The annual ITS World Congress was held this year in Melbourne, Australia from the 10th to the 14th October 2016. This successful Congress covered all aspects of ITS from new technologies, automatic driving to navigation systems etc. The participation to this event was a follow-up of the last ITS Congress held in Bordeaux last October 2015, where the participation of GNSS.asia resulted in more outcomes than initially expected. The Melbourne Exhibition Centre offered excellent facilities, was very well organized and attracted about 10 000 professionals.
This year the GSA offered the possibility to the GNSS.asia project members (Yoko Kadoya, Daniel Ludwig, Pascal Viaud) to use the facilities of ERTICO with the financial support of GNSS.asia and Jupiter projects. Moreover, Daniel had the opportunity to participate in several sessions of the congress.
The sessions attended gave an interesting overall perception of the evolution of ITS and the increasing considerable role GNSS plays due to the security requirements of autonomous driving. Indeed, in times of increasing requirements on positioning accuracy, integrity is the key driver. The European Exhibition Corner was very well designed and contributed to an excellent atmosphere within the European Team. The GNSS Village was composed of the two GNSS.asia and Jupiter stands complemented by several ones attended by invited European companies. The absence of the GSA was another major difference compared to Bordeaux and was regrettable considering the overall investment in the event. The presence of the GNSS.asia team enabled European delegations to meet companies from Asia and Australia.
GNSS.asia is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.