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Mobility thought leader to speak in Melbourne

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One of the world’s leaders in connected vehicle technology, Kirk Steudle has been added to the list of executive speakers at October’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne.

The Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has responsibility for Michigan’s near 10,000 mile state highway system and 4,000 state highway bridges.

Steudle joins other executive speakers Andrew Everett, Chief Strategy Officer, Transport Systems Catapult, UK; Dr Liu Zhen, Head of China Strategy, Uber Asia Limited, China; Michael Brown, Regional General Manager, Uber, USA and Mr Andrew Somers, Director, Mobility as a Service, Australia for Executive Session 10.

The organisers say he’ll be speaking at the Mobility as a Service session, on Friday 14 October in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and that his presences brings a wealth of career knowledge spanning 40 years across highways and roads, freight, passenger rail, local transit systems, air, bridges and bicycle trails.

In particular, they say, his attendance to the Congress in Melbourne, the home of the largest shipping port in the Southern Hemisphere will be, “a fantastic way for state and Federal Government leaders to gain insights into Michigan’s own freight data, having moved 505.5 million tons of freight, valued at roughly $761.1 billion at 2013.”

Steudle stated “The 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne is a great opportunity to collaborate the advancement of the ITS industry. I’m excited to hear the global developments.  The biggest obstacle facing the ITS sector in the next three years will be the funding model.”

Steudle believes that in the next ten years “the transport industry will be in full deployment of integrated advanced technology.”

“Kirk Steudle’s unparalleled ITS expertise is a welcome addition to the Congress’s program. With his extensive career knowledge in ITS, particularly freight, it will be interesting to hear directly from an industry professional what this means for the future of our logistic partnerships with Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas,” Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia says.

Remember Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton will be in Melbourne presenting daily podcasts from the event.  These podcasts are possible thanks to the sponsorship of Cubic Transportation SystemsMott MacDonald, PTV GroupSwarcoJenoptikXeroxMVIS/Bartco and GTT Global Traffic Technologies.  In addition Smart Highways will be posting regular news stories from the World Congress.  You can hear the first of the preview podcasts by clicking here.


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