World’s first Mobility Education Summit held in Abu Dhabi ends on a high note
The landmark event saw global industry experts gather to share research and insights about the future of driving training and road safety education
Participants had a unique opportunity to interact with the leading innovations in road safety and AI powered public transport solutions
30 November 2022; Abu Dhabi, UAE: World’s first Mobility Education Summit concluded in Abu Dhabi on a very high note. Hosted and organised by Emirates Driving Company (EDC), the event saw leading local and global authorities converge to discuss the technological advances in the field of mobility, road safety education, sustainable mobility solutions and automation among several others pertinent topics concerning driving education and mobility.
Talking about the WHO statistics, the conference highlighted that every year the lives of approximately 1.3 million people are cut short as a result of a road traffic crash. The United Nations General Assembly has set an ambitious target of halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2030.
To this effect, the emirate of Abu Dhabi also has vision zero strategy where it aspires to completely eliminate the road fatalities by the year 2040.Information, education and awareness drives play a significant role in achieving zero fatality goal therefore Abu Dhabi has been conducting several awareness campaigns on how to ride bicycles and e-scooters safely while holding special training and workshop sessions for motorcyclists and other specific target groups including the school bus drivers.
Hailing the role of AI in mobility, the experts at the conference agreed that AI in mobility, machine learning will not be optional; it will be the technological foundation and the source of significant competitive advantage for decades to come. Moreover, AI may completely replace the drivers on the road, and this will eliminate human factor and road safety will be on the highest possible level reducing the number of road accidents.
Celebrating the success of the first summit, Mr. Khalid Al Shemeili, CEO of Emirates Driving Company says: “Every minute of the ‘EDC – Mobility Education Summit 2022’ was filled with great ideas, inspiring speakers and priceless learning opportunities. We have already received great feedback from many attendees, and I’m so proud of my team for making it such a huge success. I also want to thank our partners from the European Driving Schools Association, Abu Dhabi Police and the Integrated Transport Centre for making this important event possible and contributing their invaluable expertise.”
Adding further he stated, “We believe that events like this are vital for the development of driver education, and that all of us across the globe have a shared responsibility to make our roads safer for future generations. It was amazing to see pioneers from the industry brought together under the same aim, and all of us departed the summit feeling inspired and uplifted. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back again to our next summit.”
Held from 14-16 November 2022 and presented in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police, the Integrated Transport Centre – Abu Dhabi and the EFA – European Driving Schools Association, the conference at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, was the first mobility education gathering in history to welcome driving schools from across the world.
For more information on the Mobility Education Summit 2022, please visit: https://mobilityeducation.ae/
About Mobility Education Summit The EDC Mobility Education Summit, dedicated to driving education and its foundations, is a global initiative launched by the UAE. It is the first of its kind that targets driving schools from across the world, and looks at how they can be progressed to provide a greater level of service and education for future generations.
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About Emirates Driving Company
Established in 2000, Emirates Driving Company (EDC) is Abu Dhabi’s leading driver training and road safety institute. Driven by a desire to implement the best practices in driver training and road safety education across the emirate, it is on a mission to create safer roads by innovating, collaborating and investing in new technologies and smarter operating models.
A socially responsible company founded on the values of integrity and inclusivity, EDC has set a new standard in traffic safety and education in the Middle East. EDC’s state-of-the-art facility features the most advanced communication tools, control systems and cutting-edge techniques in the industry, and all its expert training is delivered to internationally recognised standards.
Its comprehensive services include full training courses in light vehicles, motorcycles, heavy vehicles, heavy buses and light and heavy machinery, with each programme covering basic vehicle knowledge, traffic rules, driving inside and outside cities, hazard perception and more.
The forward-thinking organisation also offers its own e-learning platform to provide easy access to useful documents and resources, and it proudly boasts two offices in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
To find out more, please visit www.edcad.ae.
|Speaker||Presentation Title||Brief||Picture||Designation and Organization|
|Juri Ess||AI powered e-learning||Juri Ess provided in his presentation a brief on the Estonian current statistics of population, road fatalities, etc. He then explained the objective of their project in the AI powered e-learning is to convert the traditional training methods into a hybrid model of training that include both eLearning and classrooms. The e-learning platform is initiated through their project Liikluslab that allows students to go in and prepare for their theory test.||CEO of the Estonian Driving Schools Association|
|Lieutenant-Colonel Fahad Al-Arifi –||Automation of Driver Test||Abu Dhabi Police presented their newly Smart Driver Test System used by the licensing department. The system is composed of three main components: Smart Vehicle, Control Room and Smart Bus. The smart vehicle is equipped with cameras and sensors to auto-evaluate the driver skills and grant him a passing or failing test certificate. The control room is built through a GIS system that monitors all the test on the road with 360 surveillance. The objective of the system is to reduce the human errors in evaluating the drivers, enhance the monitoring system over the drivers tests eventually increase the road safety.||Deputy Director of the Drivers Licensing Department in Abu Dhabi Police|
|Lorenzo Lefebvre and Patrice Bessone||The driving schools creative of security for mobility||Lorenzo and Patrice stated the mandate of the theorical courses during the initial formation and how the elderly people’s accompaniment by driving schools for the maintain of the mobility safety.||Lorenzo LEFEBVRE Is the Vice-Président Mobilians éducation et sécurité routières. Patrice BESSONE CEO of Mobilians éducation et sécurité routières|
|Manuel Picardi||Driving Training in EU||Manuel explained the variations between the European countries in drivers education and presented the projects EFA conducted in the EU. That includes; Safe2wheelers project that aims to understand the driver behavior on the road and implement tools more relevant to their behaviors. SimuSafe is a project aimed at improving driving simulators and traffic simulation to develop more realistic multi-agent behavioral models. Fitdrive; that aims to create a customized drivers’ profiles Manuel explained as well on the EFA new training models proposed to the driving associations to increase drivers’ safety such as; navigation systems materials, Eco-Driving, hazard perception tests, etc. Manuel conculeded that the goal is to standardize the European Training Curriculum as well as the driving factor curriculum, and think about the lifelong learning for all the drivers||General Secretary at the European Driving Schools Association (EFA)|
|Michael Bennett and Andy Bull||Hazard Perception – Crossing the chasm||Michael and Andy presented the hazard perception testing followed in the UK and offered by Jellylearn The test offered can predict the drivers with poor hazard perception skills associated with elevated accident risk. And hence, those drivers can get more emphasized classes on hazard perception.||Michael Bennett: Andy Bull:||Michael: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR at Jellylearn Andy: PRODUCTION DIRECTOR at Jellylearn|
|Patrick Hekkert||The journey of the Global Driving Standards||Patrick explained the global driving standards from 1992 until 2017. He stated the certifications and programs for drivers training to be offered by Training Organizations. The training involves training the trainers and the master trainers.||Board member at the GDC|
|Samira Al Kathiri||Children Safety in Vehicles Project||Samira started by explaining the Abu Dhabi Public health center and its vision, mission and strategic priorities. She presented statistics of the fatality rates and injuries from the accidents and how the center started to take further initiatives for Injury prevention. Important topic was the safety of children in the vehicles, and hence Samira explained the causes and prevention programs they developed for children safety||Head of Occupational Safety Department Abu Dhabi Public Health Center|
|Stanislav Dovrak||UAE New test questions for drivers Public Private Partnership||Stanislav started with the importance of Hazard perception for drivers. He explained the theory tests in the Czech Republic. However, he emphasized the importance of adding a more interactive scenarios to act safely in the traffic. And that hence increased the students interest in theory lessons.||Director of Drivers ‘Affairs Department at Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic|
|Stefan Ebner||25 years L17 Driving Licence in Austria (L17 license)||Stefan explained the driving license training in Austria with statistics and numbers. He then explained the minimum criteria to obtain a driving license and the steps. The interest for 17 years old teenagers for licenses has increased and hence they proposes the Multi phase training that added: supervision over newly drivers, mutual learning in groups, eco-driving, etc.||Director of the Austrian Economic Chamber|
|Vincenzo Ronca||Neuroscientific tools for assessing students’ experience at driving school||Vincenzo introduced Brainsigns product that is aimed to understand the cognitive and emotional response of the user. Used with multiple sensors and then processed through signal analysis the report can evaluate the internal mental states driving innovation in different areas of application. He followed the presentation with research case studies in driving schools that resulted the possibility to catch improvement in terms of mental performance.||R&D Project Manager at Brainsigns|
|Jiří Novotný||Prezentace HP||A good experience driver should be able to identify the risk immediately, with an early reaction he would be able to avoid the crash||Owner and Executive Director Of Czech Road Safety Team|
|Jeroen Smeesters||Second Phase Federdrive||It is important to keep updating novice drivers’ competencies to continuously contribute to road safety||Director of Mercator|
|Jan Polak||Prezntace USP ENG||Mr. Jan initiated his presentation by providing some statistics and facts about motorcycle licenses holders in Czech, & further elaborating on ways to improve the training requirements to be able to avoid accidents while highlighting the need of hazard perception training & testing for motorcycle drivers using visual apps||Director of Czech NGO|
|Fatmah Salem Hantoubi||Smart Mobility 2022||“we are trying to develop our strategies to be aligned with UAE net zero vision which will reduce the emission from the transports sectors and all other sectors. “Smart mobility plan aims to developing full policy and regulatory framework for the project roadmap which will incorporate all autonomous vehicles into the Abu Dhabi transport system and AV operating model.||Section Head for Transport Services Planning within ITP Division Of Integrated Transport Center, Abu Dhabi|
|Ales Horcicka||START DRIVING 2022||A driver is considered a good driver if he is able to identify the risk immediately, with an early reaction he would be able to avoid the crash||Chairman of Driving School Association of the Czech Republic|
|Alia Almansouri||School Bus Safety||Mrs Alia conquered several important topics of which were the quality infrastructure is one of the prerequisites for integration into the global economy and the enhancement of national industries and their competitiveness in addition to the importance of making sure that the drivers of our children are eligible to drive and are meeting the requirements and qualifications through a School bus drivers and supervisors evaluation program that were developed in 2015 and are updated periodically in cooperation with the concerned authorities through this program the efficiency of school bus drivers and supervisors in Abu Dhabi is assessed through five main phases.||Senior Certification of Personnel & Systems Services Analyst at ADQCC|
|Diana Deca||Neurobotx||Diana highlighted the importance of use of VR to generate Synthetic Data so EVTOL companies can better serve their Regulators, Investors & Future clients||CEO of Neurobotx|
|Dr Jaka Sodnik||Training in Metaverse world (Simulator & Virtual Reality)||Training in metaverse- a new source of different light in technology – artificial technology and simulators come together. Automation is how technology can empower humans.||Professor at University of Ljubljana|
|Enrique Lorca –||It is necessary to introduce training that separates knowledge from awareness. Training knowledge & awareness are two different aspects that are equally important. Moreover, interchanging some knowledge and best practices we acquire can be offered through the data collection that is being implemented||President of Regional Association of Driving Schools of Murcia|