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09/11/2017
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION: THE INDUSTRY'S GREATEST CHALLENGE

Paolo Castiglia

 

The telematics service industry and the automotive sector as a whole are making huge investments in data production and management systems in order to offer increasingly sophisticated usage based services to consumers. The total ITS market in Italy in 2014 was estimated at around 1,500 million euro. Sales tripled compared to 2004. Research and innovation are crucial factors for companies that wish to retain competitiveness as far as Intelligent Transportation Systems are concerned. The market’s high level of competition, at home and especially abroad, is driving national companies to constantly innovate their products and seek new solutions to confirm their position on the market.

A recent survey conducted by TTS Italia on 252 companies, showed that in 2016, 76% of the companies interviewed invested in R&D, for a total of 67 million euro or 6,9% of the entire ITS turnover for the same year.

In order to promote Italy’s excellence in the telematics and info-mobility sector, both Anfia and ICE, Italian Foreign Trade Agency, were present at the 2nd edition of the New Mobility World trade show in Frankfurt in September 2017, with the project “Italian creativity shaping Future Mobilty.”

 "Drawing from the 2015 experience during the first edition of New Mobility World with the collective ANFIA-ICE stand 'Italian Creativity in the Connected World', we wanted to confirm our presence in this edition too in an effort to promote international visibility for the products, services and skills found in some of the most advanced Italian companies on new mobility technologies," said Aurelio Nervo, president of Anfia.

Anfia’s telematics and Info-mobility division includes all Italian companies currently operating in the sector, which represent a National excellence. This division includes the entire telematics vehicle insurance market and around 70% of the companies offering connectivity services.   

“Connectivity and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), including vehicle automation – continues Aurelio Nervo – are a healthy part of our country’s industrial framework, with great short and mid-term growth potential. As the demand for new mobility services grows, ITS have become part of our daily routine, and the efficiency of a transportation system is also measured by the availability of such services.

Still on the TTS Italia survey – if we include in the ITS sector, component manufacturers, systems and service providers and management companies, system integrators, mobile apps developers specialized in mobility services, ITS maintenance specialists, research and industrial development companies as well as consultants - ITS plays a key role in the efficient use of infrastructures, vehicles and logistic platforms, the core of tomorrow’s smart mobility.

The existing European and national legislation for the sector has always considered the above elements strategic, the keys to create a truly integrated approach to mobility, the only one that, through the active collaboration of each part - vehicles, drivers and infrastructure - will guarantee further improvements in road safety and a greater reduction of the negative impact mobility has traditionally had on the environment.

The model desired by many of the sector’s operators for the future development of the industry is a “light” legal framework and an open market, where, starting from some basic common elements, different operators can then develop different and innovative telematics services. Access to the market is never mandatory, so the market’s natural supply and demand curves will determine, in a competitive and voluntary manner, the usefulness of the exchange of any type of data.

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