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More than 11,000 delegates converged on Melbourne to attend the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS 2016). The event, 11 years in the making, exceeded its delegate target by 76 per cent, attracting delegates from more than 73 countries to Australia.

There could be no better city than Melbourne to demonstrate the ITS 2016 theme of ‘enhancing liveable cities and communities’. The Economist has named it the world’s most liveable city for six consecutive years, and its liveability has only been enhanced by the intelligent transport systems that contribute to the community. ITS 2016 provided a platform for public and private sector representatives and academic institutions to present new innovations and research, while discussing issues and opportunities within the sector.

The conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Melbourne’s strong ITS community and global recognition as a leader in the sector were major factors in the overall success of the event.

Part of ITS 2016 involved showcasing a driverless car built in Melbourne and endorsed by the Victorian Government. The business benefits were significant; many partnerships and agreements – and four Memoranda of Understanding – were signed during the congress. Fresh innovations were also launched at the event, including new traffic controls, smart mobility software and major breakthroughs in connected cars.

In recognition of the sector’s local significance, the City of Melbourne hosted three sessions that were open to the public, demonstrating how events like this can engage the broader community.