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(2018 ITS event) Governance and Infrastructure for smart and autonomous mobility

(2018 ITS event) Governance and Infrastructure for smart and autonomous mobility

International Road Federation (IRF) & UNECE event

04 December 2018
Geneva Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland , 04 December 2018



In a world of smart, connected and autonomous mobility what is the role that infrastructure plays and will play and how can it keep pace with the technology developments happening in the motor vehicles industry and overall the way people move? In such a rapid changing environment, what is the right governance model public authorities should adopt? The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and IRF convened key stakeholders to debate these issues at an event hosted at the UN headquarters in Geneva on 4th December 2018.  

In 2012, the International Road Federation (IRF) led a collaborative effort that resulted into the publication of the “IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS”. The document laid out a series of policy recommendations for political leaders and decision-makers to create proper policy frameworks to unleash the full potential of ITS. Six years down the road, the key areas on which policy recommendations were formulated still remain work in progress in many countries of the world. While taking stock of this six year journey to assess progress, IRF looks now at the emerging challenges with the aim to develop, in close collaboration with UNECE, enabling frameworks that will allow to properly address those challenges. IRF was pleased to join hands with UNECE for the organisation of a high-level ITS event in Geneva to kick start this collaborative dialogue among key ITS stakeholders.

The organization of this event by UNECE corresponds to one of the 20 global actions to promote the use of ITS as defined on the ITS road map adopted by the Inland Transport Committee available here: PDF. Since 2012 an annual event is organized, exploring one or more actions of the ITS roadmap. UNECE was pleased to collaborate with IRF in 2018 and gain insight in the road ITS related activities and look at the innovations at the service of ITS.


09.30 - 10.00   Opening and introduction

  • Yuwei Li, Director of the Sustainable Transport Division, UNECE
  • Kiran K. Kapila, Chairperson International Road Federation (IRF)

10.00 - 11.00   Session 1 "Connected infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles"

Moderator: Susanna Zammataro, Director General, IRF, Switzerland

  • David Stuart Watt, President Roads Australia
    Our Autonomous Future - PDF
  • Dr. Chaesub Lee, Director Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
    Intelligent Transport Systems standardization at ITU - PDF

11.00 - 11.30   Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30   Session 1 (continued)

  • Bill Halkias, Managing Director & CEO of Attica Tollway, President of ASECAP, President of HELLASTRON
    Smart Mobility: The Challenges for Motorway Operators - PDF
  • Maik Boeres, Head of the Future Mobility Team, BMW
    C-ITS for safer road traffic - PDF
  • Eva Ambrosius, Manager Road Markings marketing, Evonik AG
    Autonomous Driving and Road Marking - PDF

12.30 - 14.00   Lunch time

14.00 - 15.30   Session 2 "ITS: better mobility services to everyone?"

Moderator: Walter Nissler, secretary of the IWG on ITS of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), UNECE

  • Ian Yarnold, Co-Chair of the WP.29 IWG on ITS, Department for Transport, UK
    UNECE Working Party 29: ITS and road vehicles - PDF
  • Tim Gammons, Director, Intelligent Mobility, ARUP
    In a disruptive and challenging world how can ITS remain relevant for society? - PDF
  • Gonzalo Alcaraz, Senior Program Manager - Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Bestmile
    Deploying autonomous mobility around the globe: challenges, insights and lessons learned. - PDF

15.30 - 16.00   Coffee break

16.00 - 17.00   Session 3 "ITS deployment and enforcement: challenges and opportunities"

Moderator: Anour Benazzouz, Director General, Autoroute du Maroc (ADM) 

  • Anil Srivastava, Director General, DMEO and advisor Niti Aayog (India)
    Opportunities in India (by phone) - PDF
  • Chen Kun, Senior Engineer, Transport Planning and Research Institute (TPRI), MOT, China
    Development of Intelligent and Connected Vehicle (ICV) and smart highway in China - PDF
  • Christoph Bergdolt, VP Products & Technology, Swarco AG
    ITS Challenges and Opportunities in the Path to Deployment PDF

17.00 - 17.45   Panel discussion "Getting the ITS governance right"

Moderator: François E. Guichard, secretary of the WP.29 Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA)

17.45 - 18.00   Closing


Session 1

PDF - David Stuart Watt
PDF - Dr. Chaesub Lee

PDF - Bill Halkias
PDF - Maik Boeres
PDF - Eva Ambrosius

Session 2

PDF - Ian Yarnold
PDF - Tim Gammons
PDF - Gonzalo Alcaraz

Session 3 

PDF - Anil Srivastava
PDF - Chen Kun
PDF - Christoph Bergdolt

Panel discussion

PDF - Anil Srivastava - not presented (for reference only)