Águeda TV - Video at the International Workshop of the CISMOB project

Project CISMOB, coordinated by the University of Aveiro, of which Águeda is also a partner, organized the 3rd Thematic Conference Intelligent transport systems - from science to policy and from policy to real world”, between March 7 and 9, with several technical visits to companies related with sustainable mobility in the cities of Aveiro, Águeda e Coimbra.
At the workshop, Abimota and Miralago, located in Águeda, were visited, where the 70 national and foreign visitors discovered some of the best things made in the municipality in terms of the two-wheel sector and sustainable mobility. The Arts Centre of Águeda received the 3rd Training Seminary entitled “Promoting soft and connected mobility”, dedicated to promoting of soft and green means of transport, with special emphasis on the use of bicycle and electrical vehicles.

For more information and video view click here.

5th DATEX II Forum

After the 4th edition in Dublin, Rijkswaterstaat is happy to host the 5th edition of the DATEX II Forum. This 5th edition will take place at the LEF future center located in the head office of Rijkswaterstaat in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The 2-day Forum plus social event will be organized in cooperation with the European Commission - DGMove and NDW.
The entire DATEX II Forum is aimed at maximizing interaction between attendants. This goes for the Forum programme as well as for the social event. There will also be a special session called "Implementation Arena" where the participants can present the most impressive implementation of the DATEX II supporting system.
The Forum focuses on DATEX II usage for:

  • Public and private road authorities (motorway, urban, interurban);
  • Service providers;
  • Map makers;
  • ITS industry, C-ITS;
  • Knowledge institutes.
  • The programme has a broad set-up which makes it suitable for both new and experienced managers, information architects, software developers, traffic engineers / system users and ITS advisors.

    For more information click here.

    Continental and NVIDIA are collaborating in the production of autonomous vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence. The team from Timisoara will work on the project

    Continental Technology Company and NVIDIA have announced the joint development of artificial intelligence (IA) for autonomous vehicles. Market entry for Level 3 features is scheduled for 2021.
    The partnership allows for the development of IA computer systems ranging from Level 2 automated functions to full Level 5 Autonomous Functions, where the vehicle has neither a steering wheel nor pedals.
    The Timisoara team is an integrated part of Continental's automotive management development activities. Among the activities carried out here, the most part is the development of environmental modeling algorithms, which are then used for automated driving. With the start of collaboration with NVIDIA, the team has to integrate and adapt software modules based on NVIDIA DRIVE AI-based neural networks and hardware, with a planned 2021 release date for Automation Level 3.

    For more information click here.

    5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)

    Registration has just opened for the European Commission's 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus.
    This is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers and academics across Europe to network, debate key issues and exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. Attendance is free of charge.
    In line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, the theme of this year's conference is multimodality, with a focus on the integration of transport modes and combined mobility solutions for passengers and freight in cities and regions.
    Representatives of local and regional authorities, policy makers, urban mobility planners, academics and other urban mobility professionals are especially welcome.

    For more information click here.

    The European Commission published a communication dedicated to emergency location, specifically Advanced Mobile Location (AML)

    The use of 112, the European Emergency number with more accurate caller location has increased.
    EU legislation makes it possible for Europeans to contact emergency services for free by dialing 112 from any EU country. More accurate caller location of emergency calls is on the rise, as showed in the latest report on the implementation of 112. The report is based on data collected in all 28 Member States via the Communication Committee.
    An AML-enabled smartphone recognises when an emergency call is made and, if not already activated, activates the phone’s GNSS to collect the caller’s location information. The handset then sends an automatic SMS to the emergency services with the caller’s location, before turning the GNSS off again. The service can also use Wi-Fi, depending on which is better at a given moment. Please note that AML is not an app.

    For more information click here.

    Register now for ITS online training courses!

    Europe’s leading intelligent transport systems (ITS) actors have joined forces to deliver ground-breaking training and educational courses now available via an all-new online training platform, hosted on the open source edX software.
    Registration for the online training platform and courses opens today (December 20th). You will have the chance to learn about ITS and cooperative ITS (C-ITS) services and experience these cutting-edge technologies first-hand with face-to-face training sessions coupled with live demonstrations across Europe.
    Experienced ITS professionals including ERTICO’s Professor Eric Sampson, Dr Simon Edwards from the University of Newcastle, AustriaTech’s Mobility Manager Katharina Zwick, and Monica Giannini, Senior Project Manager at the International Road Union, will guide students and provide expert advice throughout the courses. The platform and courses have been developed by a consortium of ITS experts and professionals under the banner of the EU funded project “CAPITAL”.
    The online training programme consists of nine modules covering various aspects of ITS and caters to all levels. Course topics include: Introduction to ITS, Impacts of ITS, Financial Incentives and Business Models, Data Protection and Guidance on deployment of C-ITS. The first courses will go live in February 2018

    Click here for more information about the online training courses.

    Interreg Danube Thematic Pole 6: Sustainable Transport Solutions and Mobility - Newsletter

    The common denominator of the projects affiliated with this Thematic Pole is MOBILITY. The six projects, although they all seek for sustainable mobility solutions, they do it by tackling different aspects such as: promotion of e-mobility and walking, creation of cycling connections between touristic places along the Danube river, development of urban mobility plans and better integration of public transport, design of traveler information services and development of sustainable transport infrastructure concepts.

    Click here to see the first edition of Pole 6 - newsletter.

    European Commission presents the Second Mobility Package

    The European Commission (EC) has published its second set of legislative proposals from its “Mobility Package”, dubbed the “Clean Mobility Package”, which aim to reduce transport related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve and safeguard the health of European citizens and promote sustainable economic growth of the European economy.
    The first package, “Europe on the Move”, was published in May, earlier this year, and included a wide-range of initiatives aimed at making traffic safer, encouraging smart road charging, reducing CO2 emissions, air pollution and congestion; cut red-tape for businesses; fight illicit employment and ensure proper conditions and rest times for workers.

    The EC believes the proposals from this package will bring a number of societal benefits including:

  • Emissions reduction from the transport sector
  • Higher employment thanks to investments in new, innovative and clean mobility
  • Savings (net savings for an ‘average new car’ bought in 2025 are expected to be up to about €600 and up to about €1500 when bought in 2030 considering a lifetime of 15 years)
  • Improvement of mobility services for citizens
  • Cleaner environment
  • For more information click here.

    ITS World Congress 2018

    ERTICO – ITS Europe and the City of Copenhagen will proudly be hosting the 25th ITS World Congress in the beautiful centre of Copenhagen, where the historic buildings meet the revolutionary ITS solutions of tomorrow, creating one of the most liveable cities in the world. The event will take place in the Bella Center which is the largest congress and exhibition venue in Scandinavia, on 17 – 21 September 2018.
    The congress theme ‘ITS Quality of Life’ supports the Copenhagen belief that intelligent transport systems are an important means to enhance people’s daily life through seamless, smart and sustainable mobility solutions. The 25th ITS World Congress will open the streets of Copenhagen to the testing of new and innovative ITS solutions. The City of Copenhagen will strive to create a congress that gives insights into the future of intelligent transport systems and sets the agenda for a better world of tomorrow

    For more information click here.

    Making travel data accessible for better journey planning

    The European Commission has published a Delegated Regulation of the ITS Directive for the provision of EU-wide Multimodal Travel Information Services.
    The goal of this initiative is to solve this problem by establishing national access points with travel data from all types of transport. This data will then be made available to businesses such as service providers and developers, who would use it to build travel information websites, online journey planners and other applications.
    As a result, new and more accurate services to plan journeys across Europe will be available to anyone who needs them.
    The Delegated Regulation (EU 2017/1926) has been formally published in the EU Official Journal and therefore becomes official EU legislation.

    For more information about the delegated regulation click here.

    POLIS discussion paper on Mobility as a Service/MaaS

    POLIS is pleased to announce the publication of its discussion paper offering the perspective of city and regional authorities on MaaS/Mobility as a Service.
    Discussion of MaaS, driven partly by business and technology priorities, is beginning to have an impact on policy thinking, including at EU level. It is important that city and regional authorities, who play a key role in regulating and/or providing transport services, contribute to this debate. Polis members believe that a key factor in sustainable urban mobility is effective integration of planning and services.
    The paper is specifically targeted at: city and regional authorities, new mobility service/MaaS providers and National and European authorities.
    Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport.

    For more information about discussion paper click here.

    Commission presents a Strategy towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility

    The European Commission has adopted a European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility. The Strategy will make it possible to deploy vehicles that can talk to each other and to the infrastructure on EU roads as of 2019.
    Digital connectivity is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, while boosting the market of cooperative, connected and automated driving and the related creation of jobs. The Strategy therefore delivers on the Commission’s political priorities, notably its Agenda for Jobs, Growth and Investment, the Digital Single Market and the Energy Union Strategy.

    For more information click here.

    i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition

    Hosted by the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa, the i-Transport Conference and Exhibition has become an established and well-supported event on the transport calendar as a platform for knowledge sharing to promote the sustainable deployment of ITS projects.
    The theme “Go Green – Go Smart” reflects the need to improve transport efficiencies, to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector and to encourage modal shifts. The theme specifically reflects the strong synergy between Public Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems.

    For more information click here.

    Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands works with industry players to develop new traffic management services

    Six road authorities from four countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands), five international traffic information and service providers, one car manufacturer and two companies for Intelligent Transport Systems have agreed to cooperate to improve national traffic management and traffic information.
    New services were developed in 2017 and 2018 for traffic management and traffic information. Tests were done with a test fleet of more than 6,000 road users in the region of Amsterdam with more than 1,000 road users in the regions of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Munich. On 7 July 2017, the European Commission decided to support and co-fund the cooperation and trials.

    For more information click here.

    Technology and Finance Shapes Up to Make MaaS Happen

    Sampo Hietanen, CEO of MaaS Global and ‘father’ of MaaS, started his address to ITS International’s recent MaaS Market conference in London by saying: “All of the problems that can be solved by a company or group of companies have already been solved, and now we are left with the big ones such as housing, transport and health. He called MaaS the “Netflix of transportation” but said no one authority or company can do it alone. “With the people in this room we could start [MaaS] in several countries within a year – the data access is already here and the physical aspects are in place.”

    For more information click here.

    Luxembourg is the first EU Member State ready for eCall

    Luxembourg successfully completed the eCall conformity assessment, becoming the first EU Member State to declare itself ready to implement eCall. This assessment was carried out under the umbrella of the EU funded I_HeERO Project, which aims to conclude the upgrades needed for EU Member States to comply with the legal requirement of preparing for eCall’s launch on 1 October 2017.
    Luxembourg, an I_HeERO project partner, completed the assessment under the supervision of NavCert GbmH, leader of the conformity assessment activities in the EU-funded I_HeERO project. eCall technology will be mandatory for all types of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in the EU after April 2018. This EU initiative will allow emergency services to respond quicker, saving hundreds of lives each year. The I_HeERO project seeks to ensure that the EU Member States Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) are ready to handle 112 eCalls. By extending the reach of eCall to include other scenarios, such as hazardous goods vehicles, it is now looking at integrating the next generation of 112 eCall technologies.



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