Promoting TokyoWC in US


  (Date: 25 April, 2013)

The 23rd ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo was held in Nashville, TN on April 22-24, 2013, under the theme of “ITS: Real Progress, Great Future”. The event fascinated nearly 2000 participants which was the unique opportunity for ITS Japan and Japan Organizing Committee of the ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 to appeal our event in autumn.

Dr. Hiroyuki Watanabe, the Chairman of ITS Japan, being invited to the Opening Ceremony, introduced the latest topics about “automated driving” and “big data” in Japan which must play the key roles for future ITS developments. Moreover, he mentioned about the important use case of ITS in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and expressed sincere gratitude for the wide range of supports from overseas countries, especially from the US.  Last but not least, he did welcome everyone to join the Tokyo ITS World Congress this October, and he did not forget to promise the cooperation for the Detroit ITS World Congress 2014. 

In the exhibition, by courtesy of ITS America, ITS Japan had a stand next to the ITS America’s big space, and which advantaged them to draw a lot of attention from ITS America’s partners to the big ITS event in Tokyo which would start in less than six month.  The other networking events such as Minor League Baseball Game and Concert at Grand Ole Opry House were also the valuable opportunities for them to promote the event to many ITS colleagues from worldwide.


(Left: TokyoWC Promotion Stand, Right:With DetroitWC Chair, Mr. Barbaresso)

On the prior day of the Opening Ceremony, “Hear Directly from State DOT Leadership” was held inviting 23 State CEOs.  It was a roundtable hearing how State DOTs were dealing with the transportation issue and having the ITS strategies then Q&A followed.  It was the informative event to learn about the challenges of elderly driving, assistance for handicapped drivers, big data, and energy management, which were the common issues that Japan has been facing, and see the state-wide perspectives including the expectation to MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act).

ITS Japan celebrates ITS America’s success of the Annual Meeting and is looking forward to seeing many of them again in the Tokyo event this coming October for the continued discussion and information exchange to contribute to the livable mobility.