ITS World Congress opens in Hamburg

World's largest industry event on intelligent traffic and transport systems brings mobility of future to life - October 11-15
11 October 2021
Mobilität Symbolbild

The ITS World Congress opened its doors Monday in Hamburg under the theme of “Experience Future Mobility Now" and after the official opening by Dr Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg. Intelligent mobility could save up to 25 million tonnes of CO2 in Germany alone, Bitkom’s "Climate Effects of Digitalisation" study recently concluded, and highlighted the CO2 savings potential of digital technologies. Around 400 exhibitors from all corners of the globe are presenting the latest trends and developments in intelligent mobility, networked transport and smart logistics in the new CCH exhibition halls and at various venues across the city. Around 10,000 delegates are expected at the leading Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) event through Friday (October 15, 2021). The goal of the ITS, to which only vaccinated or recovered individuals are being admitted, is to let everyone experience innovative mobility concepts.

Forward-looking mobility 

Speaking at the opening, Tschentscher noted: “Hamburg is showing the mobility of the future at the ITS World Congress. That includes autonomous driving in real operations, smart traffic management on the streets and the rails, and digital services that make our mobility simpler, more efficient and environment-friendlier." Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Transition, added: “The goal is clear. People in Hamburg should benefit from the ITS Congress and the projects it introduces in the long term. For this reason, we are further developing the ITS strategy and our goals for 2030. We want to seize the opportunities offered by digitalization to protect the climate and achieve the mobility transition."

The congress is a milestone of the ITS strategy adopted by the senate in 2016 through 2030. Hamburg has positioned itself as a model of mobility and logistics solutions in metropolitan regions with collaborations between stakeholders in commerce and science.  The city has selected 42 so-called anchor projects out of more than 170 ITS projects, which can be experienced live during the congress.

Innovations, live demos and start-ups

Around 400 national and international exhibitors are presenting their ideas and solutions for intelligent traffic and transport systems in Halls B3, B4, B5 and B7. Technical demonstrations can be experienced up close in the 4,000 square metre Hall (B2). Over 40 fledgling companies in the Start-up Area in Hall B3 are showcasing their latest developments. Meanwhile, experts from all over the world are exchanging ideas in Hall B6. The opening and closing events as well as all panel discussions are taking place in the reopened CHH.  Multipliers from science, business and politics are among the many experts in the specialist programme. The ITS World Congress will open its doors on Public Day (October 14, 2021) to residents of Hamburg and the metropolitan region.