Carlo van de Weijer, professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven, will give a keynote speech on artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of mobility at Intertraffic Mexico 2022, to be held from 8-10 November at the Citibanamex Center in Mexico City.
The global mobility expert says that Latin America is already using AI in mobility through vehicle-based traffic information.
"Many countries are leveraging that strength to use all the smart data from vehicles to improve traffic management," he says.
"Another example where Latin America is leading the way are the bus rapid transit systems that are well known for outperforming traditional rail systems in many ways. That is pure intelligent mobility."
A next step is to capture the huge potential of new electrified two-wheelers and all kinds of micromobility systems.
Van de Weijer says that AI can greatly improve transportation planning by aligning all search and demand data and monitoring travel behavior, and it will also help to make dramatic efficiency increases in logistics.
He believes the outlook in Latin America is positive, and says that countries in the region can refrain from investing massively in expensive infrastructure and focus on smarter vehicles, therefore 'leap-frogging' new developments in smart, efficient and safe mobility by skipping a few intermediate steps.
He believes it is necessary to incentivise the purchase of smart technology and focus infrastructure on security. "In the end, implicit safety comes mainly from a combination of infrastructure design and smarter vehicles," he argues.
This is the sixth edition of Intertraffic Mexico and it will feature a full conference programme and exhibition.
The Intertraffic Award Latin America winner will be revealed at the opening ceremony on 8 November.