“The world’s major cities are not only the political and economic centres of nation states – they also have the power and the moral responsibility to find the right answers to the 21st century’s most urgent issues.”
– Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg
Dr Peter Tschentscher is Prime Minister and First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, one of Germany’s sixteen federal states. Before joining the Senate, he worked as a Senior Physician in laboratory medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. In 2011, Tschentscher was appointed Senator of Finance, heading Hamburg’s administration for financial budget, investments, real estate and tax. As First Mayor, Peter Tschentscher is committed to creating positive synergies between growth and increased quality of life for the people in Hamburg.
Hamburg is already one of the most dynamic hubs for transport and logistics in Europe. Its port is the largest in Germany and the third largest in Europe. With the ITS Strategy Hamburg will expand its role as a global innovation leader. The ITS strategy covers a great range of activities that will make transport and mobility safer, more efficient, more comfortable, and more sustainable. It involves partners in research and innovation, business and administration. For example, a public ride-pooling service accessible for people with mobility issues has started its operation in summer 2018 in two neighbourhoods of Hamburg. More than 80,000 people had made use of it by December of the same year. Automated and connected driving can be an innovation that helps those with disabilities moving in the city. A new 9 kilometre test track for automated and connected driving will be built in the city centre by 2020. In addition, a research and development project called “HEAT” with electric autonomous vehicles will start tests in 2019.
In 2021, Hamburg hosted the ITS World Congress, the most important international industry meeting in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems. The motto was “Experience Future Mobility Now”. Two of the main focus areas of the congress were “Automated and Connected Driving” and “Mobility as a Service”. Hamburg was proud to welcome the world’s experts of solutions for future mobility, willing to find the best ideas in using intelligent solutions to make mobility more accessible and sustainable.