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21st ITS World Congress begins in Detroit

September 2, 2014

More than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policymakers, researchers, high-tech innovators, and business professionals from the United States, Europe, and Asia will gather at Detroit’s Cobo Center, September 7-11, for the 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. The ITS World Congress is hosted by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) in partnership with ERTICO and ITS Asia-Pacific.

The five-day event will feature interactive technology showcases, more than 250 topic sessions, a 350,000 square-foot exhibit hall, and numerous networking events with ITS industry leaders from around the world. Organizers are also planning an array of technical tours highlighting the latest regional, national, and global deployments—from connected vehicles to freight management and smart parking to cutting edge ITS architecture.

UMTRI director Peter Sweatman is a member of the board of directors for this year’s milestone event, and serves as chair of the program committee.

“It is extremely valuable to Michigan’s automotive industries, R&D groups, and universities to have this key technology event in southeast Michigan,” said Sweatman, adding that UMTRI and the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) will be strongly represented in the program, exhibits, and demonstrations. Technical tours will be run from the Congress headquarters at the Cobo Center to UMTRI, the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Deployment, and the new Michigan Mobility Transformation Facility under construction. A number of UMTRI faculty and staff will be involved in congress activities throughout the week.

The ITS World Congress is an international meeting and exhibition that rotates among three major geographic regions, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific annually. The event is held in the United States once every three years.

Related Links:
ITS World Congress: itsworldcongress.org/
Mobility Transformation Center: mtc.umich.edu/