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ITS World Congress takes place in Vienna, Austria

October 21, 2012

The 19th ITS World Congress took place October 22-26, in Vienna, Austria. With the motto "Smarter on the way," this year's ITS World Congress brought the global ITS community together to discuss the latest trends and policies in intelligent transportation.

UMTRI director Peter Sweatman, chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, was one of several invited speakers for the event's opening ceremony. In a welcome letter in the 2012 Final Programme, Sweatman notes that smarter, more sustainable mobility is increasingly significant globally, and bringing global thought leaders in Intelligent Transportation Systems together in Vienna "creates another milestone towards a world where ITS is a major force in improving the well-being of society."

Several UMTRI staff members also played a role at the ITS World Congress. UMTRI research scientist James Sayer, program manager of the Safety Pilot Model Deployment is one of several invited speakers in the session Global Vehicle Safety Systems. ITS is leading to major improvements in road safety. In this session, a mixed panel of automotive manufacturers, safety advocates and regulators will discuss and survey Intelligent Transportation System activities in regions around the world.

With 300 exhibitors, the ITS World Congress is the preeminent international exhibition on devices, technologies, and services related to intelligent transport systems. Exhibitors will cover all aspects of transport systems--from complex information and communication systems and increasingly advanced navigation and payment systems to security, ecology, and electromobility.