Susan Harris, CEO of ITS Australia
It would be hard to imagine a more appropriate venue for the 23rd ITS World Congress which runs from 10-14 October. For the 6th successive year, Melbourne has won the title of the World’s Most Liveable City, helped by its perfect 100 out of 100 score for infrastructure.
The Summary of Liveability Ranking and Overview, August 2016, by the Economist Intelligence Unit, scored Melbourne an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100, to make it number one out of 140 countries surveyed. Second place was Vienna, Austria with Vancouver, Canada, third.
"On the whole, Australia is advanced in its development and deployment of intelligent transport systems and their increased applications have seen our integrated transport network become one of the best in the world," says ITS Australia, CEO, Susan Harris.
"Across the country there are innovations and collaborations resulting in better use of technology, greater data collection and analysis and an appetite for change. From South Australia’s first trial of driverless vehicles in the Southern Hemisphere, to freight priority lanes in New South Wales, ITS is driving more efficient journeys, safer mobility and greater private and public transport choices.”
Visitors to the ITS World Congress Melbourne will have an opportunity to see all of this. And much more! With the theme, ITS-Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities, the 23rd ITS World Congress is shaping up to be a ground-breaking event.
It will attract more than 7,000 global delegates and will feature more than 900 Plenary, Executive, Special Interest and Technical discussions; some 300 exhibitors in the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will feature the latest innovations in vehicle safety, transport and infrastructure technology; the demonstration programme, arranged in four groups, is not to be missed; nor is the technical tour programme featuring more than a dozen technical tours designed to showcase the innovative features of Australia’s transport system. One such example will be a tour at the Australian Automotive Research Centre, the largest independently owned and operated automotive testing facility along Australia’s iconic ‘Great Ocean Road’ at Anglesea.
There is also an extensive student programme, functions and networking, including the Gala Dinner on Thursday 13 October; the Mastercard Smart Cities Hackathon; the Melbourne Conversations on ITS discussions; an opportunity for visitors to explore ITS during the Open for Public Days on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October, and much, much more.
Visit the ITS World Congress website now for more information, to register, or to download the full programme: www.ITSWorldCongress2016.org