Smart mobility, climate change talks held at World Road Congress

Day 4 of road event in Abu Dhabi saw discussions held on the provision of zero-emission roads and safer road infrastructure

World Road Congress 2019 is being held in Abu Dhabi.
World Road Congress
World Road Congress 2019 is being held in Abu Dhabi.

The penultimate day of the 26th World Road Congress – being held on 6-10 October at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) – saw government officials, thought leaders, and industry experts gather to discuss the need to adapt road systems for smart mobility, climate change, and road safety.

During the keynote session on smart mobility in roads and parking systems, group vice president of France’s automotive supplier Valeo, Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, said: “Around 35% of new cars worldwide will be automated by 2025 and by that time, there could be nearly 600 million connected vehicles on the roads. It shows technology is going to play an integral role and this will change the experience of travelling.”

Chief executive officer of Acciona in the Middle East, Jesus Sancho, said: “With the industry changing, companies need to be proactive in integrating sustainability to their plans going forward since they will have a positive impact on the development and the overall results of projects.”

The fourth day of the World Road Congress also focused on the global transport sector’s progress in implementing adaptation and mitigation actions agreed as part of the Paris Agreement.

Commenting on the need for transport systems to adopt a zero-emissions policy, general director of the Mexican Institute of Transportation, Roberto Aguerrebere-Salido, said: “Adapting to climate change to increase the resilience of road networks and road assets is increasingly a first-level task for countries.

“When we build new roads and projects, climate change risks must be integrated into daily practice in terms of road planning, maintenance, and operation.”

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