ITS World Congress
ITS World Congress Copenhagen 2018
For five days in September, Hamburg presented itself at the 25th World Congress for Intelligent Traffic and Transportation Systems (ITS) in Copenhagen. While current projects were presented by the BWVI Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation, Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Hamburg Verkehrsanlagen GmbH, the city-owned ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH is trying to find cooperation partners, sponsors and visitors for the 2021 World Congress in Hamburg.
On 19 September, State Secretary Dr. Torsten Sevecke hosted a reception for current and future cooperation partners. Hamburg Invest took part in a networking event for startups. Under the slogan “Quality of Life”, the Danish capital hosted a trade fair and a convention that was attended by thousands of visitors and hundreds of organisations from more than 100 different countries. They learned about topics like mobility services, environmental protection, automatic and interconnected driving, city logistics, satellite technology and transgressive mobility networks.
Next to city representatives, the 225 sqm area at the trade fair offered enough room for 12 different companies and organisations from all parts of Germany. Among them were the Volkswagen Group, that has maintained a strategic partnership with the city of Hamburg since August 2016, as well as the “Smart City“ partner Deutsche Bahn railroad company, Siemens Mobility, T-Systems, Bosch and Fraunhofer.
Hamburger Hochbahn AG presented its “HEAT“ project for autonomous driving. The Volkswagen subsidiary MOIA showed a ridesharing service relying on electric cars that will take up operations in Hamburg in 2019.
Dr. Torsten Sevecke, State Secretary for Economy, Transportation and Innovation: “Hamburg presents itself confidently in Copenhagen. We want to become Germany’s model city for intelligent traffic and logistics solutions. Not only do we want that because of the World Congress in three years. Even after 2021, our citizens should be able to enjoy safer, greener, more efficient and more comfortable mobility and city logistics.”
Harry Evers, CEO of ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH: “There’s huge national and international interest in our ambitious plan. We want to make sure that the World Congress will be a milestone on the way to making Hamburg one of the leading cities for digital innovation in Europe.”
The ITS World Congress 2021 will be hosted by the European industry and stakeholder association ERTICO from 11 - 15 October 2021. Under the slogan “Experience Future Mobility Now“, the event will take place at the CCH and Messehallen convention centres. Last year, with the help of the Volkswagen Group, Hamburg had been able to successfully bid for hosting the event. Some of the main topics will be automatic and interconnected driving, port logistics, intelligent infrastructures, mobility services, drones, blockchain and artificial intelligence. The 2019 ITS World Congress takes place in Singapore, and the 2020 event will be hosted by the city of Los Angeles.