1. From standalone to connected to automated
We already benefit from excellent ITS based services in our cities and regions that are transforming mobility for people and goods. Increasing connectivity with suites of ITS services cooperating together will provide even more benefits. Greater connectivity will involve many more stakeholders, encourage new business models and provide new ways of delivering information to travellers. Such connected and automated systems will provide the transport element of smart cities and stimulate more efficient and cost effective solutions. This topic will look at different paths to a connected world and explore the likely roles of the various stakeholders.
- Managing the transition from connected to automated vehicles
- Applications benefiting road operators
- Applications benefiting the freight sector
- Highly and fully automated driving
- Legal and Institutional Issues
- Human factors / driver distraction / drive underload driver re-training
- Who pays? Who benefits?
2. Bringing services to users
As well as private cars and public transport we now have shared rides, car share schemes, city bikes, call responsive public transport and many more services. While these new parts of the transport offering make it easier to plan for mobility that is not based on owning and using a single occupancy vehicle many services remain separate with little integration. It is becoming harder to define public transport and how it should be funded and the impact of the public sector is changing as its role shifts from provider towards market regulator; from data curator to data provider. Technology is no longer limiting development; the key question is who will integrate the offering to users and provide Mobility as a Service ? Bringing the new range of services to users needs a rethink in all the existing silos. This topic will look at changes that are underway and review barriers to faster or further progress.
- Implementing Mobility as a Service: regulation change or regulation removal?
- Making use of Open Data – new mobility apps for consumers and businesses
- Multimodal journey planners and traveller information services
- Demand-responsive transport
- Smart payment for seamless journeys and multimodal mobility services
- Pay as you drive and Insure as you drive
- Smart Parking technologies to improve parking space usage and parking operations
3. New transport services from satellite technologies
Global positioning using satellite constellations is delivering high value to ITS services and applications but other aspects of satellite technologies (communications, earth observation etc) have been in use for decades but are yet to be fully exploited in ITS.
Resilient and seamless communications using a mix of terrestrial and satellite connectivity can support service continuity within vehicles and infrastructure irrespective of location – for example linking an ambulance crew to a hospital in sparsely populated and remote areas. A fusion of earth observation and terrestrial sensor data can deliver a comprehensive picture about transport conditions (eg network usage, traffic flows) and environmental impacts (eg GHG monitoring, refining meteorological prediction). Such innovative exploitation of satellite technology unlocks new application areas with a compelling value proposition of great benefit to countries, like Scotland, having a large land mass with a substantial road network and rural communities in remote areas.
This topic will develop the themes introduced in the Bordeaux ITS World Congress namely communication, earth observation, positioning and new space technologies relevant to ITS.
- Public transport tracking for passengers’ information
- Fleet tracking for improved fleet management
- Incident response applications
- Location applications for drivers
- New communications applications
- Earth observation techniques – monitoring network conditions and climate change
- Earth observation techniques for assessing environmental impacts
4. Sustainable transport for people and goods
Efficient transport systems are the backbone of economic growth and job creation. Achieving sustainable transport – meeting societal needs to move freely, gain access, communicate, trade and establish relationships without sacrificing other essential values today or in the future – demands cooperation and collaboration between a range of different organisations.
The challenges cover interdisciplinary areas, such as passenger mobility, logistics and supply chain management; goods, people and traffic flows; land use policy and planning; policy development; technological development; economic, legal and financial issues; and the behaviour of individuals, companies and governments.
There are additional difficulties for regions, like Scotland, with rural communities in remote areas.
This topic encompasses the challenges and best practices from various perspectives, including technologies, organisational issues and business models, as well as policy and legal issues.
- Managing city space for freight as well as passenger travel
- Encouraging a mode shift especially to ‘soft’ modes
- Car sharing / pooling
- Air quality strategies
- Noise reduction strategies
- Productivity of transport systems including logistics and public transport
- Commercial vehicle secure cargo management and hazardous goods tracking
5. ITS and climate change
The key challenge is to find and deploy measures that reduce transport’s environmental impact without constraining mobility.
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are able to make major contributions to both issues. ITS can contribute to ‘greening’ transport by reducing gaseous and noise emissions and optimising network management; encouraging eco-driving; reducing overall energy consumption; and enabling informed and intelligent choice of transport mode.
As well as enabling successful climate change adaptation ITS can support emergency planning and evacuations, particularly by integrating meteorological data with other into information and planning services.
This topic will review what can be delivered now and explore how existing and new ITSs can be made robust to counter the more extreme weather conditions we expect to become normal during the next 50 years.
- Towards zero emissions
- Using ITS to reduce emissions
- Use of Cooperative ITS for energy efficiency
- Low carbon Scotland initiatives
- Driver aspects: eco-driving, eco-routing & navigation
- Vehicle aspects: electric vehicles, energy management
- Infrastructure aspects: electromobility, eco-traffic management
- Interoperability, standardisation, testing
- Institutional, legal, organisational issues, policy, privacy, liabilities
- Integrating rural, inter-urban, and urban
- Information; data access; big data & open data; social media
- Education, training and knowledge sharing
- Innovation and technologies
Aug 12, 2016
This year's 11th ITS European Congress featured a dedicated "Young Professionals Day" on Tuesday, 7 June with dedicated sessions for students and young professionals in the field of ITS. The day featured two stakeholder workshops and rounded off with a special...