From 5 to 9 October 2015, just a few weeks before COP 21, Bordeaux will be hosting another large-scale international event: the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), notably focusing on initiatives enabling mobility to be made more sustainable. It will establish Bordeaux as a key French Smart City.
Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO and organizer of ITS Europe, affirmed the congress’s major importance in terms of innovation: “this will be the largest congress we have ever held in ITS. We are expecting more than 10,000 visitors, as well as over 300 exhibitors with a bigger exhibition space than in the past. The congress will also represent a key step forward in what is known as ‘co-mobility’, meaning greater co-ordination between modes of transport. It is a specific feature of Europe, which is ahead of the rest of the world. We shall also be able to witness it through the offering of the congress’s host city.”
Fallout for the ITS sector in Bordeaux
A pioneering territory in ITS, Bordeaux and Aquitaine will provide the setting for several international premieres during the event, notably the first tests on open roads of cars without drivers.
35 demonstrations of over 50 connected and self-driving vehicles will be held, some of which will be premieres, in real traffic conditions, made possible thanks to information boards installed on the ring road.
These demonstrations, coordinated by the Aquitaine satellite applications cluster TOPOS, will be proposed by international leaders in the ITS sector, including: AXIMUM – CONTINENTAL –ORANGE – PSA Peugeot Citroën – VEDECOM (France) – Toyota – Renault – NXP (Germany), AISIN SEIKI (Japan) – LINDSAY (USA) and COHDA Wireless (Australia).
French parts manufacturer Valeo, for example, will be testing the new generation of its autonomous vehicle named ‘Cruis4U’, a prototype designed for driving on motorways at between 80 and 130 km/h.
The Aquinetic Cluster (free software innovation cluster in Aquitaine) will present its project of an open-source electric vehicle kit, currently in the prototype phase, at the CANOE (Technological Center for Advanced Materials and Composites in Aquitaine Region) platform.
It is designed and manufactured by Gazelle Tech, based in the Darwin incubator in Bordeaux.
“These experiments will enable the region’s whole digital technology, cognitics, robotics and geolocation sector to unite around the subject of ITS” explained Florence Ghiron, President of the TOPOS Cluster.
With 2,500 jobs in the sector in Aquitaine, 50 member enterprises of the TOPOS cluster, renowned scientific expertise and high-performance test centers (EarthLab, OpenLab PSA Peugeot Competitive Intelligence, Eurovia, SAft etc.), the ITS activity is a sector of excellence in the south-west of France.
Rallying all the economic stakeholders in Aquitaine, the ITS congress is a powerful stimulator for development for the sector and offers promising prospects for the whole Bordeaux ecosystem.
The ITS Congress 2015 in a few figures
- 3,500 delegates /100 countries
- 300 conferences
- 25,000 m2 of exhibition
- 10,000 visitors
- 35 demonstrations, including world premieres
- Direct economic fallout estimated at €6 M
(Sources: L’Usine Digitale, Objectif Aquitaine, Sud Ouest)