The city of Helmond is a smaller city located in the middle of the so-called Brainport region in the Southeast of the Netherlands. This region consists of leading high-tech industries and research institutes in the domain of automotive and mobility. Public-private cooperation between industry, research, education and public authorities is the key in our involvement in smart mobility.
Active involvement of Helmond in testing, showcasing and deployment of smart mobility solutions is a key part of our local mobility policy and has been the base for involvement in several and national ITS projects, like SafeSpot/CVIS, FREILOT, Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge and the national SPITS project. City of Helmond is one of the co-founders of Dutch Integrated Testsite Cooperative Mobility DITCM . In the current European C-ITS project Compass4D, Helmond is one of the seven European pilot sites and acts as strategic deployment advisor. Through POLIS we are confident to have a strong network for sharing our experience in ITS with other cities and in this way supporting European wide deployment of ITS-services.
For the next period we see three main challenges for Helmond in the domain of smart mobility:
- from testbeds to deployment of cooperative ITS
- use of ITS-technologies for increasing road safety of vulnurable road users
- offer a innovative environment for testing, field operational tests and showcasing of highly and fully automated vehicles.
For all three challenges we sincerely believe POLIS is a perfect network organisation to support us.