High-Level Policy Roundtable (Invitation Only)
Tuesday 31 October 14:00 – 15:30 | Location Provided to Guests
The High-Level Policy Roundtable has always been a key event at the annual ITS World Congress. Keeping with this tradition, the Government of Canada in partnership with ITS Canada is pleased to host this year’s roundtable, which will focus on Digital Innovation and Integration for 21st Century Transport and Mobility. The roundtable will convene public and private sector leaders, including Ministers and industry executives. It will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the rise of transformative technologies in the transportation sector, both nationally and globally.
The Roundtable Objectives are to:
- Gain insight into the opportunities and challenges associated with the rise in disruptive technologies in the transportation sector.
- Identify policy, regulatory, and other actions that would support the promotion of innovation in the transportation sector and maximize the benefits of new and emerging technologies, globally.
- Explore how best to support effective public and private sector partnerships that are required to deepen the collective understanding of innovation in the transportation sector.
Trends and Drivers
Transportation is being revolutionized by new and emerging technologies that have broad economic, social, and environmental implications, with the potential to improve transportation system safety and security, enhance efficiency and mobility, and reduce environmental footprints and congestion. A series of converging trends, both technological and social, seem poised to shape the ways that people and goods move.
- Five key mega-trends: Automation; electrification; diverse and shared mobility; connectivity and digitalization; and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Additionally, these trends are in related areas and, as such, reinforce one another.
- Technology and service clusters: vehicles (automated, connected and electric), infrastructure (physical, digital and energy), and transportation users (mobility- and transportation-as-a-service).
- This is resulting in changes to the status-quo, including:
• new technology-driven solutions and software-driven innovation;
•. new entrants and new business models;
• ever-increasing levels of connectivity and automation being integrated into vehicles ranging from road vehicles to large freight trucks, and unmanned air vehicles / drones;
•. a growing emphasis on data-driven analytics and a user-centered paradigm (e.g., physical assets connected to the Internet of Things via sensor technologies and digitally connected citizens);
•. a confluence of shared, on-demand transport via ridesharing, carsharing and new mobility services and freight/logistics services, and even spurring new arrangements between businesses);
• a movement towards smart cities to address urban transportation challenges;
• a transition to alternative energy options and supporting energy infrastructure; and
• shifts in consumer preferences and public acceptance.
- Integration of digital technologies within existing transportation systems is creating new possibilities for transport operations and services, improvements to safety and efficiency, environmental sustainability, and economic opportunities for jobs and investments.
Tuesday 31 October 15:30 – 16:30 | ITS America Booth #104
Featuring Kapsch Factory1 startup company demos. Open to all!
ITS World Congress 2017 Gala: A Ghoulishly Good Time
Tuesday 31 October 19:00 | Room 710AB
Does an evening of fright sound alright? The annual World Congress Gala falls on Halloween, so get set for a ghoulishly good time! Come dressed to impress for the ‘Best Costume’ Award, enjoy a special food and drink menu, and learn how different cultures observe one of the oldest – and most diverse – holidays still celebrated the world over. Tickets are $200 and can be purchased online during registration prior to the event or onsite through the Registration desk.
Wednesday 1 November 10:45 – 16:30 | Room 510B
IBM will be hosting multiple Info Sessions addressing various topics ranging from autonomous vehicles, cognitive transportation systems, smarter cities, weather and traffic management. Bringing in external experts, IBM will set the stage for an interactive dialogue on artificial intelligence and how it is shaking up the transportation industry.
Autonomous Driving: Are We Witnessing the End of the Steering Wheel?
10:45 – 12:15
Subject Matter: AI, congitive, autonomous vehicles, accessibility, passenger interface, voice rcognition
IBM Moderator: Jean-François Barsoum
Participants: Dominique Lemay, CEO, Transdev; Jérémi Lavoie, General Manager, Car2Go Montréal
Are Urban Transportation Headaches an Inescapable Reality…and If Not…
What is the Role of Cities and Business in Fixing It?
13:15 – 14:45
Subject Matter: Smarter Cities, Weather, Metropulse, Traffic management
IBM Moderators: Imed Othman & Bassem Monla
Participants: Eric Garzon, Résologi; Steve Wysmuller, IBM Global Weather Leader, The Weather Company
Out of Left Field: The Business Models and Technologies That Could Redefine Transportation
15:30 – 16:30
Subject Matter: Electric Mobility, Blockchain; Car sharing
IBM Moderator: Bassem Monla
Participants: Marco Viviani, VP Development Strategy, Communauto