Hamburg is presenting itself as a “City of Solutions” for intelligent transport and logistics at the ITS European Congress underway since Monday (June 19-22, 2017) in Strasbourg. Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, is expected to attend the Mayors’ Summit during the congress on June 21. Then, mayors and ministers of transport from all over Europe will discuss fields of application for digital technologies with the aim of achieving and improving sustainable, efficient urban transport.
Horch said: “We want to show Europe Hamburg’s aim of becoming a model city of intelligent mobility and logistics and that we are developing such solutions. They will make traffic more accessible, safer, more efficient and environment-friendly for people in Hamburg.”
The senator also invited people to visit the ITS Germany stand where Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Volkswagen AG, Nordsys GmbH, Fraunhofer ESK, SatNav-Forum, SAENA GmbH, GEVAS software GmbH, T-Systems International GmbH, Continental AG are present as well.
Hamburg aiming to host ITS World Congress
Hamburg submitted an application on March 15, 2017 to ERTICO-ITS Europe Brussels to host the 2021 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). ERTICO is a partnership of around 100 companies and institutions involved in the production of transport systems. If successful, the city’s application in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure would see it host the biggest congress of this kind from October 11-15, 2021 in the refurbished Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), and on select streets. The candidacy has already received 100 declarations of support from industry, research and associations and strong tailwind from beyond the city. During the coming years, Hamburg seeks to become a testing ground for implementing forward-looking technologies with partners in commerce and science. A decision on Hamburg’s bid to host ITS will be announced by an international committee in Montreal this October.
Horch announced Hamburg’s bid to host the congress in October 2015 and last April, the senate agreed on the “ITS Strategy for Hamburg”. Last September, Alexander Dobrindt, Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, signed an agreement in support of Hamburg’s candidacy in City Hall.