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International Seminar "Building Smart Approaches for Freight, Road Network Operations and ITS Technology"

26-28 September 2022, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

This International Seminar was organized from September 26th to 28th 2022 jointly by the Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight" and the Technical Committee 2.4 "Road Network Operation/Intelligent Transportation Systems", in the frame of the XVIIIth Argentinian Congress of Road Administration and Traffic in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Preparatory documents for the Seminar

Frame and objectives

The congress had the topic “Vision 2030: Towards the future of road infrastructure and transport”, which focused on the current challenges and goals of the two participating PIARC technical committees. It delivered fruitful results, discussions and insights from all around the World.

Therefore, the international seminar focused on the two domains (1) freight transportation and (2) road network operation and ITS, and on topics covered by both domains.

In the field of freight transport the following topics where covered:

The freight part of the seminar focused on decarbonisation of and greening freight transport, electromobility and electric road systems (ERS), heavy vehicle weights and dimensions, performance based standards, high capacity vehicles and intelligent access programme (IAP), and enforcement of overloads, and on freight management in and around the cities.

The part on road network operation and ITS focused on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) from the viewpoint of the road operator in various international showcases as well as Cooperative Mobility, ITS and V2X in different countries, and on research an implementation projects. Additional focus was put on data and knowledge sharing to enable and encourage the use of Cooperative ITS.

The topics of common interest focused on ITS related to connected and autonomous heavy vehicles (incl. platooning), to management of trucks in corridors, border crossing, parking lots and supply chain, and how road operators could address freight drivers’ needs through ITS. A session addressed the question: how smart infrastructure can increase road safety? 

International Seminar Program - September 26-28, 2022
Building Smart Approaches for Freight, Road Network Operations and ITS Technology

Day 1 - September 26, 2022

Opening PIARC Seminar TC2.3 and TC2.4






Coffee Break - Visit to Stands / Banners


Free time / Meetings



Session FI1: Freight & RNO ITS (15:00-16:10)
Connected and autonimous trucks, platooning and ITS

ChairCaroline Mays (USA)

Session FI2: Freight & RNO ITS  (16:10-17:15)
How can Road Operators address freight drivers needs through ITS?

ChairHernán Perez Zarlenga (Argentina)

Opening Ceremony of Congress (17:30-18:30)

Welcome Cocktail (18:30-21:00)

Day 2 (Freight sessions) - September 27, 2022

Session F1: Freight (9:00-10:30)
Performance based Standards, High Capacity Vehicles and LAP

ChairWilly Hughes (Argentina), Co-chair - Alejandra Efron (Argentina)

Coffee Break - Visit to Stands / Banners (10:30-11:00)

Session F2: Freight (11:00-13:00)
Towards the carbon neutrality of freight transport (incl.ERS)

Chair - Else-Marie Marskar (Norway)

Lunch (13:15-15:00)

Session F3: Freight (15:00-16:30)
Freight management in and around cities

Chair - Hinko van Geelen (Belgium)

Coffee Break - Visit to Stands / Banners (16:30-17:00)

Session F4: Freight (17:00-18:30)
Overload detection and direct enforcement by WIM, regulations and best practices

Chair - Bernard Jacob (France)

Day 2 (RNO ITS sessions) - September 27, 2022

Session I1: RNO ITS (9:00-10:30)
The role of road operators for MaaS development

Chair - Martin Margreiter (Germany)

Coffee Break - Visit to Stands / Banners (10:30-11:00)

Session I2: RNO ITS (11:00-13:00)
C-ITS across the globe

Chair - Mario Aguirre (Argentina)

Lunch (13:15-15:00)

Session I3: RNO ITS (15:00-16:30)
Data as an enabler for road operators and C-ITS

Chair - Silvina Crivelero (Argentina)

Coffee Break - Visit to Stands / Banners (16:30-17:00)

Session I4: RNO ITS (17:00-18:30)
Best practices for knowledge sharing and upskilling for new technologies and ITS capabilities

Chair - Andrés Panero (Argentina)

  • Q&A for the session

Day 3 - September 28, 2022

Session FI3: Freight & RNO ITS (9:00-10:30)
ITS for management of trucks in international and national corridors, border crossing, parking lots, and supply chain

Chair - Silvia Sudol (Argentina)

Coffee Break - Visit to Stands / Banners (10:30-11:00)

Session FI4: Freight & RNO ITS (11:00-12:30)
Smart infrastructures and road safety

Chair - Emma Albrieu (Argentina)

Closing PIARC Seminar of Technical Committee 2.3 & Technical Committee 2.4 (12:30-13:00)

  • Conclusions and Perspectives - Bernard Jacob, French speaking Secretary of Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight", Task Force 2.2 ", Electric Road Systems (ERS)", CTERM, Gustave Eiffel University (France)

  • Conclusions Sessions - Martin Margreiter, Member of Technical Committee 2.4 "Road Network Operation / Intelligent Transportation Systems", Head of TUM Research Group Automated Traffic, Partner at MobilityPartners (Germany)

  • Chair of Technical Committee 2.4 "Road Network Operation / Intelligent Transportation Systems" - Valentina Galasso, Director at Deloitte Consulting S.r.l. S.B. (Italy)

  • English speaking Secretary of Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight" - Tiffany Julien , Transportation Specialist, USDOT – Federal Highway Administration (United State)

Lunch + Technical Visit (13:15-16:00)

Congress Closing Ceremony (17:15-18:30)

Output and Conclusions

The presentations and discussions highlighted the following key outcomes:

• Collection of good practices to cut CO2 emissions of freight transport: less emitting vehicles and alternative fuels, electrification, reduced demand of freight transport, improving the vehicle and infrastructure efficiency. Electric road system (ERS) proposes a set of promising technologies (overhead and ground conduction or induction) on motorways, investigated in Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, the USA, Japan and South Korea. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and stationary charging stations are more suitable for urban freight. Policy regulations and road pricing, zero emission zones and adapted vehicles (electric robots, cargo bikes, etc.) are complementary solutions for greening freight transport. Some attention should be paid to the electricity which should remain green and as much as possible renewable.

• High capacity vehicles (HCVs) enables a reduction in transport costs (more than 10%) and emissions with less trips and mileage, alleviate driver shortage, and improve competitiveness and logistical efficiency, above all for bulky freight. No safety issue was noticed. Route specific permits are issued for these vehicles. Pavement wears decrease with more and lighter axles, while some bridges should be strengthened or avoided. Performance based standards (PBS) enable certifying HCVs with respect to performance criteria on road and vehicle safety, and infrastructure wear mitigation. Intelligent access programme (IAP) complements this approach, defining the routes and conditions proposed to HCVs, monitoring them, and taking advantage of connected vehicles and data exchanges between vehicles and infrastructure.

• WIM for direct enforcement is on the wheels in several European countries (BE, CZ, HU, DE, FR) and in Latin America (BR, AR), and may significantly reduce overloads ensuring a better compliance with the current regulations, and thus increase the infrastructure durability and safety and reduce unfair competition between freight modes and transport companies. However, some legal and certification issues remain to overcome. Moreover, virtual WIM stations coupled with automatic vehicle identification (AVI) help the enforcement of overloads. On-board weighing (OBW) coupled with GNSS is also a promising technology.

• Truck platooning (European project ENSEMBLE) has potential for reducing road congestion, mitigation driver shortage, improving freight efficiency and road safety, and reducing CO2 emissions of long haul fleets. A few trials were carried out or are still planned in Europe, above all on delegated driving. However, there are yet some regulation, legal and liability locks to overcome before implementing autonomous trucks (level SAE 4) in platoons on motorways in dense countries (e.g. Europe). Some good practices are reported in the USA. Even if platooning seems it the bottom of the Hype cycle, advanced driver assistance and truck automation are on the wheel.

• The demand management allows increasing economic productivity, efficiency, and enhancing sustainability. It is necessary to develop freight efficient land-use. Tolling is a tool for truck traffic regulation around cities.

• It became clear that for the implementation of MaaS the main aim is the interoperability of the different platforms and the availability of one single point of access for customers and services.

• Additionally, it became clear that there also needs to be a focus of how MaaS can work in rural areas as well.

• In the various showcases presenting the current status and developments in the field of V2X and cooperative ITS around the globe it became clear that the approaches are becoming much more mature and showcases are now turning into real-world applications and implementations.

• The implications of the reduction of frequency band allocation for automotive applications in US have to monitored in the future.

• Various projects being presented also focused on the interface and interaction between connected mobility and road tolling systems. 

Bernard Jacob (Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight") and Martin Margreiter (Technical Committee 2.4 "Road Network Operation / Intelligent Transportation Systems")

Slideshow of the International Seminar in Buenos Aires

  • Audience of the seminar

  • Bernard Jacob, French speaking Secretary of Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight"

  • Valentina Galasso, Chair of Technical Committee 2.4 "Road Network Operation / Intelligent Transportation Systems"

  • Tribune of the seminar

  • Tribune of the seminar

  • Audience of the seminar

  • Tribune of the seminar

  • Tribune of the seminar

  • Tribune of the seminar