© David Bolton
© David Bolton

ITS COST event begins in Žilina

The ‘Intelligent Transport Systems: a Tool or a Toy?’ conference co-organised by the COST Association and the University of Žilina has kicked-off in Slovakia.

The event aims to bring attention to the role of research organisations in providing evidence to policy makers for shaping the right ecosystem in ITS, and to the role of the industry, and in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in delivering innovative, sustainable and interoperable solutions.

Particular attention is set to be given to two important pillars of future mobility, including autonomous driving and mobility as a service (MaaS).

The three-day conference will take place in the context of a new legal framework that was adopted by the EU on 7 July 2010, to accelerate the deployment of the ITS across Europe.

According to the European Commission’s White Paper on Transport, new forms of mobility have to be proposed for overcoming reliability, environmental safety and affordability issues towards sustainable solutions for the transport of people and goods. Until now, advancements in research and technology have significantly contributed to this recommendation by integrating multidisciplinary approaches, and having addressed the fragmentation of knowledge in ITS.

The event will bring together experts involved in research networks, the European Research Area (ERA) Chair for ITS, national policy makers and European Commission representatives.

As media partner, Pan European Networks will bring you the latest from this event as it occurs.