Leading players from the automotive and transport industries from across the world are attending the 5th International Conference on Future Mobility in Dubai.  The two-day event, organised by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) in collaboration with Messe Frankfurt Middle East, aims to be a platform for government agencies and leading companies in the fields of smart and sustainable mobility.

At the conference, HE Abdullah Abdulqader Al Maeeni, Director General of ESMA, outlined plans to integrate new technology into Dubai’s infrastructure. “We recognise that technological advances based on the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are the key to the development in this field,” said Al Maeeni. “The future of the automotive and transport sector will be radically different from the past, where many trends, including the decentralisation of energy production, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence will bring about radical changes in the transport system and mobility as well as the foundations and objectives of electric mobility, the future of transport in smart cities, and facing the challenges of internet security in connected and self-navigating transportation,” he added.

Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, experts from international specialists and regulators delivered their expertise on the future of travel and autonomous vehicles during the opening day of the conference.

Nicolas Fleury, Deputy Secretary General, International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), elaborated on challenges and opportunities presented by AI, technology and automation and the role regulations will play in supporting growth. “Mobility in its many forms is at the heart of our society, more, the freedom of movements is a fundamental human right,” said Fleury. “Mobility also drives economic development through the circulation of goods around the world. Mobility impacts every moment of our lives, transforms our lives and shapes the world around us. As we look at the challenges and opportunities from new technologies to growing organisation and climate change, we should bear in mind that cooperation, collaboration and consensus provide much greater results than the sum of its parts,” he added. Fleury also said that global collaboration is essential to be able to respond to major challenges such as the impact of climate change and this is why international standards like mobility can change the world. He added that standards must play an essential role in supporting those technologies and ways of working.

The conference also hosts an exhibition with several electric vehicles from the world’s top manufacturers.