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The Great AV Debates (February) - Will AVs save the world, making roads safer, more efficient? Or are they just media hype? 

T-Tech 19 (April 29-30) - New Zealand's transport technology conference announcements coming soon.  

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ITS World Congress 2019 Singapore

ITSWC19 Singapore

Date: 21-25 October, 2019
Venue: SUNTEC Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

"The 2019 Congress theme of “Smart Mobility, Empowering Cities” reflects Singapore’s commitment to create the most liveable smart city in support of a higher quality of life and an ever-connected community. With a comprehensive format of plenary and interactive sessions, as well as a dynamic exhibition with technical demonstrations and tours, the World Congress 2019 will be an opportunity for our sponsors and partners to network, discuss and share ground-breaking transport technology, and forge mutually beneficial partnerships to further unleash the power of ITS." - Mr Ngien Hoon Ping, hairman, ITS World Congress Singapore 2019 Steering Committee, Chief Executive, Land Transport Authority 

2019 ITS World Congress website

Past Events

Knowledge Hub Conference 2018 - Understanding & Delivering Transport Outcomes

The conference will be held in Wellington on Thursday 15 November 2018, registrations close on November 9th. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Understanding and delivering transport outcomes’. The purpose of the transport system is to improve wellbeing and liveability. It does this by contributing to five key transport outcomes.

MoT Outcomes Framework Final

More detail on the event can be found here

Transport Knowledge Hub Conference webpage | View Draft Programme

Austroads Webinar: Implications of Traffic Sign Recognition Systems for Road Operators

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10am NZ Time (1pm AEST), 23rd October 

Vehicle manufacturers are looking to enable speed assistance and automated driving using Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) systems. The benefits of successful introduction are likely to be significant for road safety and network efficiency. A recent study combined real world automated vehicle trials, research into world best practice and engagement with industry to identify current limitations of TSR across Australia and New Zealand.

Join in a live Q&A with the presenters to ask questions about the relationship between Traffic Sign Recognition and our current road infrastructure. Registrations are essential.

Presented by 
Chris Jones, Austroads, Project Manager - Automated Vehicles
Yasmin Roper, Arup, Project Engineer - Intelligent Mobility and Highways 
Mark Rowland, Arup, Associate in Transport and Cities Planning

Find out more and register

Asia-Pacific Energy Leader's Summit 

APEL Summit

Boundaries between electricity, transport, finance and other industries are becoming increasingly blurred. This year’s Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit, being held in Wellington on 31 Oct to 1 Nov, seeks to build a shared understanding of how businesses can create disruption both from within and externally in a rapidly changing energy landscape and how to harness transformation by leveraging the value of data analytics and new technologies to achieve social, environmental and commercial outcomes.

Visit the Summit Website

Download the Summit Flyer


ITS New Zealand World Congress Reviews & Networking events

Copenhagen REVIEW 

Didn't make it to the World Congress in Copenhagen? These networking events in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch gave members an opportunity to hear from some of those that represented New Zealand, delivering papers, moderating panels and promoting New Zealand's innovations.  

The World Congress is the pinnacle of Intelligent Transport Systems conferences internationally, attracting over six thousand delegates each year to hear about and discuss the latest innovative products, business ideas, trials and the latest research into transport technology and mobility solutions.     

With next year's ITS World Congress taking place in Singapore this was an opportunity to hear about what happens at the World Congress events. 

These free events will also be a great opportunity to network with your peers, with drinks and nibbles provided. A limited number of tickets will be provided to non-members.   

Speakers at the events included some of the following members:

  • Blair Monk Aurecon
  • Andrew Gurr, Fusion Networks 
  • Mike Rudge, Stantec
  • Martin Leak, Resolve Group
  • Gareth Robins, EROAD
  • Richard Young, Beca
  • Andy Lighthowler, Beca
  • Mahmood Hikmet, HMI/Ohmio
  • Doug Wilson, University of Auckland


All Access NZTA Hackathon 

All Access Hackathon

Register by September 7th 

The All Access Hackathon focuses on using technology to create a more inclusive transport system. This hackathon will be held in Auckland from 4pm 21 to 4pm 23 September 2018. Registrations are limited. 

There are people and parts of New Zealand whose needs are not yet met by our current transport system, whether that is through geography, affordability, literacy, physical accessibility, and more. How can we use technology to bridge that gap to create a more accessible and inclusive transport system?

We're looking for problem solvers, creatives, developers, analysts, behavioural experts, UX designers and anyone who wants to make a difference. Whatever your skill set, we’d love you to be a part of the All Access Hackathon.

Alongside transport data at your fingertips, the event will see local and international suppliers bringing the latest technology and insights for you to bring your solution to life.

After working all weekend, teams present their concepts and prototypes and a judging panel will award first, second and third place prizes. The real prize will be the connections and mutual opportunity to create change in our communities.

Registrations close Friday 7 September, or when all participant spots are allocated.

ITS World Congress 2018 Copenhagen
Copenhagen 2018

Date: 17- 21 September, 2018
Venue: The Bella Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark 

The ITS World Congress rotates between Europe, the Asia Pacific region and the Americas, returning to Europe every three years. The Congresses provides the ideal opportunity for all stakeholders to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward and to develop their business by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions. 

The ITS World Congresses incorporate three main areas:

  • Congress programme sessions and presentations of the latest developments in ITS
  • Demonstrations – showcases of current ITS technology being developed and deployed throughout the world)
  • Exhibition – exhibition booths and dedicated sessions/events

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Register to attend and find out more at Join the discussion on Twitter by following @ITS_Congresses or the Hashtag #ITSWC18

ITS New Zealand AGM 2018 & Report back from the Future of Transportation Conference

View the AGM Notice & Agenda

Registrations officially closed on July 11th 

With our recently published Strategy and Business Plan and a highly successful launch of tour annual  T-Tech summit, the AGM was a great opportunity to hear our plans for the year ahead including events, skills development and T-Tech 2019. 

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Conference Review by Helen Robertson, Ministry of Transport 
The Future of Transportation World Conference brought together leaders with the common goal of devising better solutions for providing safe, efficient, sustainable transportation for the world in 2030 and beyond. 'Getting Transportation Off the Ground’ was a core theme of the event, examining how personal airborne transportation systems will become viable mass transportation. The futuristic vision of skyscrapers surrounded by airborne transport for mass commuting could be just a few years away, but are the world’s governments and existing transport providers and operators prepared? Will new modes mean today’s automotive companies become lost in history or will they – as, for example, Mercedes has long stated – be part of the new transport solution?
Other conference themes that Helen will hope to cover include:

  • Legal and technical issues of autonomous vehicles
  • Mobility as a Service
  • Urban air mobility
  • Investment in infrastructure

Helen Robertson is a Principal Adviser in the Ministry of Transport’s Strategic Policy and Innovation team.  She has a strong interest in aviation regulatory issues, and in recent years has focussed on how to support the UAS industry to thrive.  This has included developing a cross-government strategy to ensure better coordination on UAS issues. She was also part of the cross-government project team that developed the outer space and high altitude regulatory regime to enable Rocket Lab to operate in New Zealand. Since moving to the Innovation team, she is now turning her mind to other transport disruptive technologies and how we can better prepare New Zealand for their adoption.

Future Data and Skills Requirements in ITS in New Zealand


Time and date: 2.30pm - 6.00pm, Wednesday 30th May 2018
Venue: AREA, Boulcott Suites North Tower, 1 O’Reilly Avenue, Wellington

ITS New Zealand, the NZ Transport Agency and the Transport Knowledge Hub would like to invite you to join us for the launch of two recent research reports on the future data, skills and training requirements to support future Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in New Zealand.

Research Presentations: 

1. Chris Bowles, WSP Opus, “Data opportunities for intelligent mobility
2. Julian Williams, BERL, and Doug Wilson, University of Auckland, “Technology-related transport skill requirements and availability

This will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic ”Where to next – a private sector and government sector perspective”. Panel Speakers:

Andrew Gurr, Vice President, ITS New Zealand 
Sandy Fong, Principal Adviser, Ministry of Transport 
Henry Pretorius, Manager Business Intelligence Direction, NZ Transport Agency 
Moderator: Lee McKenzie, Ministry of Transport/ITS NZ

This event will include opening remarks from the Ministry of Transport.
Download the flyer

Did you miss the event? Access the reports and presentations below

Chris Bowles WSP Opus: ‘Data opportunities for intelligent mobility’

Julian Williams, BERL: ‘Technology related transport skill requirements and availability’

T-Tech Transport Innovation Conference

T-Tech Transport Innovation Conference

LOCATION: PRINCES BALLROOM, PULLMAN HOTEL, AUCKLAND //,174.7683227,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6d0d47fce3576a3f:0x639fb9217c343bcd!8m2!3d-36.848164!4d174.7705114?hl=en" data-mce-href=",174.7683227,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6d0d47fce3576a3f:0x639fb9217c343bcd!8m2!3d-36.848164!4d174.7705114?hl=en">(LINK TO MAP)
Examining trends, innovations, challenges and opportunities the T-Tech Transport Innovation Conference is organised by Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand (ITSNZ). Featuring presentations by world-renowned thought-leaders, senior experts, academics and innovators. T-Tech aims to inform and inspire attendees, looking at international ideas and activity and examining New Zealand's own activity and strategies.

New and superior technology, new modes of transport, emerging business models and better connectivity are creating opportunities to improve transport networks and urban design that will create better communities, efficient, sustainable and safer transport for people and business.

For more information visit

Networking & 2017 ITS World Congress Review

Registrations closed | Wellington TBC

Couldn't make it to the 2017 ITS World Congress in Montreal? Come along to one of two networking evenings and discuss the highlights with members of the ITS New Zealand Board of Directors and others that attended. Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of Aurecon. Please register by 10th November, to assist us with planning and catering. 

 Christchurch Wednesday 22nd November 5-6.30pm //,172.6326152,21z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbe942cd1ed392eb4!8m2!3d-43.53292!4d172.632621" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-mce-href=",172.6326152,21z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbe942cd1ed392eb4!8m2!3d-43.53292!4d172.632621">Level 2, Iwikau Building, 93 Cambridge Terrace | Wellington TBC

The World Congress is the world's leading event for intelligent transport systems, a week-long single event where new technologies, the latest research and innovative approaches to transport planning, transport management and transport operations are discussed and examined. This year's World Congress was hosted by ITS America, and ITS Canada in Montreal and for the first time it featured a Smart Cities Pavilion.

Representing New Zealand this year, a Christchurch City stand in the Smart Cities Pavilion, showcased both innovations and their experience of earthquake recovery, especially how technology played a big part. It was part of a continued effort to promote their aspirations to become a Smart City and attract international interest. 

Sharing their insights and learnings from the World Congress in Auckland will be Mike Rudge (Stantec) and Blair Monk (Aurecon), in Christchurch Stephen Hewett (Beca) and Andrew Gurr (Fusion Networks). 

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Register via email  (Limited spaces available, media restricted)

In association with the Ministry of Transport, we are proud to present Jari Kauppila, Luis Martinez and Arie Bleijenberg.  

Wellington December 4th, 9am-12.30pm, //,174.7767919,18.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xff19a7819b1d2eee!8m2!3d-41.2812402!4d174.7768512" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-mce-href=",174.7767919,18.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xff19a7819b1d2eee!8m2!3d-41.2812402!4d174.7768512">Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 15 Stout Street

9:00 to 9:45 am Jari Kauppila to present a detailed presentation of shared mobility study results
9:45 to 10:30 am Arie Bleijenberg to present his work on future of mobility (45 min)
10:30 to 11:00 am Morning tea break (30 min)
11:00 to 12:00 noon Luis to present the modelling methodology for the shared mobility study (1 hour)

Jari Kauppila, PhD,  Head of Statistics and Modelling at the International Transport Forum (OECD) 
Jari heads the work on ITF Transport Outlook and Statistics. The ITF Transport Outlook is ITF’s flagship publication examining the development of global transport volumes, both freight and passenger, and related emissions through 2050 under different policy scenarios.

Arie Bleijenberg, Business Director and Author of Author of "Beyond the car era" 
A researcher and thought leader on the future of mobility Arie believes policy-makers in Western civilizations "need a new compass" as we begin a time urbanisation which mass transit, shared transit and cycling offer advantages. 

Luis Martinez,  Transport Analyst at the International Transport Forum's Reseach Unit

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Expert Speaker Series - Richard Harris: Mobility as a Service - Disrupting Transport Silos

Download presentation here

Richard Harris is an internationally recognised expert in Intelligent Transport Systems. He has over 30 years’ experience and has held senior positions in leading companies (including ICC, AECOM, WSP, Logica and Xerox) and industry associations (including ITS(UK), ERTICO, PIARC, IRF, IBEC, MaaS Alliance….) and been at the forefront of ITS development and deployment.

Recently Richard joined HMI Technologies as their Director for Europe, his new role is to develop business in Europe and elsewhere to help exploit opportunities for the game-changing company innovations in transportation systems and services. 

Richard was inducted into the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame in 2015 as the recipient of the life time achievement award. His citation read
‘An effective and charismatic champion and thought-leader for ITS for over 25 years who selflessly promotes ITS in general, without commercial considerations or bias. Known, respected, trusted and liked by ITS professionals all over the world, his commitment in worldwide organizations continues to inspire and benefit the international ITS community.’

Richard's presentation will cover the two different Mobility as a Service payment models, monthly subscription and "pay as you go". He will outline the business models that have been developed and are being tested as well as the challenges. He will discuss the role of the transport authorities and the policy objectives that will assist in establishing successful platforms.

Richard will also talk about the role of first and last mile transport options and various international developments. This is a great opportunity to hear from an international expert and quiz Richard on international experiences. 

Steffen Schaefer Presentation

Steffen Schaefer HMI Technologies

Steffen Schaefer - IoT and Smart Cities Expert

Steffen Schaefer is an internationally recognised expert for Smart Mobility and the Internet of Things. In his 20 year career, he worked for Siemens and IBM in innovation management and thought leadership roles, he has worked in Europe, China and the US and has recently joined HMI Technologies’ Executive Team appointed as HMI’s Chief Digital Officer.

With a degree in Business Computer Science, Steffen's career has seen him consistently working on leading edge solutions with customers primarily in Transportation and Logistics, Automotive, Telecommunications, and Public sectors. His work has always been in the Mobile Internet, Pervasive Computing, and Sensor Networks space - what today is called the Internet of Things. Steffen has deep experience in wireless networks, cloud, sensor data, data analytics, and agile software development.

In his presentation, Steffen started with a personal introduction and shared experiences that are relevant for the ITS community. He reflected on the state of the “Smart City” and lessons learned on his projects towards providing Mobility as a Service. He made predictions on what the key digital technologies will be for the ITS sector, and sketch a potential future scenario for connected, automated mobility and Mobility as a Service.

Mobileye Presentation New Zealand 

Jason Bloom / Mobileye  

Jason Bloom is the Territory head for Mobileye New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. 

Mobileye’s headquarters are based in Jerusalem, Israel and are the global leaders in the development of computer vision technology for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving.

Mobileye was established in 1999 and is now working with more than 25 of the leading auto manufacturers. Their unique technology can be found in over 15 million vehicles worldwide.

Mobileye recently attracted significant international attention after being purchased by Intel for US$15 Billion.

Jason will present on:

  • This breakthrough technology and the positive lifesaving impact it is having across the globe.
  • Mobileye Collision Avoidance Systems which can be retrofitted to existing vehicles including buses, trucks and cars
  • Current partnerships with Governments & Authorities

The Transport Revolution - Presentation by Martin McMullan, NZTA 

Preceding the 2017 ITS New Zealand AGM, Martin McMullan, Director of Connected Journeys at NZTA discussed the transport revolution which is both emerging and evolving. His presentation covered Mobility As A Service (MAAS), the emerging business models, associated technology and how they will impact our behaviour and our use of transport infrastructure.

Martin also discussed how changes at NZTA are preparing the agency for the "revolution" and the key pivot points that are guiding their decisions.



WE Room 230, WE Building, AUT City Campus, August 3rd, 12:05-1pm

Wireless technologies are enabling vehicles to be connected to each and to roadside infrastructures and providing an important platform for innovations in intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

This presentation reports on the implementation of the Automotive test bed for Reconfigurable and Optimized Radio Access (AURORA) on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), which is a part of the CDN$1.3M ACTIVE-AURORA network of test beds funded by the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative of the Canadian Government with the objective of providing a platform for investigating and implementing innovative Connected Vehicle (CV) technologies and helping to propel Canada to the forefront of ITS research. 

The Laboratory for Wireless Networks and Mobile System (WiNMoS) has been engaged in research on wireless-enabled connected vehicle systems since 2008. Before we describe the motivations, development plan, and current implementation status of the AURORA test bed, we shall introduce CV technologies and applications, and review some of WiNMoS’ research results on wireless ITS. 



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Presentation and Q&A with Steve West and Nick Smith of Charge Net, and Elizabeth Yeaman, EECA

From luxury Tesla sports cars to commercial fleets, EVs create an opportunity to make road transport much more sustainable and they are forecast to be a big part of mobility as a service.

The number of EVs in New Zealand recently surpassed 1000 vehicles, and is starting to rise dramatically. At this event we discuss the implications of a growing EV fleet have on the way New Zealanders use roads and vehicles.

Chaired by Blair Monk, Technical Director, Network Optimisation & Intelligent Transport Systems, Aurecon

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Elizabeth Yeaman, General Manager Transport, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.  Since joining EECA in 1996 Liz has worked in a variety of roles, covering local government, transport and renewable energy. Her current focus at EECA is on accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand. 
She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resource Engineering and before joining EECA, worked in engineering and fuels consultancy. She is a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (NZ).

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Steve West, CEO, Charge Net has held a fascination with Electric Vehicles since he was a child. Co-founder, owner, and director of Serato, the worlds leading digital DJ solution, Steve is passionate about promoting New Zealand business success, sustainability, and energy independence. His current focus is on accelerating the transition away from fossil fuel based transportation to Electric Vehicle transport.

Responsible for importing New Zealand's first Tesla Model S, Steve is an enthusiastic campaigner for the uptake of Electric Vehicles in New Zealand. He is spearheading the roll out of the largest rapid charging network in the southern hemisphere. Steve will be joined by Nick Smith, COO and head of engineering for Charge Net.

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Dr Peter Sweatman CaVita

Dr Peter Sweatman, a world expert on the development and deployment of autonomous and connected vehicles and Co-Founder of CAVita consultancy.

Until the end of 2015, when he left to become co-found CAVita consultancy, Dr Sweatman was Director of the University of Michigan’s Transport Research Institute (UMTRI). UMTRI and the newly established MCity, an artificial city research facility that Dr Sweatman helped establish, are at the forefront of research into implementing ITS technologies.  Vehicle technology companies globally go to Michigan to use these facilities to test their products.  In particular, in 2013 and 2014, UMTRI conducted what is still the largest trial of nearly 3000 connected vehicles around the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan on behalf of the US Department of Federal Highway Administration. More recently, companies including Ford have begun testing autonomous vehicles at MCity.

We are very pleased to be able to arrange for Dr Sweatman to visit New Zealand, following a visit he is making to Australia to assist with the planning of the upcoming ITS World Congress

The presentation by Dr Sweatman will be followed by an opportunity for discussion. The presentations will be preceeded by complimentary lunch and networking opportunity. 

The Auckland presentation will be followed by the ITS New Zealand AGM (see below).

Dr Sweatman's presentation is available to download here>


The ITS AGM was held in February.

Presentations are available here 


ICCVE The international Connected Vehicles Conference attracts a wide range of communities together. In 2015 the event is supported by APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation).

During the 5-day conference international experts on connected vehicles, practitioners and policymakers from all around the world will present innovations and advances on connected vehicles, share experiences and insights, forecast the trends and opportunities, and discuss policy, economics and social implications. 

Date: 19-23 October 2015

Venue: Shenzhen, China

View the ICCVE website


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The ITS Congress and Exhibition is the world’s largest ITS industry event. The Bordeaux Congress focussed on how intelligent mobility will change our lives but also on the benefits space can bring to ITS applications.

The ITS World Congress Theme for 2015 is “Towards Intelligent Mobility – Better Use of Space”. 

Date: 5-9 October 2015 Venue: The Bordeaux Convention Centre, France



The Ministry of Transport hosted a series of seminars on the Intelligent Transport Systems Technology Action Plan 2014-2018.  
The Action Plan was published in June 2014 and sets out how intelligent transport systems (ITS) can contribute to meeting the Government’s objectives for New Zealand’s transport system, and what the Government sees as its role with ITS in New Zealand. The Action Plan specifies 42 individual action points, for delivery over a four-year period. The Ministry of Transport will report on their progress in establishing the building blocks for ITS in New Zealand. We’d also like to hear feedback about what else the Government can do to encourage ITS in New Zealand. 
MoT are also hosted two guest speakers from NICTA at the seminars. NICTA is Australia’s largest organisation dedicated to ICT research and is currently managing the world’s first vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications trial for heavy vehicles.


Gold and Silver Members

ITS New Zealand Gold Member New Zealand Ministry of Transport
ITS New Zealand sponsor HMI Technologies
ITS New Zealand sponsor Stantec
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ITS New Zealand Gold members logo Beca
ITS New Zealand Gold member Fusion Networks Limited

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