Ministers' Session

Sunday 6 October afternoon - 11h00-17h00

Theme: Evolution of road policies for future generations

Broad outlines

Beyond the traditional function of the road network, the road sector faces new challenges and constraints related to social protection, climate change, road safety, resilience and the need to make maximum use of existing infrastructure despite severe investment cuts, while opportunities are offered by new technologies. It is necessary for road authorities to develop new policies to deal with this new environment for roads and road transport.

Ministers from around the world will be invited to share their views and explain the current challenges facing their countries and the solutions they are implementing.

The session will be structured into three round tables:

The transport network of the future

Connected technology and innovative transport services provide opportunities to change the way services are delivered, linking cities and neighbourhoods. A well-designed and efficient transport system contributes to economic growth and improved quality of life for its inhabitants, thus becoming one of the key determinants of development.

Some key questions:

  • How does a government set the political agenda for the future with all these different modes available?
  • How do governments decide on shared services and modal objectives?
  • How do they prioritize investments in different modes and types of services? How do they cooperate with innovative transport service providers ?
  • When the policy objective is set, how society is encouraged to change its current behaviour in terms of transport choice?

Artificial intelligence (AI) in the road sector

The contribution of new technologies such as artificial intelligence has the potential to improve road transport services and achieve road safety strategy objectives. For example, AI can predict potential risks using information obtained from various indoor and outdoor sensors, the vehicle and network on-board computer and a cloud-based service. AI can also contribute to the optimisation of transport services, inter alia through the identification of demand structures and resource allocation.

Some key questions:

  • How are governments addressing these new technologies and what should they consider?
  • How do authorities determine whether to adopt such a new technology?
  • What infrastructure changes are needed and how does a government change infrastructure to safely adapt to this new technology in a cost-effective and predictive manner?
  • How does a country start regulating these new technologies?

Land use planning

Proper planning requires an understanding of the challenges and possible solutions, with a good understanding of the essential data for transport: structure of daily business travel, traffic and public transport movements, necessary road works and major events that generate increased management and affect mobility.

Some key questions:

  • What are the components of good infrastructure planning, such as environmental impact and optimal land use planning?
  • How can governments reduce traffic through smart mobility?
  • Should we seek to limit the need for long-distance travel?
  • What are the key considerations for transport resilience and sustainability for the future?
  • How can governments plan for future urban planning and transportation needs?