The ITS World Congress will take place from 11 to 15 of October 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. It is the 27th ITS World Congress in a row and the most important international industry event in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). More than 15.000 visitors are expected to attend the 200 programme sessions of the conference, while more than 400 exhibitors will participate. Autonomous driving shared and multimodal transport, and the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles in logistics and mobility are just a few of the fast-evolving transport trends that will be discussed at the 2021 Congress.

The program of the congress has been divided into six topics, offering the opportunity to experience the future mobility: i) Automated & Connected Driving; ii) Mobility on Demand, Mobility as a Service; iii) Goods journey from ports to customers; iv) Intelligent Infrastructure; v) New services from new technologies; vi) Solutions for cities and citizens. HEADSTART project will be represented in the three following sessions:

Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Messe- B6 – Room 6

Automated, Cooperative & Connected Mobility


Moderated by : Tim Morris, Arup, United Kingdom

Speakers :

  • Olaf Op den Camp (TNO) – Generation of tests for safety assessment of V2V platooning trucks
  • Maria Pia Fanti (Polytechnic University of Bari) – Governance Rules of the Federated Network of Platforms in Logistics
  • Georgia Ayfantopoulou (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute for Transport) – Achieving efficient collaborative business environment in logistics: service classification and deployment gaps in FENIX project
  • Pol Camps (imec) – A business model for automated road freight in geo-fenced highway areas: impact and implications

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Messe – B6 – Room 9

Automated, Cooperative, and Connected Mobility


Moderated by: David Evans, IDIADA Automotive Technology UK, United Kingdom

Speakers :    

  • Carlos Lujan – Failsafe operation: considerations for homologation procedure
  • Timo Hoffmann (Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)) – Data for Road Safety – Safety Related Traffic Information across Brands & Borders
  • Simon Ellwanger (Daimler Truck AG) – Functional-safety considerations for multi-brand truck platooning
  • Steven Shladover (University of California PATH Program) – Framework for Safety Assurance of Automated Driving Systems:  Unresolved Issues
  • Álvaro Arrúe (Research Institutes of Sweden) – Technical and functional requirements for V2X communication, positioning and cyber-security in the HEADSTART project

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Messe – B6 – Room 5

Automated, Cooperative & Connected Mobility


Moderated by: Stephane Dreher, ERTICO – ITS Europe, Belgium


  • Hendrik Weber (Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) – RWTH Aachen University) – Automated Evaluation of Automated Driving across Multiple Urban Test Sites: Practical Challenges and Solutions
  • Håkan Burden (RISE Research Institutes of Sweden) – The role of policy labs for introducing autonomous vehicles
  • Oriol Flix (IDIADA Automotive Technology S.A.) – Mutual recognition for platooning tests in open roads based on ENSEMBLE project
  • Vic Harkness (F-Secure) – Future threats to ITS networks and CAV infrastructure

Find out more information about the Congress and the registration process here.