During the ITS European Congress Mayors and Officials of European cities came together with Industry and Research Leaders for a wide-ranging discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the field of intelligent mobility and smart cities.
Delegates from more than 35 cities and regions and 30 industries took part in the Summit, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and ERTICO-ITS Europe.
The Summit discussions were derived from the ITS Brainport Eindhoven 2019 main theme: “Fulfilling ITS Promises” and focused on five broad topics:
- Making cities more liveable by reducing congestion and improving air quality
- Regulating the deployment of new technologies and new mobility services in cities
- Making mobility data available while maintaining commercial and personal privacy
- Public-Private cooperation in managing urban space and infrastructure
- Enabling deployment of automated transport in cities for both people and goods
Delegates at the event noted that mobility technologies are continuing to develop quickly, but that this puts pressure on regulatory activities and knowledge management roles.
The need for good Public–Private cooperation was discussed in many contexts. Delegates agreed that government needs to understand that industry wants to move quickly to maintain a market edge; but industry needs to recognise that government has a wider responsibility.
Delegates stressed that the various sector players need to work together on these challenges and a number of successful partnership examples were presented.
The Chair of the ERTICO Supervisory Board, Dr Angelos Amditis, commented, ‘Cities represent hot spots for challenges that demand smart solutions. Public–private partnership will be an essential element of the journey travelling forward to being a smart city.’