ITS Netherlands and Canada announce MoU
From left to right: Michael De Santis, Nico Anten, James Moore, Theo Lingmont and Marje de Vreeze
ITS Netherlands and ITS Canada signed an MoU at the show yesterday, aiming to learn from each other’s experiences in the sector.
“Our relationship goes way back,” said the organisation’s president, Michael de Santis, “but we thought it was an opportune time here at Intertraffic to formalise this.”
ITS Canada has embarked on a five-year strategic plan, an important part of which involves rejuvenating relationships with partner organisations around the globe.
One of the challenges facing ITS Canada, said de Santis, was: “In a time of cutbacks, how do we make sure that ITS stays on the agenda? How do we make sure that ITS stays a ‘must have’, rather than a ‘nice to have?’”
Nico Anten, managing director ITS Netherlands, added that: “For us, Canada has a lot of experience to offer, not only in technology but in the social and cultural way Canada is organised. What we want to do is share experience, not only in technology, but in implementing that technology.
“For example, we recently had our transport minister driving at 100km/h in an autonomous car” that was automatically steered. “The technology has been proven to be safe and reliable but how can we make sure the general public will accept this? People like to be in control.”