Abu Dhabi hosts the 4th International Conference of Future mobility

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has launched the Emirates International Future Mobility Award which aims to encourage the UAE’s academic and research authorities and university students to develop new innovations and systems in the autonomous and eco-friendly vehicle sector.

H.E. Abdulla Abdulqader Al Maeeni, Director General at ESMA, announced that the major vehicle manufacturers worldwide – through the award – will adopt and sponsor the winning projects by developing and applying ideas and allowing the winners to pay onsite visits to vehicle production lines of these companies and check out the latest technology they are using.

The conference and its co-located exhibition are organized in co-operation with the Department of Transport Abu Dhabi (DoT),  under the patronage of His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy and Chairman of the Authority, from 7-8 November at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Hotel.

HE added that the Authority will provide the opportunity for universities to present their projects, research and models, which will be evaluated, reviewed and measured by the world’s leading institutions. This represents an important opportunity for researchers, students and pioneers of the smart vehicle industry. ESMA has adopted this concept to establish and support the innovation culture in the UAE community.

HE explained that the award is divided into three categories. The first covers sustainable mobility, which will enable projects that care about reducing gas emissions and other air pollutants, through increasing reliance on clean energy and in line with the national agenda (UAE Vision 2021) and ESMA agenda 2017 – 2021 in terms of global leadership in raising the quality of products in a way that supports sustainable development and enhances the quality of life, and elevates the country’s status as a global economic center.

The second category is digital innovation, which relies on the use of solutions and applications to improve connection and communication between vehicles, and translates the vision of smart and sustainable cities. The third category addresses the green infrastructure, which includes projects such as batteries, charging systems and stations, safe disposal of batteries in an environmentally friendly manner.

“One of the important aspects to be considered within the electric mobility system in the region is “weather”, that is very hot and humid during summer. Thus the durability of the battery, fast charging  and the capacity of charging and wireless charging and disposal of batteries plays an important role in future mobility,” Al Maeeni said.

Organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the 4th International Conference on Future Mobility (ICFM) kicked off today (Wednesday November 7th) in Abu Dhabi, featuring a global elite of automotive and modern technology experts including around 450 experts and professionals representing more than 175 government and private institutions from around 18 countries worldwide.

HE Al Maeeni announced that during this year’s edition,  ESMA  – for the first time – hosts a specialized introduction workshop for emergency response agencies such as police, civil defense and ambulance to train them on how to deal with accidents in electric vehicles.

He added At Future Mobility this year, ESMA is hosting a meeting with the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) to set a policy of cooperation between ESMA , the Council and international bodies, in terms of autonomous vehicles, a very important step that will include a regulatory framework that UAE has contributed in its creation and development.

He also announced the GCC countries’ adoption of the UAE project for electric vehicles, which will be deployed across the six countries. Accordingly, GCC bodies will be given a certificate of conformity to the electric vehicles.

For the first time, during the event, ESMA has dedicated experiences for the public to experience the autonomous vehicles, at the St. Regis Saadiyat Hotel in Abu Dhabi where the general public can experience an autonomous vehicle. There will be transportation to and from the demo area of the hotel.

The conference and exhibition discussed the challenges and opportunities in this promising sector, in a time when Artificial intelligence in the automotive industry and in the transport sustainable infrastructure will be the latest feature in the 4th ICFM, Held this year under the theme of ‘Artificial Intelligence and Future Mobility’,

UAE International Award

“The automotive and transport sector faces a future that may radically differ from its present and past, especially as there are many trends and innovations ranging from decentralization in the field of energy and IoT and artificial intelligence, all of which combine together to radically transform the global transport and mobility ecosystem”, HE added.

“The digital and technical revolution in the automotive sector, such as self-driving and AI, has the potential to fully transform the mobility system. In ESMA we recognize that the real potential of these technologies cannot be fully realized unless the legislative and technical base is set for them. We contribute to achieving this vision by developing  the necessary regulatory frameworks and infrastructure for technical legislation and standard specifications.”

Al Maeeni added: “The acquisition of practical experience from these new systems will allow our government to keep pace with these technological developments. We work closely with manufacturers and regulators around the world, and closely follow this sector’s developments, and consistently seek to develop a regulatory framework and standards that comply with global legislation.”

“The transformation of the country’s mobility sector and supporting fast adoption of green, smart and autonomous transport systems and mechanisms have been part of the agendas and vision of government authorities that have launched a series of important initiatives and plans to realize the vision of making the UAE a global capital for the future, including Abu Dhabi transport management Strategy, the road transport comprehensive plan, Dubai strategy for autonomous mobility the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative”, HE said.

Along the conference, an exhibition showcased the latest technologies that represent the future of mobility. Government agencies, auto manufacturers and suppliers of infrastructure solutions will present their initiatives, products and innovative solutions in the fields of intelligent mobility and communication between vehicles and environmentally friendly vehicles.

The European experience

Christian Drakulic, the Director of Innovation at the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation, and Technology, was among the headline speakers on the first day of the 4th ICFM.  Drakulic’s presentation covered Electric Mobility Europe, an EU project aimed at advancing transnational e-mobility through research, and creating policies toward potential deployable solutions.  He said the UAE, with its relatively new transport infrastructure was uniquely positioned to be an early adopter of AI in future mobility solutions.

The conference featured a number of international speakers, including Christian Draculik, Director of Innovation at the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, one of the keynote speakers on the first day of the conference. He  highlighted the European Mobility Project, an EU project to promote mobility Cross-border research through research and policy development of viable solutions. With its modern mobility infrastructure, the UAE has positioned itself in a unique position to be one of the first adopters of artificial intelligence in future mobility solutions.

“Compared to Europe, the UAE doesn’t have long-lasting history in transport infrastructure, yet this might to some extent turn out as an advantage since the country doesn’t need to consider an ‘old heritage’ with stranded investments and technically determined mobility patterns,” said Drakulic.

“Therefore it seems viable for the UAE to leapfrog some technological development stages and directly kick-off the launch of novel mobility solutions making full use of artificial intelligence as enabling technology.”

UAE strategy

François Guichard, Mechanical engineer at the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), and another speaker at the 4th ICFM, said the UAE’s strategy toward AI is highly commendable.

“We’ve observed that others comment on UAE activities in a very highly positive note, probably due to the signals sent outside of the country, such as its strategy toward AI,” said Guichard, who spoke about countering cyber security threats in connected mobility at the 4th ICFM.

“The 4th ICFM gives me the opportunity to share with the audience information on best practices and what is discussed by the international community on these items. It also provides an opportunity to exchange and learn from experts on the development in the Middle East.”

The international nature is a key focal point of the 4th ICFM, where more than 450 delegates from 18-plus countries representing some 175 organisations are expected to attend.

Government Partners

In addition, the government Partners for the annual summit include the UAE Insurance Authority, the Supreme Council of Energy, and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, while the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) is on-board as Strategic Partner, and Emirates Transport as Associate Partners.

The event is also supported by leading automotive manufacturers and distributors including Al-Futtaim Motors, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, Emirates Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Company, Abu Dhabi Motors, General Motors, Tesla and Isuzu.

Organised by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), the 4th ICFM is hosted in co-operation with the Department of Transport Abu Dhabi (DoT), and is supported by numerous strategic partners from the federal and local governments. More information is available at: www.mobility-future.com.

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