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Hamburg submits application for ITS 2021

Widespread economic support for Hamburg's efforts to become testing ground for new technologies and automated driving

A self-driving robot for package delivery was just one aspect of Hamburg’s application submitted Wednesday (March 15) in Brussels to host the 2021 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). 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.

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 working on the implementation of 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 year.

Hamburg – a model of intelligent mobility and logistics

Alexander Dobrindt, Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said: “Germany is a pioneer of ‘Mobility 4.0’. Hamburg is a hub of logistics and economics and makes an important contribution to this with innovative transport technology, a leading maritime port and an efficient transport network. Hamburg is the ideal venue for the ITS World Congress 2021.” Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Traffic and Innovation, stressed: “Over the coming years, we wish to become Germany’s model city of intelligent mobility and logistics. The use of modern technologies and broad know-how will make traffic more accessible, safer, more efficient and environment-friendly for people. Hosting the ITS congress offers an opportunity to present our innovative power to the world.”

Candidacy announced in 2015

Hamburg has submitted extensive documentation as part of the so-called bid book, which remains confidential owing to the competitive situation. ITS is held every third year in Europe and meantime in America and Asia. The congress attracts around 15,000 visitors annually. The accompanying programme of exhibitions, live demonstrations and exchanges on the latest developments in intelligent transport systems and services is likely to prove a big, visitor draw.

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, Dobrindt signed an agreement in support of Hamburg’s candidacy in City Hall. The Hamburg stand at the World Congress in Melbourne last October highlighted intelligent building site co-ordination as part of the Roadwork Administration and Decision System (ROADS) project to link information ideally and to guarantee the efficiency of building projects and to prevent roadblocks. The stand also emphasised Green4TransPORT focusing on V2X communication between cars and infrastructure such as traffic lights or road signs to improve traffic in the Port of Hamburg.

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