The ITS World Congress 2021 on the latest ITS technologies and new mobility concepts, which took place from 11-15 October in Hamburg, broke its own record amid the Covid context:
- 13,000 guests
- 400 exhibitors from all over the world
- Approximately 4,000 residents
6 themes were selected as topics for the Congress:
- Automated & Connected Driving
- Mobility on Demand, Mobility as a Service
- Good Journey from ports to customers
- Intelligent Infrastructure
- New Services from new technologies
- Solutions for cities and citizens
In view of the different thematics, the CCAM Partnership could not have missed being present.
It was the first big outing for the CCAM Partnership, since its creation on 23 June following the signature of the memorandum. CCAM held a shared stand with its partner, ERTRAC, from which the new ERTRAC Roadmap on Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility was freely available.
Besides gathering the ITS community with well-established companies and new players, the Congress programme was packed with conferences and demonstrations. Our chairmen, Armin Graeter and Eckard Steiger, participated themselves as speakers to some sessions. Armin presented the CCAM Partnership and the ERTRAC Roadmap in the sessions of Deutsche Bahn “Requirements for Automated Transport Systems – A System Overarching Approach” and “5GAA Workshop Connecting to Future Mobility” (download here the presentation), while Eckard participated in some panel discussions.
The CCAM team had the opportunity to participate in the large-scale demonstration of the H2020 funded research project L3Pilot, which took place during the public day of the Congress (14 October).
The participants of the highway demo were driven to the suburbs in a comfortable fully electric MOIA shuttle. The huge interest in the demo made it difficult to access the only vehicle which the public was able to drive by themselves – BMW. The CCAM Association Head of Office, Marzena Jougounoux had a chance to be driven in a Ford instead. The experience was fascinating when the vehicle, after indications of direction by the driver, was safely changing the lane by itself. In case of a sharp bend, the takeover request was very loud and clear not leaving the driver any doubts about whose turn it was to drive.
The success of this year ITS World Congress shows and proves that the sector of ITS is not at a standstill and it is moving forward to meet the EU Green Deal goals. The fact is the automation and connectivity topic had the largest presence, with more than 27 demonstrations, but also use cases emphasising the actual deployment and take-up of services!
Throughout the week, to support the CCAM Partnership’s presence during the Congress and for those who could not visit our stand, we shared a series of capsules explaining the Partnership and its work on our social media.