A public charging station in the Netherlands for an electric car. Photo: Gemeente Amsterdam

(Washington, D.C.) — A delegation of more than two dozen Dutch experts in the fields of transportation and smart mobility will visit the United States and Canada on an innovation mission from October 29 to November 5.

During the visit, Dutch business and government officials will share information and collaborate with their North American counterparts to shape the future of mobility and transportation.

The Netherlands is on the forefront of developing technologies that will drive the world’s transportation networks in the coming decades. In fact, an automotive disruptor study from management consultant Roland Berger lists the Netherlands as the No. 1 country for electric vehicle charging networks and investments in autonomous driving.

Whether it’s electric vehicles and the accompanying charging network or developing robust and reliable technologies for highly automated driving on highways, the Dutch are involved in shaping the way transportation will work in the future.

The Dutch automotive industry creates 20 billion euros in net sales a year, 88 percent in the form of exports. The US is the Netherlands’ fastest-growing export market. The fields of smart mobility, e-mobility, and connected and automated driving are important elements of this sector.

“The Netherlands is involved in many collaborations around the world to make transportation more efficient and sustainable,” said Dutch Ambassador to the US Henne Schuwer. “To succeed in the field of smart mobility, we need international cooperation.  I’m sure we’ll find many new opportunities to collaborate with our North American partners.”


The delegation will first stop in Montreal, and meet with Canada’s National Research Council; experts on the Canadian Smart Mobility/ITS Fleet Forward 2020; and officials from the City of Montreal and the Institute for Smart Transportation and Electrification. They will talk about examples of smart mobility in an urban setting, the development of automated driving, and explore areas in which to collaborate.

The delegation will also visit ITS World Congress, a conference that brings together global leaders in the fields of transportation, automotive, telecommunications, and technology sectors to talk about the challenges facing our increasingly mobile and connected world. The Netherlands, which is the preferred choice to host the ITS European Congress in 2019, aims to continue the themes and discussion in the Brainport Eindhoven region.

After touring the conference floor and exhibits and in advance of visiting Detroit, delegation members will meet with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to share success stories revolving around smart mobility and explore areas of possible collaboration.


The delegation will then travel to Detroit to meet with auto industry leaders and knowledge partners to talk about recent developments in the auto industry and smart mobility, and explore possible collaborations.  The delegation will also visit Ford Motor Company, Magna International, the Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and participate in the Technology Showcase with auto industry leaders at the Madison Centre.


While in Columbus, the delegation will visit the Transportation Research Center, the Honda Heritage Center, and participate in an innovation seminar with Smart City Columbus. During the seminar, delegation members will highlight the Dutch smart city and mobility sectors, including the Netherlands’ experience with connected and autonomous vehicles, truck platooning, integrated data exchange, and multimodal trip planning and payment.

Delegation members will also meet with officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation to follow up on previous discussions to provide smart mobility in the state.

“This seven-day mission is packed with meetings, presentations, tours, and networking events designed to bring together the best minds in the fields of smart mobility from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Ambassador Schuwer. “As our vehicles become smarter, our road networks need to be just as smart and innovative to keep us moving well into the next century.”

The mission is joint effort of the Holland Innovation Network, AutomotiveNL, Connekt, Brainport Eindhoven, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ottawa, and the Netherlands Consulate General in Chicago.

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