After a successful inaugural meeting in Bristol last autumn, the ITS (UK) Summit returns on 17 October with registration now open for the event at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The Summit brings together ITS leaders in the public and private sector, plus highways managers and public transport operators to discuss policy, implementation and funding as well as identifying best practice where ITS technology has been used to solve problems on the network.
This year, after the opening address from the ITS (UK) President, former Transport Minister Steve Norris, delegates will hear all about the groundbreaking ITS projects in the West Midlands from driverless car development to connected vehicle implementation. There will be explanations about how the projects were plan and delivered, their achievements and benefits and what the rest of the country, and indeed the world, can learn from it. They will also hear from Transport Focus about what the end user – the driver or passenger – wants from their transport network and tricks on how to deliver what they want and need when developing ITS solutions.
After a very successful Oxford-Style debate last year, this returns with another adversarial discussion this year on the subject of Mobility as a Service. Two supporters and two opponents of the motion “This House Believes that we are in the last years of private vehicle ownership and shared mobility is the only sustainable future for transport” will passionately discuss it with the audience getting to vote on which viewpoint they support.
Delegates also have an interactive session on using budgetary and political constraints to their advantage, with each table at the Summit working to prioritise funding for a new transport project, adjusting their scope and integrating social and sustainable values – the event will see how differently different experts plan to deliver the challenge and ultimately, find out what should be being prioritised on the network.
After hearing from the next generation of ITS experts in the form of winners of the ITS (UK) Student and New Entrant Essay competitions, there will then have a range of talks on key ITS subjects such as:
• Enviornment and Air Quality
• Transport planning
• International Cooperation
With the ITS (UK) annual President’s Dinner and Awards taking place the night before, this is event is not to miss. To book your place click here.