ITS America welcomes the 2014 ITS World Congress to a busy schedule of special events this week.
Tuesday has been declared Emergency Responder Day in an effort to put a spotlight on what first responders do on the scene of an accident and how ITS developments can help their life-saving efforts run smoother, faster and safer. Anyone in uniform will be granted entry to the World Congress for free throughout the day and can attend two special sessions focused on emergency response.
A mock accident involving an overturned tanker truck and a coordinated response using ITS technology will be staged on Belle Isle, and emergency responders will be on hand to provide real-time commentary on the simulation and answer any questions from attendees.
Tuesday is also the date of the Michigan Festival sponsored by ITS Michigan and MDOT at the Belle Isle Casino facility. Attendees will be able to sample local wine, beer and food, listen to Michigan music and network with other attendees.
World Congress attendees are also encouraged to attend two Town Hall events scheduled this week. Wednesday’s “Prime Time for Big Data” will be moderated by Dean Garfield, president and CEO of ITI USA, and will discuss the effects of big data in ITS deployments as it relates to individual travellers, transportation organisations and vendors. On Thursday, “How Automated Driving Will Shape the Future of Our Transportation System” will examine how ITS can help transition today’s legacy transportation systems to highly automated systems. Joe White, the global auto editor for the Wall Street Journal, will moderate Thursday’s Town Hall session.