integration. Who will integrate and coordinate transport services to users, how will they be organised? Can MaaS help break down geographical, social and organisational borders? This topic will look at changes that are underway, review barriers to faster or further progress and outline a framework for widespread deployment of MaaS.

Subtopics:

a. the changing role of public transport
b. creating, sharing and exploiting mobility information
c. information integration and platforms
d. innovative transport services
e. business models – who pays what?
f. smart ticketing and payment
g. overcoming barriers and borders

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2. Next generation goods delivery

Population and economic growth are putting increased pressure on networks, with demands not just for more people movement but also for the carriage of goods inward and outwards. How to ease the coexistence of people and goods in the urban, interurban and cross border environment? Can we change the current equilibrium and overcome its constraints? Will a growth in electromobility and autonomous vehicles significantly change freight delivery? What needs to change and who needs to do what?

Subtopics

a. optimising use and management of infrastructure
b. linking urban freight & logistics with long-distance networks
c. management of traffic, parking & goods loading/unloading
d. access control, road use charging, freight vehicle priority
e. the port of the future & goods multimodality
f. data requirements and business models for smart urban freight
g. towards the “Internet of Freight”

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3. Transport networks evolution

Transport infrastructures are slow to evolve as demand changes and traffic network management is difficult because the demand is not easily predicted and reliable information on travellers’ origins and destinations is rare. Traffic and transport network is adding the virtual to the real, the digital to the physical. How can we take advantage of new and open data sources, the deployment of connected vehicles, the availability of the Internet of Things and Open Data? Will future network management strategies be able to bring closer integration of all modes of transport within and between urban, inter-urban and crossing border networks? What kinds of solutions can help overcome the organisational, commercial and social boundaries between transport networks and modes?

Subtopics

a. active network operation
b. organisational and business models
c. incident management and prevention
d. coordination of transport modes, interfaces, interchanges & intermodal integration
e. priority for emergency vehicles, public and freight transport
f. traffic management 2.0 – towards fully digital and cooperative
g. cross border issues and solutions

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4. Connected and automated transport

Developments in technology are supporting the introduction of higher levels of automation that promise to transform transport systems everywhere with impacts on vehicles, infrastructure, mobility needs management and services for users. Major steps towards implementation are happening now with pilot projects, individual testing, and the setting up of Living Labs in many places. In the longer term we look for substantial benefits for safety, traffic flow, emissions, fuel use and comfort. Nevertheless, many questions remain along the path towards highly automated vehicles. Towards which Business models for deployment are we going; public, private or mixed initiative? How can we ensure continuity and interoperability of the infrastructure needed to support automated transport?

Contributions are welcome that explore the challenges and present potential solutions.

Subtopics

a. digital infrastructure
b. technology aspects including mapping, positioning and cyber security
c. institutional, legal and governance frameworks; liability; privacy
d. evaluation and validation frameworks; FOTs; certification and reliability
e. applications (e.g. fully automated vehicles, platooning, automated parking; automation for public transport, etc.)
f. behavioural aspects and human factors; user acceptance
g. business models for deployment
h. interoperability; cross border issues and solutions

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5. Satellite technology applied to mobility

Today’s travellers expect connected services to be available everywhere, 24/7within a country but also whenever they cross borders. Satellite technologies for communications, positioning (GNSS) and sensing from space (earth observation) can deliver seamless and affordable connectivity for both infrastructure and vehicles. GNSS combined with sensor based systems brings robustness, reliability and scalability to the positioning and navigation elements of autonomous vehicles. Environmental and infrastructure monitoring has never been easier when powered from space. This topic will review satellite technologies available now or in the near future and ask “how should we promote the usability, affordability and availability of space-based contributions to key ITS challenges?” Is real-time traffic monitoring by satellite science-fiction or a real possibility?

Subtopics

a. vehicle–infrastructure connectivity using cellular and satellite communications
b. integration of terrestrial and satellite communications (urban, interurban, rural,…)
c. mapping and sensing from space
d. state-of-the-art, robust and affordable positioning systems
e. earth observation satellites including satellite-based environment and air quality monitoring

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6. ITS and the environment

Citizens want a clean, safe and sustainable environment, but they also want jobs and a thriving economy for their city. Can the conflicting mobility needs for people’s quality of life & for the economy be reconciled, and how can ITS help? Contributions on this topic will explore how ITS can be used to minimise the environmental impact of transport, and how innovative transport solutions and traffic management can improve the mobility of people and goods without imposing on people’s needs for a higher quality of life. Contributions are especially welcome presenting successful cases where ITS systems and services have supported environmental transport goals.

Subtopics

a. caring about CO2 – increasing sustainability awareness & changing behaviour of people & businesses
b. effective mobility policies, measures & solutions low car-use scenarios
c. sustainable urban mobility targets, business roles, solutions
d. solutions for managing/preserving air quality in urban areas
e. evaluation methods and tools for sustainability issues

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7. Freestyle – Your new idea

Your contribution doesn’t fit easily with any of the above Topics? Then Freestyle is the topic for your unconventional concepts and bright new ideas. We know transport and mobility are changing radically, and want to make space for new visions for ITS, and to host the most innovative ITS Congress yet. You can submit a provocative paper or a special interest session with enhanced interaction between speakers and the audience. Submissions will be judged on their “wow!” factor, their feasibility and impact, and the evidence of commitment by organiser and speakers.

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