The 26th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress is set to take place from 21 to 25 October at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
Hosted for the first time in Southeast Asia, it is co-organised by the Land Transport Authority and Intelligent Transportation Society Singapore (ITS Singapore). The theme for this year’s Congress is “Smart Mobility, Empowering Cities”, which recognises the important contribution a smart transport system has to a city’s economic growth and in enhancing the quality of life of its residents.
26th ITS World Congress Programme
The ITS World Congress is a leading transport technology platform bringing together policy makers, industry players, academics and researchers to share insights on the latest developments in urban mobility as well as showcase the latest innovations in intelligent transport systems. Expected to attract more than 10,000 participants, the five-day Congress will feature close to 200 plenary sessions and interactive panel discussions, 30 specially curated technical demonstrations and tours, as well as 11 associated events, including LTA’s inaugural Autonomous Mobility Summit. From 24 to 25 October, members of public can also enjoy free admission to the ITS World Congress exhibition, which showcases the latest technologies, research and innovations by over 300 exhibitors, including a Singapore Pavilion by local entities.
A key platform for knowledge exchange among the global ITS community The Congress is anchored by three Plenary Sessions dedicated to key global ITS issues. The sessions will focus on (1) how connected and automated mobility is transforming the movement of people and goods, vehicle ownership and mobility services; (2) challenges and ideas for realising innovative/integrated mobility services; and (3) how intelligent mobility solutions can be delivered for a sustainable smart city. Topics to be explored include autonomous vehicles, Mobility-as-a-Service, ride-sharing, mobility-on-demand, and cybersecurity.
An experiential showcase of the latest innovations
In addition, the Congress will provide participants with unprecedented access to view and experience innovations from Singapore and around the world. German start-up Volocopter and UK-based Skyports will unveil the world’s first full-scale VoloPort prototype in Singapore, and Volocopter will look to conduct the first public test flight of its aircraft along the Marina Bay waterfront, subject to final regulatory approval from the relevant authorities. Autonomous vehicle technology demonstrations will also take place on The Float at Marina Bay. Delegates will be able to have a first-hand look at autonomous mobility solutions being developed locally, including NTU-Volvo’s 12 metre-long autonomous electric bus and ST Engineering’s autonomous shuttles.
To inspire and nurture the next generation of ITS leaders, 60 tertiary students and youths from Singapore and other countries across the Asia-Pacific region will also take part in the Youth Leadership Development Programme. These students, about half of whom are from Singapore universities and polytechnics, will have the chance to network with entrepreneurs and business leaders from the ITS industry, and work together to create innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the transport sector.
Mr Ngien Hoon Ping, Chairman of the ITS World Congress Singapore 2019 Steering Committee, said, “The prevalence of smart technologies, as well as digitalisation, present policy makers and industry players around the world with an unprecedented opportunity to push the boundaries for the future of transport. Smart urban mobility is a key element of Singapore’s Smart Nation drive, and I look forward not only to the opportunities for collaboration and co-creation which the Congress will offer, but also the exchange of ideas and insights that will help catalyse the future of smart urban mobility on a global scale and improve people’s lives.