Although self-driving vehicles appear to be far off at first glance, in this session, we give concrete recommendations to cities and municipalities on how to prepare a sustainable transition that allows for more automated transport. 

This session, which falls within the framework of the European ART-Forum project, gives local governments insights into the possible impact future autonomous road transport might have on our society. 

In recent months,, Mpact and the City of Mechelen discussed this subject with experts from Flanders and the Netherlands. The results of these workshops will be presented for the first time on Inspiration Day. Concrete policy recommendations enable governments to develop a vision around the rise of automated vehicles, without losing sight of the goal of making mobility more sustainable. After the presentation of the results and the policy recommendations, international experts will enter into a debate over the role of local governments in the mobility transition.


11u15 - 11u35  -  Policy recommendations for future sustainable and automated mobility


Johannes Rodenbach works at since 2017 as a policy and project officer. He advises local governments on their car sharing policies, was responsible for’s assignments in the Horizon 2020 research project STARS and now coordinates the Interreg North Sea Region project ART-Forum. 


Esen Köse is project manager at Mpact. Since 2019, she is responsible for the European projects on automated vehicles (ART-forum) and on accessibility of shared mobility (INCLUSION). She is also the spokesperson for the youth work at Mpact, A Tribe Called Transport. 

ann vandeurzen

Ann Vandeurzen is project manager at the mobility department of the City of Mechelen. Ann has more than 15 years of experience in project management and works since 2019 in Mechelen. She coordinates two European Interreg North Sea Region projects, ART-forum (on autonomous road transport) and Acces (Advancing Communities towards low Carbon Energy Smart Systems). She is also responsible for local energy communities and smart charging infrastructures. Next to that, she promotes the roll out and promotion of electric mobility in Mechelen.

11u35 - 12u05  -  Potential Urban Mobility Implications of AVs

Ditte Bendix Lanng & Ida Bruun Hougaard - Aalborg University (with reservation)

12u05 - 12u45  -  Interactive workshop: get involved in autonomous road traffic


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