22/05/2023 - 24/05/2023 Lisbon, Portugal

ITS European Congress 2023

ERTICO – ITS Europe and the Lisboa Câmara Municipal will host the 15th ITS European Congress in Lisbon, from 22 May to 24 May 2023 under the theme ITS: The Game Changer.

With this theme, the event will showcase the latest technologies adopted by the Lisbon Region together with all the available ITS services and solutions in Europe.

As mentioned by the event's organisers:

'The sheer speed and scope of ITS, propelled by technological developments and social and environmental needs, are unprecedented. ITS has already made transportation much more efficient, demand-responsive and safe. And more is to come. The innovative potential of ITS is too vast to foretell our mobile future. We only know that ITS, The Game Changer, will keep changing the game – and us.'


The event will revolve around 5 main topics:

  • Cooperative, connected and automated mobility
  • New mobility services
  • Freight & Logistics
  • Digitalisation and the data value chain
  • Future Traffic Management

While the Call for Contributions is currently closed - the programme is already shaping up, promising to be fantastic! In particular, a stand out seems to be the Smart Urban Mobility Summit for Cities and Regions, which will take place on Monday, May 22, 2023, as part of the ITS European Congress.

During this summit, The European Commission will share the significance of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) agenda and how the EC is funding such initiatives in cities through innovation projects - participating regions and cities the likes of POLIS member Helmond will be establishing connections and partnerships within the ITS ecosystem.

Find POLIS at the ITS Conference! 

22 May 2023
10:30 - 11:30 - SIS 1 (Room 5A) Remote operation of highly automated vehicles as an enabler for ITS services 
Technical Programme - Automated, cooperative & connected mobility
Michael Oehl (Moderator), Jeanette Andersson, Christian Arbinger, César Omar Chacón Fernández  (EMT Madrid)


With recent developments in vehicle automation and connectivity, road vehicle remote operation is one of the fast emerging fields, which can support as an enabler and serve as a booster for the realization of cooperative, connected and automated vehicles for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and new smart mobility services on public roads. Since vehicle automation systems are not yet perfect to achieve full driving automation (SAE Level 5), we believe that using remote operation capabilities together with automated driving systems can accelerate the deployment of highly automated vehicles (SAE 4) on public roads for smart mobility and ITS services. One example of prominent use cases is when a remote operator supports vehicle operation by assisting or taking full control when the automated driving system encounters ambiguous traffic situations or fails. This is especially important for new vehicles that may not have space for a human driver, e.g., delivery robots, or do not have traditional driving interfaces, e.g., shuttles in public transportation. Further importance is added to this topic by new legislation in several countries that explicitly permits remote operation of vehicles on public roads, including Germany and some US states. These legal changes clear the way for remote operation on public roads and give reason to expect a timely deployment of the technology in public space. This special interest session will present and discuss findings, lessons learned, and their implications for remote operation of cooperative, connected, and automated vehicles (SAE 4) as an enabler for ITS services from research on remote operation, e.g., design of remote operation workplaces, from national and EU research projects, e.g., SHOW, as well as from industry, e.g., Scania and Einride, and with respect to approval of ITS services. Findings, challenges, and perspectives will be presented and discussed interactively.

11:45 - 12:45 - TP 7 (Room 1.6) Innovation through technology 

Technical Programme - Automated, cooperative & connected mobility
Jean-Philippe Méchin (Moderator - CEREMA), Kathrin Hagemann, Rob Hulleman (City of Almelo), Tim Leinmüller


An Overview of JCAS technologies and their potential for ITS Sustainable Mobility by providing Connected Mobility for all Modes of Transport Creating a European Handbook for C-ITS Roadworks

11:45 - 12:45 - SIS 9 (Room 5C) Technology for leveraging the traffic management of the future

Technical Programme - Future traffic management
Runar Søråsen (Moderator), Tiago Delgado Dias, Panagiotis Georgakis, Sascha Hoogendoorn-Lanser, Jenny Simonsen, Hannah Tune (Transport for Greater Manchester)


The 4FRONT cluster of European funded projects, ORCHESTRA, TANGENT, DIT4TRAM and FRONTIER, will examine the future of network and traffic management, and the ways this will shape future mobility and logistics. The session will explore how new technologies can tackle societal, operational, business and governance challenges and opportunities. Topics include systems engineering, resilience, trustworthiness, data sharing, governance, user behaviour and acceptance, multimodality and upscaling. The goal is to show the way towards efficient network and traffic management across networks and modes.

14:00 - 15:00 - TP13 (Room 5C) Support for integration of services 

Technical Programme - New mobility services
Álvaro Arrue (Moderator), Patrick Hofman (City of Helmond), Sofia Taborda, Sandra Witzel


Regional Access Point: mobility data as strategic service enable factor; Mobility Hubs: an opportunity to bring mobility stakeholders together; Revolutionising accessible mobility with game changing technology; The New Mobility Data and Solutions Toolkit (nuMIDAS) New mobility services in an industrial area


23 May 2023
10:30 - 11:30 - TP 18 (Room 5B) Digital logistics platforms 
Technical Programme - Freight & Logistics
Isabelle Dupraz (Moderator), Michela Apruzzese, Sergio Fernández Balaguer (EMT Madrid)


  • Multimodal Rail and Road Transport Management
  • The Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in the 11 pilot sites of the FENIX project
  • RRTM-C: intermodal tracking of containers through infrastructure services
  • Innovative business models in ports’ logistics: the 5G-LOGINNOV project
  • LEAD: the use of Digital Twins to improve urban logistics

11:45 - 12:45 - SIS 21 (Room 5B) Trusted data exchange infraestructure 

Technical Programme - Digitalisation and the data value chain
Frank Daems, Stephen Tsiobbel (Moderator), Georgios Christou, Christian Kleine, Peter Lubrich, Rene Spaan (City of Helmond


The goal of our panel discussion is to show the current status of each project, and more importantly, to show how linking these different mobility-related projects fosters innovation in future mobility. Our panellists will provide first-hand insights into technological and organizational developments and share their experiences and challenges. The aforementioned family structure with the horizontally organized collaboration (via a special sup-project), is a key driver of innovation and development of scalable solutions for the mobility sector. This structure may be presented as an example for larger research networks within the Gaia-X community. Of course, lessons learned, problems and difficulties are addressed in the context of this discussion, so that future project groups or research networks may benefit. In addition to the status reports, and the special innovation-fostering structure, we want to share insights about the achieved technical renewals and the developments planned. The services described are currently available as standalone applications – one of the technical goals for 2023 is to merge and integrate these individual services into a single application.

11:45 - 12:45 - SIS 19 (Auditorium 3) User needs for inclusive and equitable deployment of CCAM

Technical Programme - Automated, cooperative & connected mobility
John Paddington/Andrew Winder (Moderators), Giulia Renzi, Edwin Mermans (Provincie Noord Brabant), Suzanna Kraak, Laura Babío Somoza


The development of Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) technologies has often been focused on the technologies and making automation/connectivity work. There is a limited understanding of the user needs for CCAM technologies and hence a risk that CCAM does not fully address societal issues or that it is seen as "a solution looking for a problem to solve". Customer requirements when it comes to gender, impairments and disabilities, as well as age are particularly missing, leading to possible excluded groups. The balance of cost and equity against user requirements is still unknown. This creates a gap which risks making solutions either unattractive or unaffordable to citizens or operators, which limits the commercial potential of CCAM applications for individual mobility or public/collective transport. This session aimed at CCAM practitioners and stakeholders at all levels (technical, operational, socio-economic, etc.) will discuss how to incorporate user needs into CCAM initiatives. It features contributions from the Horizon Europe-funded projects: SINFONICA and Move2CCAM, the Just Transition agenda initiative, the view from a major public transport operator, and the EU policy level. These activities are focused on creating knowledge around user needs to foster best practices.

15:15 - 16:15 - TP 21 (Room 1.08) Technologies enabling new policies

Technical Programme - Automated, cooperative & connected mobility
Orhan Alankus (Moderator), Patrick Hofman (City of Helmond), Pierre Merdrignac, Lara Moura, Jonas Paczia


Data-driven mobility services based on connected vehicles and infrastructure; Future of Tolling? Automated shuttle experiments; Creation and Analysis of an Empirical Microscopic Urban Consumption Matrix


24 May 2023
09:00 - 10:00 - SIS 49 (Room 1.7) Strategies towards mobility data-as-a-service: discrepancies and commonalities
Technical Programme - Digitalisation and the data value chain
Oihana Otaegui, Laura Babío Somoza (Moderator), Benoit Baurens


A strong business ecosystem has developed around connected vehicle data access and sharing, with some players specializing in this type of data to develop digital services or analytics solutions. On the other hand, a similar trend can be observed in the context of public transport data. These two ecosystems are divided into two different groups which are interested in different business models (open data, advertising & sponsorship, marketplace, SaaS, barter, etc.). Despite addressing distinct business ecosystems, the convergence of underlying platforms is possible from a technical point of view, since they rely on similar technological bricks (metadata and service catalogues, API gateways, anonymization, etc.). This apparent antagonism between the exploitation of vehicle data (towards monetization) and the exploitation of open data for urban mobility (promoting the sharing culture) hides many common technical challenges. In this panel, representatives of two key initiatives of EC for addressing vehicle and mobility data consumption challenges (5GMETA and MobiDataLab) will present the studies that led them to these observations and will also discuss the commonalities and convergence strategies (e.g. towards the concepts of cloud service federation, data-as-a-service, and data spaces for mobility).
09:00 - 10:00 - SIS 42 (Auditorium 2) Infrastructure, charging, and battery needs for novel electric micromobility
Technical programme - New mobility services
Lisa Spellman, Pedro Gomes, Samuel Pierce


Small electric micromobility vehicles have tremendous potential to enable better mobility solutions and help deliver the shift to a low-carbon economy. However, the need for charging and managing these vehicles is often neglected in discussions on electric vehicles, with a focus on larger buses, trucks, and cars. The session will provide insight into how we can better enable the full range of electric micromobility vehicles, including e-bikes, e-scooters, e-cargo bikes, and e-tuk tuks, as these vary considerably in size, weight, capacity, and speed. The panel will discuss how these vehicles can meet different use cases, particularly for small traders, women and families, who are often neglected in discussions on mobility. The differing needs for leisure, commuting and freight trips will also be considered. The panel will consider the technologies around batteries, charging, management, apps and infrastructure to support these widely differing vehicles. The need for common standards and policy will also be debated, particularly regarding safety and accessibility. The role of individual personal owners, government, and private operators will be discussed, and whether training and education are required. A particular consideration will be the safe storage and handling of batteries and whether residential accommodation needs adaptation.
09:00 - 10:00 - SIS 46 (Room 5C) Urban Vehicle Access Regulations sustainable cities through harmonised digital services
Technical Programme - Digitalisation and the data value chain
Featuring: Bard De Vries, Juergen Kettner, Pedro Barradas, Suzanne Hoadley, Maria Rodrigues


Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) are measures to regulate the access of motorised vehicles to urban infrastructure and areas. These regulations are used by cities to serve policy goals such as air quality, liveability, climate change and congestion reduction. The number of UVARs across Europe has been growing during the past decade and it is expected to still grow in the next years. In that regard, activities are being carried out by the European Commission to increase the impact of UVAR, e.g., through disseminating UVAR information via digital services, such as pre-trip and navigation information services. Such initiatives aim to support the development of an EU-harmonized UVAR digitisation and UVAR data distribution process contributing to transparency, comprehension, and compliance with such regulations. In this session, speakers from the European Commission, cities representatives and other mobility experts will present progress and results from several initiatives and use cases currently in development in Europe such as the revision of the ITS Directive, the projects UVAR Box, UVAR Exchange, ReVeAL, and NAPCORE. The session will be interactive, providing a debate on the future uptakes on this topic to allow a reflection on the possible strategies and actions needed.
11:45 - 12:45 - SIS 61 (Room 1.9) Public - Private cooperation to improve end-user services in the mobility sector
Technical Programme - Digitalisation and the data value chain
Niels Peter Skov Andersen, Martin Boehm, Speaker, Marjolein Masclee, Eren Aksoy, Stephanie LeonardSuzanne Hoadley, Timo Hoffmann, Annet van Veenendaal (Moderator)


Until the beginning of ITS service provision private service providers used to build their services on their own data. In parallel, road operators, as well as public transport operators, are providing their traveller information based as well mainly on their own data. Since the provision of a legal framework for making data accessible – including the European ITS Directive as well as its Delegated Regulations – mobility data is becoming accessible, e.g. via the National Access Points that have been established in all European Member States. In addition, the Data for Road Safety initiative brings public and private stakeholders together for mutual access to road safety-related data. Still, cooperation between public and private actors in this field is slowly gaining traction and data from external sources is still mostly not integrated into existing services. One reason for this is, that public and private actors are not used to cooperating and the trust in accessible data is limited. Close cooperation between public and private actors is needed to establish a reliable high-quality service provision to end-users. In C-ITS such a cooperation between public and private actors forms the basis for bringing services on the road. C-ITS actors are closely cooperating resulting in highly accurate real-time C-ITS services all across Europe. The proposed session will deal with the benefits as well as the limitations of the cooperation of public and private actors in the area of ITS service provision. In detail, the following question will be addressed.
14:00 - 15:00 - SIS 54  (Room 5B) A holistic approach to road safety: tools, frameworks and digital solutions
Technical Programme - Digitalisation and the data value chain
Olaf Op den Camp, Monica Olyslagers, Akrivi Vivian Kiousi, Stefania Pesavento, Suzanne Hoadley (Moderator)


An increasingly densely populated urban space has negative impacts on traffic and urban traffic flows of all mobility types. Denser and unsafe traffic scenarios lead to a significant number of (fatal) accidents in inner cities across Europe. Therefore, public transport providers, city administrations and NGOs are debating how urban streets can be a safer environment for everybody, in alignment with the EU target to prevent 50% of injuries and fatalities by 2030. The panel discussion will focus on how technology, transport modelling, ITS and infrastructure solutions can enhance the safety of road users, vehicles and vulnerable road users in urban areas. Speakers from three EU projects from the same 'Horizon Europe' call will discuss What are currently the main challenges of urban road safety? How can innovative tools, frameworks and digital solutions help to enhance road safety? The panel will discuss the challenges of urban road safety and highlight the innovative solutions that are being developed by the three projects, especially focusing on the digitalisation of several mobility actors that enable data-driven urban safety intelligence.
14:00 - 15:00 - TP 29 (Room 1.06) Integrating traffic management 
Technical Programme - Future traffic management
Maximilian Sugarman (Moderator), Hannah Gorges, Rui Mangas, Ana V. Silva (A-to-Be Mobility Technology for TANGENT)


TANGENT – Beyond Transportation Dashboarding; CROCODILE 3 project: Cooperation as a solution to European cross-border traffic; Case Study: Multimodal Urban Mobility in Rotterdam Traffic intersection powered by renewable energies
14:00 - 15:00 - SIS 70 (Room 1.8) Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility in Cities
Technical Programme - Automated, cooperative & connected mobility
Itir Coskun (Moderator), Matthieu Graindorge (City of Helmond


Progressively, connected vehicles and travellers rely increasingly on various CCAM services to operate safely, be better informed and scale automation revolution on roads. Panellists will share their experiences so far and will discuss achievements, problems, trends, technology developments, and policies of the European CCAM space in an urban services context. The session is focused on answering key questions around the CCAM services – clarifying CCAM / C-ITS? What it is all about the services? What does the future of CCAM look like? Will we see a mass rollout soon? What are the biggest challenges for CCAM – legislation, technology maturity, user acceptance or something else? What are the key CCAM services for cities? (Multimodal Prioritization, Traffic Light Assistance, Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory, Probe Vehicle Data any other?) What CCAM services will have the most impact? What seems to be the most changes it will bring? What is the reality between AVs and CCAM services? How can they fit together?


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