The Ukrainian Association of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS Ukraine) officially launched yesterday in Kyiv to promote the use of Intelligent Transport Systems across Ukraine.
Intelligent transport systems (ITS) use modern technologies to make transport safer, smarter and cleaner.
ITS Ukraine will work to promote the use of ITS systems in Ukraine and contribute to the development of a national transport network that uses new technologies to boost economic growth, reduce pollution and make travel easier and safer for everyone.
Linking tech companies, public authorities, user groups and research organisations – ITS Ukraine supports the local ITS industry and gives Ukrainian ITS companies a voice on the international stage – helping the country to benefit from international best-practices and research programs.
Ahead of the launch, ITS Ukraine’s Chairman Ian Bearder explained why he is excited about the launch of the association:
“Ukraine’s transport infrastructure desperately needs modernising and many new technologies are available to help make it safer, smarter and cleaner. Electric cars, passenger information systems and automated safety devices etc are little understood and underused in Ukraine, but they offer new ways to solve common transport problems.
Ukraine also has an extremely talented software and IT sector which, I believe, could lead the world in the development and production of intelligent transport systems.
Finally, Ukraine now has full access to EU research and innovation funding via Horizon 2020 and we would like to help Ukrainians make maximum use of this programme – engaging and collaborating with their European neighbours.”
Ukraine’s transport requirements and priorities may differ slightly from more advanced European nations, but by linking different transport and IT stakeholders, ITS Ukraine is seeking to take an active part in solving the many different challenges.