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AMSTERDAM – During the first day of the Intertraffic trade fair in the RAI Amsterdam on 20 March, Christophe van der Maat, the representative for Mobility and Cooperation in North Brabant, announced under the audience’s watchful eye that six market parties have concluded letters of intent with MobilitymoveZ.NL. The parties have each submitted an innovative mobility proposal. These letters of intent specify how they will spend a period of three months consulting with the authorities in order to further detail and develop their test proposals.

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The Dutch testing environment, MobilitymoveZ.NL, posted a request for registering interest on TenderNet and TED, platforms for (European) tenders, on 11 July 2017. MobilitymoveZ.NL’s ambition is – in cooperation with national and international market parties – to facilitate the testing of new, innovative mobility solutions. These must be ready to implement at a large scale within four years. This includes for example ‘level 4 autonomous driving’ in urban regions or on-demand services and electric vehicles. Since its posting, 44 parties have indicated their interest.

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Tuesday, September 12th, Eindhoven and Helmond presented the final bid for the ITS European Congress 2019 in front of the ERTICO – ITS Europe selection committee. Watch the video below for a preview of the highlights of the bid.

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Autonomous cars, trucks that communicate with one another via WiFi and drive in platoons and traffic lights that communicate with approaching traffic. These are only a few concrete examples of technological developments that make traffic smoother, safer and more sustainable and that are succeeding one another with ever-increasing rapidity. On Monday, a new testing area was presented that will enable these innovations by facilitating the practical application of the various services and techniques: ‘MobilitymoveZ.NL, Urban Mobility Testing Area’. This is an initiative jointly set up by the province of North Brabant, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management and the municipalities of Eindhoven, Helmond and Tilburg.

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By presenting its bid book to ERTICO during the opening of the Automotive Week 2017 in Helmond, the Netherlands has joined the competition for the organisation of the prestigious European Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in 2019. With broad support from other cities, regions and the Dutch ITS industry, the Brainport region is the Dutch candidate to host the more than 2,000 participants. The municipalities of Helmond and Eindhoven, Brainport Development, the province of North Brabant, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Connekt are making a concerted effort in this partnership, under the motto: fulfilling ITS promises!

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Some of the SmartwayZ.NL sub-projects use ‘social design thinking’. But what is it? What is it used for? And, most important, what benefits does it yield? Julie Hornix of design agency VanBerlo explains how it works.

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SimSmartMobility is a simulation platform developed by Connecting Mobility, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). It connects data, systems and traffic models in order to simulate smart mobility solutions - extremely rapidly. Both TNO and Connecting Mobility are involved in the SmartwayZ.NL programme but SimSmartMobility was developed separately from SmartwayZ.NL.

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SmartwayZ.NL promotes smart and scaleable solutions for mobility in the south of the Netherlands. But who are we doing this for? And why? We recorded this message in a film about SmartwayZ.NL with a central role for the user.

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