Hamburg has put itself on the map as a leader in the mobility solutions of the future, adopting Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to make moving around the city more efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly.

The German city adopted the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Strategy in Hamburg in April 2016, taking an important first step towards ‘Transport 4.0’ – utilising information, communication, and innovative technology for improvements including increasing traffic safety, enhancing traffic flow, and reducing the negative environmental impact caused by traffic. The city has targeted eight key activities: Data, intelligent traffic information, intelligent traffic management, intelligent infrastructure, intelligent mobility-as-a-service, intelligent parking, intelligent vehicles and promotion of innovation.

Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, said of the Strategy: “Large cities like Hamburg are confronted with the challenge of modernising important national and international transport hubs. Three of the nine major European transport arteries – the TEN-T corridors – intersect in Hamburg. Around 40,000 trucks drive into the Port of Hamburg every day, and more than 10 per cent of all rail freight journeys in Germany start or finish there. Each day, around 500,000 people commute to and from Hamburg. All forecasts predict that traffic will further increase on transregional transport routes. To meet this demand we need henceforward to develop and maintain a high-performing infrastructure. Digital transformation and the use of digital technologies will play a key role here. Hamburg wants to make good use of these opportunities and improve its use of digital technologies to make transportation more efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly.”

Testament to its growing strength in the sector, the city has won the right to host the 28th ITS World Congress in 2021. The event will take place from 11 to 15 October 2021 at Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) and will be hosted in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, bringing some 10,000 international visitors involved in the field of intelligent transport systems and services.

Indeed, Horch noted: “A key part of this (ITS) strategy was the city’s bid to host the ITS World Congress in 2021, which gives us additional motivation to implement the corresponding projects in a targeted and effective way.”

The main themes of the congress are: automated and connected driving, MaaS – Mobility as a Service, ports and logistics as well as intelligent infrastructure.

Hamburg’s bid, titled ‘Cos it’s Hamburg – City of Solutions’, was actively supported by more than 100 stakeholders from industry, research and associations across Germany and Europe. With its strength in transport, logistics, and information technologies, Hamburg is a fitting hub for ITS. There are 13 ITS Deutschland Network members in Germany overall, as well as 27 ITS associations in Europe. ITS-related income is expected to hit approximately €10 billion in Europe in 2020, with €4.7 billion of that in Germany.

Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau GmbH, noted: “The fact that the industry has been supporting Hamburg’s successful bid from a very early stage highlights the positive effects of fruitful collaboration. Events like these bring decision-makers, experts and talent to the city, and these individuals will be exposed to the local industry, business, and science sectors – and of course to the city itself. The ITS congress will generate knowledge in a subject domain that is highly topical and future-oriented.

Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, added: “In the coming years, Hamburg will be Germany’s model city for urban mobility and logistics solutions. The use of state-of-the-art technologies and a wealth of expertise will make traffic more efficient, eco-friendly and convenient for residents.”



(via ITS 2021 Hamburg, ITS Deutschland, IAPCO)