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ITS World Congress webinar series concludes with a focus on CCAM

Cooperative, Connected, and Automated Mobility (CCAM) encompasses a range of technologies that connect and automate transportation systems, promising to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability in urban and rural environments.  But, as the latest ERTICO World Congress webinar explained, to deliver it, there are remaining challenges around technological integration, infrastructure modernisation, legal frameworks, cybersecurity and public trust.

The webinar hosted by ERTICO on 27 June was the final one in a series of three focusing on the main themes of the 30th ITS World Congress in Dubai this September. In this webinar, “CCAM – more than the sum of its parts”, experts from Belgium, the UAE, United Kingdom, USA and Japan delved into some of the intricacies of Cooperative, Connected, and Automated Mobility, and the journey from innovation to real-world deployment.

Stephane Dreher, Lead of CCAM at ERTICO-ITS Europe lead the debate, setting the scene by explaining that as well as being in the spotlight in Dubai, CCAM is one of the main areas that ERTICO is working on.  The vision is that, by 2025, there are operational CCAM services integrated in the current transport system that are, he said, “accepted, inclusive and supported by infrastructure in order to achieve the policy goals of the European Commission in terms of decarbonisation and safety.”

Picking up on the European strategy, Max Lemke, Head of the IoT unit at the European Commission’s DG CONNECT directorate, explained that the vehicle of the future will be electric, connected, autonomous – or at least featuring a degree of automation – and it will be shared, which means a big disruption for the industry.  He warned that this comes with technological challenges, explaining: “We see the lines of software code increasing, I would say exponentially, and that means productivity in software engineering is a key issue.  There’s a lack of talent, lack of resources and low productivity because we have to customise everything.”  He talked about different ways components are supplied and used, how value chains are changing and how vehicles become “smartphones on wheels” and must be affordable, before detailing how Europe is delivering its innovation strategy, and how the European culture is delivering with safety.

CCAM vehicles now have around a hundred million lines of code, and may need a billion lines by 2030.  “It’s staggering,” commented Dr Steve Dellenback, Vice President R&D at the Southwest Research Institute asking, “Does that code work, how do you test it? How do you make sure it works in all different scenarios?”  He warned about the management of expectations from the public around operational performance and safety adding: “If we’re truly going to be getting to 500 million or a billion lines of code, we are kidding ourselves if we think that these vehicles are going to be perfect. And so part of the discussion we need to be having moving forward is at what cost are we willing to deploy this technology, we can’t sell it as simply being crashless, that’s not going to be true to our travelling public.”

Far from being a thing of the future, Cooperative, Connected, and Automated Mobility is now a reality in countless places around the world. Updating the audience with developments in Japan, Senior Vice President of ITS Japan Ryota Shirato described two development paths of automated driving.  One is for logistics and mobility services, with a faster path to fully automated solutions in certain environments, and the other for privately owned vehicles which moves to automation slower but across general roads.  He gave an overview to two projects, the RoAD to L4, leading to unstaffed autonomous driving services, and about initiatives related to initial investment support in year-round operations on public roads implemented at around 100 locations this year.  “Most of the field tests are still Level Two [autonomy],” he commented. “This is expected to expand to Level Four, and – this is my personal opinion – that is still achievable.”

Further real-world solutions are being highlighted by the Australian-New Zealand autonomous vehicle manufacturer Ohmio, which is expanding its operations into Europe.  Robert Sykora, its Director for Europe, gave a case study of air-side deployments including one moving staff at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. “This is challenging because we have limited GNSS reception close to the apron,” he said. “Vehicles that are driving around here are driven under time pressure, so the traffic is really challenging and access to airside is really strictly regulated.”  He explained how they have achieved the transportation of crew from the crew centre to the apron where the aircraft is parked, and back again.

With the World Congress taking place in Dubai, the sheer scale of CCAM ambition and deployment will be on show to all visitors in September.  Dr Ismail Zohdy, who is an expert on Future and Innovative Mobility at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority highlighted what he called Dubai’s unique strategy, with a vision to achieve 25 per cent of trips to be autonomous by 2030.

He talked about something key to World Congresses – delivering solutions across borders.  “The challenges we had were how to localise the technology,” he said.  “So as part of the process here in Dubai, we tried to do balance technique… We are more into evaluating the use cases, not the technology itself. So, whenever the technology is compatible with our environment, we will accept it.”

All these speakers will be attending and presenting at the ITS World Congress in Dubai from 16 to 20 September.  An early-bird rate for delegate passes is available until 15 July at itsworldcongress.com.

You can watch this webinar in full on the ERTICO YouTube channel by clicking here.

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ITS Nationals Network’s new chair takes up his role

Europe’s Network of National ITS Associations (ITS Nationals) has elected Dónal Hodgins for a two-year period as its Chair.

The former chair of ITS Ireland is a Senior Engineer (Head of Sustainable Transport & Traffic Management) at Kildare County Council.  He was elected following a vote by the 30 members of the organisation, which has an objective to ensure that ITS knowledge and information is transmitted to all ITS organisations across the region.

Alongside Mr Hodgins, Marc Verhage of Connekt in the Netherlands has been elected to the position of vice-chair of the network.  Both are current members of the coordination committee and took up their roles on 1 July.

Outgoing chair Günther Weber welcomed the news saying: “My warmest congratulations to Dónal and Marc for being unanimously elected as Chair and Vice Chair of ITS Nationals.  I am really happy that both got a strong vote – a confirmation of their work to date, Dónal as vice-chair and Marc as member of the coordination committee.  Together Dónal and Marc are part of a strong and committed team that will lead ITS Nationals into the next steps of its exciting evolution.  Many thanks to both, in particular to Dónal, for the valuable and successful work to date, and all the best for a successful next period. For me, it was always a pleasure and very inspiring to work with Dónal and Marc.”

The new chair Dónal Hodgins paid tribute to Günther for his role in leading the ITS Nationals over the past four years especially throughout the period of the global pandemic. “I would like to acknowledge and thank Günther for his steadfast support for both myself and all the national ITS organisations belonging to the ITS Nationals. He leaves the group in an improved situation ready to face the challenges of the years ahead.”.

Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of the ITS Nationals, he added that he is “deeply honoured to be elected to this esteemed position and am excited for Marc and myself to add to the honourable tradition of the previous title holders.  This is particularly important as we continue to re-energise the Network and place it at the forefront of promoting ITS.”

When asked what his vision for ITS Nationals is, Mr Hodgins committed to: “setting out a pathway for a sustainable ITS Nationals entity that is independent, inclusive, equitable and one that provides a variety of benefits for all national organisations and our thousands of members.  I wish to continue to build up our capacity to provide improved cooperation, collaboration, and communication between the national ITS organisations and provide the members of each national organisations with tangible benefits.”

The Network of National ITS Associations will continue to work with ERTICO to support cooperation between the two entities and improve cohesiveness between ITS stakeholders across the continent and globally.

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“Thought Leadership Journeys” webinar series

ERTICO – ITS Europe is launching a new initiative within its Partnership – the “Thought Leadership Journeys” webinar series.

Members and partners of its network, including those from the ITS Nationals Network, are invited to join us the first edition titled “EU Mobility Shift: Navigating the Transition Pathway”.

Scheduled for 29 April 2024 from 12:30-13:30 (CET), this webinar marks a significant stride in fostering collaboration and innovation across the European mobility landscape. Through engaging discussions, esteemed speakers from various sectors will delve into strategies, challenges, and opportunities in navigating the transition pathway within the European mobility sector. 

Kindly register here by 25 April to reserve your spot and actively participate in this transformative dialogue.

Keynote Address:
Lorena Ionita, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission, will share valuable insights into the collaborative development of the “Transition Pathway” report recently launched by the European Commission.

Speakers:
Joost Vantomme, CEO of ERTICO, will highlight the significance of the EU mobility industrial ecosystem and ERTICO’s role in facilitating dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders.Dr Stefan Dreher, ERTICO Senior I&D Manager, will showcase relevant ERTICO projects and initiatives fostering innovation and competitiveness in the automotive industry.Stefan Deix, Director of EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D, will provide insights into mobility transition pathways from the automotive OEM perspective.

Moderator:
Agne Vaitekenaite, Partnership Development Manager at ERTICO, will facilitate the interactive Q&A session, allowing participants to engage directly with the speakers and delve deeper into the topics discussed.

This webinar presents a unique opportunity for industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to collectively shape the future of mobility in Europe. 

ITS Nationals Network appoints three new members to Coordination Committee

The Network of National ITS Associations (ITS Nationals) has elected representatives from Bulgaria, Italy and the Netherlands to its Coordination Committee.

The committee leads the strategy and direction of the group, which aims to ensure that ITS knowledge and information is transmitted to all its members across the network and works closely with ERTICO – ITS Europe.

The new members of the Coordination Committee are: Laura Franchi from TTS Italia, Marc Verhage representing Connekt (ITS Netherlands) and Elena Elenakova of BITSA (Bulgarian ITS Association).  They join for two years, replacing Benoit Augarde of ITS France, ITS Estonia’s Maarja Rannama and Marco Forsblom from ITS Finland whose terms ended in December 2023.

The Network is chaired by Günther Weber of ITS Germany, supported by Vice Chair Dónal Hodgins from ITS Ireland.  The committee also includes ITS Austria’s Martin Russ alongside ITS Nationals Ambassador Jennie Martin, formerly of ITS UK and ERTICO’s CEO Joost Vantomme.  Paul Hutton of Highways News supports the organisation’s communications in a voluntary capacity.

“Firstly, I would like to give a big thank you to Benoit, Maarja and Marko, and before him Sani Remonen from ITS Finland, for their very hard work and support over the last two years,” commented Mr Weber.  “This year marks the 20th birthday of the ITS Nationals Network, and we welcome Elena, Laura and Marc as we look to expand our support for the industry across Europe.  All three put forward compelling cases to support our work raising awareness of ITS, and their enthusiasm is bound to have a really positive effect on all we do.”

“As we reflect on our 20-year anniversary, ITS Nationals is redefining our role in the international community,” added Mr Hodgins.  “Welcoming our new members into the committee will help bring fresh ideas to help continuously improve the cooperation between, and support for, our members.  Working in partnership with ERTICO, we can deliver positive benefits for all our national organisations and their members, at a local, national and international level and boost the integration of technology and transport.”

The ITS Nationals Network is supporting a series of events and initiatives across the year including a Plenary meeting during April’s Intertraffic Amsterdam and active participation at Special Interest Sessions at the ITS World Congress in Dubai in September.

(Picture, L-R, Laura, Marc and Elena, courtesy ITS Nationals Network)

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