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Taiwan keen on hosting 2022 ITS World Congress

2017/03/16 20:14:50

Y. C. Chang (張永昌, right). File photo

Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Taiwan plans to compete for the right to host the 2022 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Taipei, the head of Intelligent Transportation Society of Taiwan said Thursday.

Y. C. Chang (張永昌), who is also president of Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co., (遠東電收) said Taiwan has an advantage in its efforts to host the event because Taipei is a smart city, and the nation has embraced smart services through Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp., the ETC system on national highways and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' investment of NT$3 billion (US$97.85 million) in ITS.

Chang noted that Taiwan has been developing ITS for more than two decades, the best example being the electronic toll collection system on the nation's highways.

He observed that more than 10,000 people attend the annual ITS World Congress, bringing tourism and economic benefits as well as promoting high-tech exchanges.

In addition to Taiwan, China and South Korea are in the running to host the 2022 ITS World Congress, with a final decision expected in May 2018.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)