ITS Japan and ITS Michigan work together to integrate next two world congresses
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Jim Barbaresso, Intellegent Transportation Systems and Dr Hiroyuki Watanabe, ITS Japan
Organizing committees are gearing up for the next two ITS World Congress and Exhibitions, using ITS America 2013 to ensure continuity between the shows, cultivate interest and build momentum.
The 20th annual meeting of the ITS World Congress will be held in Tokyo October 14-18 of this year, and, according to organising committee chairman Dr. Hiroyuki Watanabe, the focus will be on automobile automation and using data to assist with disaster relief and reduce carbon emissions. The show will use the examples of Asia’s mega cities and how transportation agencies are dealing with these issues.
Dr. Watanabe is working closely with Jim Barbaresso, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit. The themes from this year’s show will carry on to Detroit with a slight focus on automobile technology to reflect the industry’s history in the city.
“We want to create an immersive experience for attendees and for people living and traveling to Detroit. We need to tell the story of ITS systems better than we have in the past,” Barbaresso says.
Plans include a working traffic management center on the showroom floor with attendees able to see what’s happening on area roadways by remotely working camera controls and viewing real-time traffic data. There will also be a race track going around the convention center—the recently rebuilt Cobo Center on the Detroit waterfront.
Exhibitors and attendees who wish to participate in the 2013 and 2014 World Congresses should contact the chairmen at their booths on the showroom floor. An expression of interest form for the traffic management center showcase in Detroit can be accessed on www.itsa.org.
Booth 920 ITS Michigan
Booth 921 ITS Japan