"It's nice to have all these companies and institutions showcasing their nice things," says Joost Vantomme on this week's Highways Voices podcast, "but what does the user think of that? What does the citizen think of that? There's a lot of questions on the new technologies. How do they work? What do they promise?"
The ERTICO - ITS Europe CEO is looking ahead to this year's ITS European Congress in Lisbon which runs from 22-24 May, and explains how new technology in transport will be put into the context of improving mobility with real-world examples.
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His colleague Lisa Boch-Andersen, who is Director of Communications, Congress and Events at ERTICO adds that Lisbon is a living example of transport technology, "It really is one of the major economic centres with a very busy transport network," she explains. "It has a lot of different mobility initiatives. It has major container ports, big bridges, and they just informed that there would be no major traffic in the centre of Lisbon."
You'll hear all about the different themes of the congress and also from LCRIG Director Kerry Winstanley about the UK Pavilion and how a range of British SMEs are exhibiting at the European Congress thanks to support from the Department Business and Trade, the Transport Technology Forum and LCRIG. These are; Zenzic, Navtech Radar, Clearview Intelligence, Nicander, Now Wireless, Angoka, Ito World, Arup, Neology, Grid Smarter Cities, See.Sense and VESOS. Members of the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and Intelligent Transport Systems UK will also be participating on the stand and there will be a visit to it from His Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugal, Chris Sainty.
On top of this you'll hear the latest news from the podcast partners, Adrian Tatum's pick of stories that have caught his eye on the Highways News website, plus why Kapsch Traficom wins this week's "Adrian's Accolade".