International Transport Forum - 2014 annual summit Transport for a Changing World | 21-23 may 2014 - Leipsig, Germany | France presidency

Fast forward a decade to a time when there are predicted to be nearly 50 billion internet-connected Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices. ITS America predicts a billion or more of these so-called "internet-of-things" devices will be either "smart" cars or "intelligent" transportation devices. But for "Big Data" to fulfill its promise in transportation, cultivating data will not be enough - it must be harvested, stored, processed and brought to market to be of value. The market for such data is just beginning to emerge.

Mobility issues are increasingly important in today’s fast-growing, innovative urban centres with conurbations set to be the drivers of economic recovery from the crisis: 85% of all GDP is earned in urban areas. Cities’ competitiveness relies heavily on an efficient urban transport system. Economic expansion exacerbates issues brought by growth in mobility and car dependence, creating congestion, environmental pollution and affecting road safety.

Welcome to the Transport for a Changing World Blog! We have created this space as the place to share thoughts, observations and ideas about how the megatrends the world faces today impact on transport. Change is everywhere; rarely has it been as deep and pervasive as in our era, and to understand complex trends by shining a strong light on them from different angles is the prerequisite for shaping responses that will stand the test of time.

Changing World - Latest posts

15 May 2014
Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

The sustainable transport community got a boost on 4-5 May at the Ascent Meeting in Abu Dhabi, which was an important staging post for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on 23 September in New York. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has decided to engage directly on climate change to... Read more