Staff Writer | MITechNews.Com
TROY – Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley, has been appointed to the Honorary Committee for the 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, taking place this year in Detroit from Sept. 7-11.
The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest transportation technology exhibition and brings 10,000 national, regional and local leaders together with global transportation innovators to discuss high-tech solutions for transportation safety, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity.
In addition to Rogers, the ITS Word Congress Honorary Committee features several state and local elected officials and industry leaders, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who will serve as Chair; Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford; Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne; Penske Corporation Chairman Roger Penske; and Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert; among others.
“I’m honored to be included among this list of local industry leaders to serve on the ITS World Congress Honorary Committee. As the birthplace of America’s auto industry, Detroit is the ideal location to host this international event,” said Rogers, who also serves as deputy county executive for Oakland County in addition to his role at Automation Alley.
“This is an important opportunity for the region to showcase our advanced transportation technologies to the world. Intelligent transportation is smart transportation. It is the wave of the future. Hundreds of smart, autonomous vehicles will soon populate Michigan’s highways as this technology continues to develop. What better place to have this happen than the automotive capital of the world?”
The ITS World Congress will draw delegates from more than 65 countries, including numerous transport ministers. The event includes interactive technology showcases on Belle Isle; more than 250 panels, roundtables and interactive town hall sessions; a 350,000 square-foot exhibition in the newly refurbished Cobo Center; and numerous networking and media events with industry leaders from around the world.