Momentum Issue #102

July 18, 2022

Get Ready for ITS World Congress – Los Angeles 2022!!

The countdown has begun – just 60 days until the ITS World Congress kicks off on September 18 in Los Angeles!! ITS America is ready – are you?!

First and foremost, attendee and exhibitor registration is open if you haven’t yet registered. And don’t forget to book through the official room block. We’re very excited about the entire program, which was published last week – check out the full program as well as the schedule at-a-glance.

A few session highlights:

Plenaries and International Forums

Tuesday’s plenary is A Safe Systems Approach to Advancing Equitable Mobility. Panelists will discuss how transit, mobility-on-demand, automated vehicle safety metrics, and human-centered design help us think more broadly about safety to ensure no global citizen is left behind.

On Wednesday, the focus will be sustainability, with Transportation Decarbonization, Equity, and Technology – How ITS Advances a Sustainable and Socially Just Future, where the discussion will center around the evolution of how states, cities, and countries are approaching the intersections of transportation decarbonization, the rise of mobility on demand, attention to equitable, accessible transportation options, and how further deployment of technology can meet global climate, health, and equity goals.

On Thursday, we close out the plenaries with A Smarter, Digital Future – How ITS Technology Serves as the Digital Backbone to Delivering Opportunity to Communities, in which panelists will share examples of how regions are addressing transportation challenges and investing in technology to improve outcomes for their communities.

Also on Thursday, as part of the International Forums, Ensuring Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion of ITS: Current and Future Actions will explore how to best overcome barriers to using ITS.

Opening Ceremony

The event will feature public and private sector leaders from the United States and around the world. We have not yet announced keynote speakers, so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks. The Opening Ceremony will feature a panel discussion with these regional leaders on California’s ecosystem of transportation innovation and Los Angeles’ approach to transformational mobility.

  • Kome Ajise, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Toks Omishakin, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles DOT
  • Stephanie Wiggins, CEO, LA Metro;

The Exhibit Floor and Demonstrations

One of the highlights of every ITS World Congress is the buzz around what is happening in the exhibit hall, and it will be no different in the Los Angeles Convention Center. There is still time to secure exhibit space! Join more than 250 exhibitors, including Bosch, Caltrans, Denso, Cubic, HERE, Honda, Intel, Inrix, Michelin, Microsoft, and the U.S. Department of Transportation among others. Exhibiting is a great way to gain exposure to leaders, influencers, and experts. Please contact Vivienne Reynolds if your organization is interested in joining us on the show floor.

The Federal Highway Automation Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA) Booth is a can’t-miss interactive experience – attendees can observe and interact with the technology in a cooperative smart intersection of the future. The booth showcases cutting-edge research technology, including Level 3 automated passenger and heavy vehicles, thermal pedestrian detection, blended open-source simulation, real-world driver behavior demonstrations, and scaled automated vehicle and infrastructure technology to support training and workforce development. When you visit, cross the modeled smart CDA intersection at this booth for a one-of-a-kind experience immersed in the future of intelligent transportation.

After that, be sure to check out the Innovation Zone, a launchpad for emerging, intelligent transportation products, services, and business models. The Zone offers opportunities to interact with featured, early-stage companies with the goal of commercializing offerings. And don’t forget about the Global ITS Innovation Competition, which connects innovators, government, start-up funders, talent, and others to find new ways to use automation, connectivity, sustainable tech, and other solutions to advance safer, greener, and smarter transport. The top seven finalists will pitch their ideas to a distinguished panel of judges, comprised of ITS experts and industry thought leaders.

We have more to announce in the coming weeks, so we hope you are as excited for “Transformation by Transportation” as we are – see you in Los Angeles!