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Hamburg deepens efforts towards intelligent transport

City signs agreement with Here Technologies - decision on ITS World Congress in November

The City of Hamburg has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HERE Technologies to deepen efforts towards intelligent transport, a press release said Friday (September 15, 2017). The partners will collaborate in diverse fields and conduct joint projects aimed at sustainable transport, greater safety in traffic and reducing noise and pollution by improving traffic flows across Hamburg.

Collaboration in autonomous driving

HERE is a leading provider of digital maps and local services. As part of the agreement, Hamburg will give the company access to information about local public transport such as building sites, big events and parking spaces. The agreement also foresees collaborating to implement autonomous driving in urban spaces. Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, said: “The partnership supports our aim to make Hamburg a model of cutting-edge transport solutions and to make traffic more efficient, pleasant and eco-friendly for citizens. We want to offer companies that wish to develop intelligent applications in our city a good testing ground.”

Pushing ahead with sustainable transport

The database would allow both partners to develop services for road users and help them choose the best means of transport. Leon van de Pas, Senior Vice President, Internet of Things at HERE Technologies, said: “The progressive location-based technology relying on digital maps holds enormous potential to make transport more efficient, safer and sustainable for citizens. We are delighted by partnerships with forward-looking cities such as Hamburg that demonstrate the positive impact of our technology on urban living.“

Hamburg’s bid for ITS World Congress

A self-driving robot for package delivery was just one aspect of Hamburg’s application submitted in March to host the 2021 Intelligent Transport Systems. ERTICO-ITS Europe is a partnership of around 100 companies and institutions involved in the production of such 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. A decision on Hamburg’s bid to host ITS will be announced by an international committee in Montreal in November.

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