TISA takes part at the 25th ITS World Conference

October 18, 2018

The ITS World Congress is the most important international event for Intelligent Transport Systems, gathering prestigious autonomotive and telecomunications companies, mobility experts, policy makers and service providers around the world.

This year, the Congress was hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark, and TISA was present with its Members to showcase and share with over 10,000 visitors from more than 100 countries its latest findings and technologies.

Starting with a special interest session on “A new Cooperation Approach for an Automated Driving Ecosystem”, TISA‘s Executive Director Matthias Unbehaun represented TISA at the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF), where TISA is one of the founding organisations together with NDS, ADASIS, and SENSORIS. Rather than dwelling on technical details, the session focused on how the OADF provides a horizontal interlinkage between the participating organisations.


In the past, critical topics had been identified by OADF task forces, which were then delegated for resolution into the corresponding organisations. Examples are the embedding of NDS locations in TPEG streams or the ongoing harmonization of lane-level enumerations between all four organizations.

An important contribution on the dynamic map activities in Japan came also from the SIP-adus project, which has joined the OADF, represented by Prof. Satoru Nakajo.

Moderated by Valerie Shuman, VP Industry Programs of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association and Principal of Shuman Group LLC, the SIS quickly turned into a lively discussion between the panelists and the audience, circling around the following questions:

  • How do we develop standards in the AD realm?
  • Which standards are required?
  • How to facilitate the adoption of such standards?

Among the panelists were Martin Schleicher, Elektrobit and Chairman of the NDS Association, Prof. Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo representing the SIP-adus project, Prokop Jehlicka, HERE and Chairman of SENSORIS, Jean-Charles Pandazis, ERTICO ITS Europe’s Coordinator for SENSORIS and ADASIS and Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director and OADF Speaker.

Besides organizing such a successful special interest session at the conference, OADF members were also collocated at the TISA stand in the exhibition hall. ADASIS, SENSORIS and the NDS Association used the opportunity to present work progress and make contacts with new prospective members of their organizations.

The 25th ITS World Congress concluded successfully for TISA and its Members, who appreciated the benefits of attending this international event.


„It is a great opportunity to be here together with TISA in Copenhagen”, said Martin Schleichber from Elektrobit. „I am here representing the NDS association, which has established the OADF together with ADASIS, SENSORIS and TISA and which purpose is to establish a platform that fosters the interaction between several standards that are dealing with maps and location, especially for autonomous driving“.

Jim O’neill from GEWI also expressed his satisfaction for the positive outcome of this Congress. „GEWI is all about traffic, creating products to provide the most accurate traffic information, so the TISA membership aligns quite well and TISA offers a good opportunity to deal with all the people working in the same field and dealing with protocols such as TPEG.”

Danny Woolard from GEWI also commented on this experience by saying that „The industry recognises TISA as a body that helps organizations looking after standards and this attracts a lot of people, so I think that just being here helps us meet and attract a larger audience“.