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ITS Taiwan Delegation photo in ITS Taiwan Pavillion

The ITS World Congress is one of the key smart transportation technology and trade events in the world, attracting thousands of visitors from businesses and governments from up to 100 countries. Held yearly in a different country, the 27th edition was held in Hamburg, Germany where the event proved to be a considerable success despite the ongoing global pandemic. 

The ITS World Congress allows for in-depth cross-boundary knowledge exchange on the latest technologies, innovations and experience between countries aiming to improve transportation efficiency and address various industry challenges across the globe. The latest products, models and prototypes are presented to the public, enabling representatives from companies and governments to engage in dialogues that can further efforts for better cooperation and future collaboration. 

Photo with Mr. Akio Yamamoto, President & CEO of ITS Japan

Countries, such as Taiwan, have a great opportunity to showcase their various achievements in the field of intelligent transportation and mobility at the show. This year, the Taiwan delegation was headed by Dr. Shih Yi-Fang, CECI Chairman and the President of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Taiwan (ITS). 

After becoming the 11th President of ITS Taiwan in 2020, Dr. Shih immediately set out several new priorities for the society, among which is hosting the ITS World Congress in 2026. A successful bid for the ITS World Congress 2026 is expected to generate about $30 billion dollars’ worth of new opportunities for the host country, as well as present a unique chance to fully highlight the many accomplishments Taiwan has achieved over the past years in the field of ITS through the continuous engagement of local enterprises, the government and the public.

Dr. Shih stressed the importance of demonstrating Taiwan’s innovative abilities and achievements to the world, as well as taking another step towards the crucial task of bringing the 2026 ITS World Congress to Taipei, where it will undoubtedly become a great success. As part of this commitment, he will again lead the Taiwan delegation to the ITS Congress next year in Los Angeles, United States. 

Photo with Ms. Laura Chace, President and CEO of ITS America

Taiwan has long set its sights on becoming a global leader in smart transportation technology, aligning them closely to exploring deeper cooperation with many countries in the world, especially with this year’s host country Germany. Thus, the Taiwan delegation has taken this opportunity to promote engagement between the two countries. Taiwan representative to Germany Mr. Shieh Jhy-Wey also attended the Congress with the delegation as a show of support and solidarity.

The Taiwan delegation’s participation in the ITS World Congress 2021 was highlighted by the “APAC Best Technical Paper Award” given to Mr. Lin Ming-Le for his work detailing the intelligent signal control application on arterial roads in Taiwan – one of two papers written by CECI engineers that were selected as candidates for this prestigious award. 

APAC Best Technical Paper Award

Like many other major events organized in recent years, the ITS World Congress 2021 was not fully immune to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Precautionary measures were strictly implemented by the organizers. The delegation from Taiwan set out for Germany well prepared, with Dr. Shih ensuring that all members were fully vaccinated and provided with everything needed to travel and return home safely.