In October, Melbourne will host the world’s largest congress about technology in transport – the 2016 ITS World Congress. From 10-14 October 2016, experts will speak about the current and future use of technology to manage transport networks and to improve safety. This is known as ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’, or ‘ITS’. The Congress is an opportunity for Victoria to showcase its achievements, and to learn from others. RACV and Intelematics are premium sponsors and exhibitors at the 2016 ITS World Congress.
RACV’s Senior Vehicles Engineer, Nicholas Platt, will be speaking about RACV’s funded research into the likely impacts of autonomous vehicles, and how policy can enable their adoption for safer and sustainable mobility.
The ITS World Congress event will have three major components:
Conference speakers, with international guest and expert speakers on a range of topics such as ‘driverless’ cars, reducing delays for public transport, car and bicycle sharing, communication between vehicles and infrastructure, and collecting and using traffic data.
Exhibition for technology companies to showcase their technology. Companies from Australia, the United States, Germany, Korea, China and Taiwan are just some of those that will be represented. Brands include Intelematics*, Bosch, Ericcson, Siemens, Toyota, Honda, Cubic, HERE and RACV. The exhibition will occupy nearly the whole Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Technology demonstrations at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and nearby Albert Park, using the Grand Prix facilities.
Entry to the complete conference and exhibition event is reserved for paying delegates and registered volunteers. If you are in the transport or technology industries, you should register to attend. Substantial discounts are available to students and staff of Australian local governments. There will also be two public days on 13th and 14th October when Victorians can visit the exhibition to see for themselves the technology on display, and talk to people within the industry. Pre-registration will be required for free entry. Entry to the two public days doesn’t include the demonstrations at Albert Park.
If you have an interest in vehicles, transport and technology, and enjoy helping people, then you can volunteer during the event. Volunteering provides free entry to the exhibition on the same day.
*RACV is a premier partner of the ITS World Congress. Intelematics is an RACV company.
Written by Brian Negus, General Manager Public Policy September 01, 2016