The Bruxelles event is the second in a series of similar summits being held around the world during 2017, including London - which took place last May - and Beijing. They are designed to further the debate and introduce new thinking on prominent current issues, including air quality and pollution, congestion, health & road safety and also include demonstrations of some of Volvo Group's latest, innovations in research & development.
Speakers at the Summit will include Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for Energy Union and François Bellot, Belgium Federal Minister for Mobility and Transport as well as Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Group.
"We are at the start of a paradigm shift in transport which will reshape the cities and societies we live in. We are looking at three strong trends: automated driving, electromobility, and connectivity. Each one of these technology areas has the potential to impact mobility of goods and people and when they converge, they will radically transform transport." says Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Group.
The Volvo Group will also demonstrate some of its latest innovations in research & development, including an electric hybrid bus, an autonomous refuse truck and a fully-electric compact excavator concept. All of these have been developed in broad collaboration with public authorities, the industry, the academic community and customers as there is a need to address transport policy issues; technological challenges; legal and regulatory frame, and digital transformation.
"It is important to keep the discussion moving forward, stimulating changes that make people safer, healthier and to mitigate transport's impact on the environment", adds Lars Stenqvist. "This summit brings together influential individuals, decision makers and organisations that can affect this type of positive change in the European Union, as we all strive to find an answer to the key transport challenges of the future."
The Volvo Group Innovation Summit will be held at Square - Bruxelles Meeting Centre, Rue Mont des Arts, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium and runs from 9am to 3pm on 7th September, 2017.
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