On Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd March, John Paddington, Senior Project Manager of Conigital was lucky enough to attend Intertraffic in Amsterdam. If you’ve never been to Intertraffic before, it’s a huge exhibition – thirteen halls devoted to a wide range of transport products. There were two halls – Smart Mobility and Transport Technology for start ups. Everything from variable message signs to road painting and safety helmets, technology had a place in every corner.
The smart mobility hall included two theatres devoted to the latest thinking on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected / Autonomous Vehicles. Those keen enough to attend at 9:30 before the exhibition officially opened on the Thursday could hear a series of talks on MaaS arranged by H3B Media. These talks included Sampo Hietanen of MaaS Global reminding us all to dream when it comes to transport; Debbie Dekkers of the City of
Amsterdam talking about MaaS trials in the city and Piia Karjalainen of the MaaS Alliance explaining how cities can have different levels of involvement in MaaS. One of the biggest questions was asked by a speaker from the
City of Gelderland – asking if we really know what people want from autonomous vehicles?
Outside the hall, there were demonstrators, including one from the ATeam Eindhoven and featured a Toyota Prius equipped to automatically break at a red traffic light and restart when the light turned green.
John was one of the lucky few to have a ride in the vehicle, view below.
For the afternoon, we were back in the theatre to a welcomed talk from Stacy James of Irdeto addressing Autonomous Vehicles Cybersecurity from a hacker perspective. He reminded the audience that every partner involved in Autonomous Vehicles needs to pay attention to security. He cited an example of Target Supermarkets in the United States being compromised due to hackers accessing their network through their HVAC system being remotely accessible.
Friday was definitely quieter than Thursday at Intertraffic, there was a ‘last day of school’ feel to proceeding but gave more opportunities to talk to exhibitors, especially those on the popular stands. There was only one talk but it was a good one from Leddartech talking about the opportunities offered by flash based LIDAR. They highlighted stats from the US Department of Transportation which stated that ‘the last event in the crash causal chain, was assigned to the driver in 94 percent (±2.2%)† of the crashes’ which highlights to us the changes and the impact that the Autonomous Industry has such potential to achieve.