In mid-April, not only fans of Formula E gathered in Rome, but also pioneers of the city of the future. Accompanying the electric street racing series, the FIA held a Smart Cities Forum in the Italian capital. Representatives from the automotive sector, cities and industry were invited to discuss forward-looking mobility concepts. “A great event with many exciting impulses and contacts,” says Paulo Humanes, Head of Global Strategic Business Development, who was on site for PTV.
“Innovation in the Eternal City” was a suitable motto for the forum. Like many other metropolises, Rome, with its historic and dense transport infrastructure, faces numerous mobility challenges. For every 1,000 inhabitants there are 840 registered vehicles, 640 of which are cars. Rome has one of the highest motorization rates in Europe. This calls for innovation and the city is actively working on new concepts in this area. Mayor Virginia Raggi has helped initiate the Smart Cities Forum for precisely this reason.
“The central question of the forum was how to use technology and innovation to make faster progress towards more efficient and sustainable urban mobility,” explains Paulo Humanes. “We were able to exchange ideas not only with mobility experts, but also with representatives from other areas, such as the energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. It was very exciting and I am positive that many new approaches and cooperations will emerge from this forum.”
The PTV expert was one of the speakers at the panel discussion on “How to transform a city into a Smart City through tools and innovations”, where he presented how PTV software can help transform cities into Smart Cities.
At the PTV stand, visitors learned how cities can optimize their existing ecosystems with the help of PTV solutions for mobility and make them fit for the future. Paulo Humanes: “We were particularly honoured to discuss with FIA President Jean Todt how we can transform our cities in the future so that they remain sustainable and well worth living in.