Mobility solutions for tomorrow's world. That is the theme of the first day of the Automotive Week 2017. Some 300 professionals gathered on the Automotive Campus to debate mobility issues.
The list of speakers was long and impressive. Among them was Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO (ITS Europe). In his keynote speech he zeroed in on the principle of Mobility as a Service. He is a firm believer in the integration of different forms of transport, which would be available from a mobile device. Bangsgaard therefore predicts a shift in the automotive industry from selling cars to offering mobility solutions.
Carla Bailo of Ohio State University was one of the other speakers. She addressed the ambitions of Columbus, Ohio, in the area of smart mobility. Like Brainport, the region was proclaimed the smartest region of the world, and it has great ambitions in the area of Smart Mobility.
Noord-Brabant Provincial Executive member Christophe van der Maat brought good news: a network of roads between Helmond and Tilburg has been officially designated as a test environment for self-driving cars and other innovative traffic experiments.
At the end of the programme, a bidbook was presented for the organisation of the ITS conference 2019. On behalf of the partners, Helmond mayor Elly Blanksma called it ‘An offer you can’t refuse’.