Hamburg is promoting its candidacy to host the Intelligent Transport Systems world congress in 2021 at the 23rd ITS congress presently underway in Melbourne from October 10-14, 2016. The city’s application in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is the focus of a trade fair stand in Melbourne.
Volkswagen partners Hamburg
Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, stressed: “We are banking on mobility to make traffic more efficient, safer and environment-friendly.” Volkswagen, as Hamburg’s partner in Melbourne, has also backed the city’s candidacy to host ITS 2021. Dorotheee Bär, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, visited the Hamburg stand Tuesday, and emphasised the importance of Hamburg’s application. Around 10,000 delegates attend the congress every year.
Last October, Hamburg announced its candidacy and has until February 2017 to submit the complete application. A decision will be reached in June 2017. During the fair in Melbourne, Hamburg is highlighting intelligent building site co-ordination as part of the Roadwork Administration and Decision System (ROADS) project using a software-support touch table. The objective is to link information ideally and to guarantee the efficiency of building projects and to prevent roadblocks.
Improving flow of traffic
The Hamburg stand is also highlighting Green4TransPORT in the Port of Hamburg. This connected mobility project focuses on V2X communication between cars and infrastructure like traffic lights or road signs to improve traffic. During the two-year project, traffic lights, bridges, railway crossings, lorries and ships were equipped with V2X technology. Green4Transport highlights how to make traffic flows more efficient, reduce emissions and increase safety. The Melbourne congress is a major part of Hamburg’s overall ITS strategy passed by the senate in late April.
Hamburg as a testing ground of autonomous driving
Horch said: “The German government’s support and that of innovative automobile companies like Volkswagen for our application lends even more dynamism to our efforts and attracts international attention.” The focus is now on presenting a strong German application with high performers in industry and commerce.
ITS is held every third year in Europe and meantime in America an Asia and attracts 15,000 visitors annually. Hamburg hopes to boost the introduction of ITS technologies, which can make a huge contribution to sustainable and efficient urban development, by hosting ITS in 2021.The city seeks to offer a testing environment for using forward-looking technologies with partners in commerce and science in future. The German government has named Hamburg a test region for connected and automated driving.