ERTICO – ITS Europe and ITS China have long been working together to strengthen cooperation between Europe and China for the development and the deployment of ITS. This cooperation began almost 10 years ago with successful EC co-funded projects such as DYNASTY, SIMBA, SIMBA II and, currently, VIAJEO.
The recent September 2011 seminar between ERTICO, and ten ERTICO Partners such as Volvo Technology Corporation, NXP Semiconductors, CINTERION, BOSCH and PTV, and more than 30 ITS China Members further cemented cooperation, and highlighted potentially fruitful areas of cooperation such as multi-modal journey planning, traffic and traveller information and communication in ITS.
The MoU was signed at the European Pavilion at the Orlando ITS World Congress by Mr Wu Zhongze, President of ITS China and Mr Hermann Meyer, ERTICO CEO.
Mr Wu stated that “Since its founding in 2008, ITS China has always been committed to building a platform for China’s win-win cooperation in ITS with other partners in and around China and developing a sound cooperative relationship with ERTICO, especially the ITS forum we held together last month during our China Annual Conference on ITS.
Mr Meyer noted that “the rapid development of China is creating mobility challenges which can most effectively be addressed by cutting-edge ITS technologies. This Memorandum of Understanding between ERTICO – ITS Europe and ITS China will provide the framework further strengthened cooperation between the Partners within both organisations.”
With Europe and China sharing similar mobility challenges and objectives, and with the positive feedback from ERTICO Partners involved in the recent seminar, the MoU provides a framework and springboard for further coordinated actions. ERTICO and ITS China will continue and intensify efforts to share information about areas of mutual benefit and step up the organisation of demonstrations and workshops where ERTICO and ITS China Partners can exchange R&D and commercial opportunities.
Full statement from Chairman Wu, ITS China
"Today, ITS China and ERTICO hold this ceremony to sign our bilateral MOU for cooperation at the booth of ERTICO. The MOU signed by two sides will serve as a starting point and thus is of vital importance to promote communications and exchanges among our enterprises and the developments between China and Europe.
Since its founding in 2008, ITS China has always been committed to building a platform for China’s win-win cooperation in ITS with other partners in and around China and developing a sound cooperative relationship with ERTICO, especially the ITS forum we held together last month during our China Annual Conference on ITS.
Our association is willing to set up a mechanism of information sharing, project collaboration and ITS symposiums holding in order to better utilise this platform for further cooperation.
ITS China is a significant industry organisation with an increasingly important role in ITS. We are willing to taking this opportunity to consistently strengthen the exchanges and cooperation between us, bridge a channel for our companies to cooperate and promote common progress and development of ITS China and ERTICO. Thank you."
Hermann Meyer, ERTICO CEO and Wu Zhongze, Chairman of ITS China
ERTICO - ITS Europe and ITS China members