Hamburg won Tuesday its bid to host the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in 2021 after a delegation headed by Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, travelled to Montreal. The Ministry of Economics (BVWI) tweeted in the evening: “A decision has just been reached in Montreal on Hamburg as host of the (ITS) World Congress 2021!” The ITS Congress is the biggest of its kind and brings around 10,000 stakeholders from research, politics and commerce together.
Hamburg presented as a model of intelligent mobility
Hamburg is likely to receive a huge boost in innovation and to become Germany’s model city of intelligent transport and logistics. Emphasis will be on expanding car-sharing offers such as Car2go, DriveNow, electric buses and autonomous driving as well as improving links between the various transport systems. Diverse agreements on new concepts for both individual and public transport as well as in the Port of Hamburg and logistics have already been signed and will be presented during ITS 2021.
Commenting earlier on Hamburg’s application for the congress, Horch said: “We want to become Germany’s model city of intelligent mobility and logistics in the coming years. The use of cutting-edge technology and vast know-how will make traffic more accessible, safer, more efficient and environment-friendly for people in Hamburg. Hosting ITS gives us an opportunity to present our innovative strength to the world.” The German government has also backed Hamburg’s bid for this key congress.
Congratulations from Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce also congratulated the senate on the win. Tobias Bergmann, President of Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release Wednesday: “I’m delighted that Hamburg can now push ahead and become a global leader of intelligent traffic and transport systems. During the coming years, it will be crucial to test the future of urban mobility quickly in model projects with innovative companies in Hamburg.” That requires ambitious project planning and funding from the city.
Backing from entire sector
Hamburg had submitted an application on March 15, 2017 to ERTICO-ITS Europe Brussels to host the 2021 congress. ERTICO is a partnership of around 100 companies and institutions involved in the production of transport systems. Hamburg will co-operate with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and host the congress from October 11-15, 2021 in the refurbished Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), and on select streets. ITS regularly attracts over 10,000 delegates at the congress, the accompanying exhibitions, live demonstrations and talks on the latest developments in the intelligent transport sector. Hamburg’s candidacy has received 100 declarations of support from industry, research and associations and strong tailwind from beyond the city.