Top officials at the Mobility Education Summit 2022 in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Sajjad Ahmad, Deputy Business Editor
The Mobility Education Summit 2022, the first-of-its-kind event in the world in the field of mobility and driving education, opened on Monday in Abu Dhabi with focus on smart innovation technologies and future sustainability.
The 3-day event was launched by the Emirates Driving Company at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) to integrate traffic safety education and spread awareness of it in schools and universities.
The inaugural event gathers hundreds of international mobility experts who have a mutual passion for road safety education, and a dedication towards developing sustainable driving solutions.
The Emirates Driving Company is organising and hosting the three-day summit in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Police HQ, the Department of Municipalities and Transport, the Integrated Transport Centre, Abu Dhabi and the European Driving Schools Association.
Speaking at the opening, Khalid Al Shemeili, CEO of Emirates Driving Company said: ÒWe are pleased to launch the Mobility Education Summit to advance the future of the mobility sector and enhance aspects of sustainability and technological innovation, while attracting stakeholders from the sector from around the world, to discuss the most important issues related to mobility. This first-of-its-kind event provides a global platform for exchanging knowledge and experiences and exploring the latest initiatives in the sector, with a focus on the future of mobility, sustainability and traffic awareness.Ó
George Zakhem, Development and Partnership Manager at Emirates Driving Company said,Ó The summit is covering various areas like smart innovation and education in mobility. Innovative initiatives are very important for the future of traffic to reduce the rate of accidents and casualties.Ó
He added,ÓThis event is a platform to spread awareness about the new trends that are happening in the mobility sector. Industry experts will be addressing emerging trends and highlighting various measures for safe mobility and sustainable future.Ó
Summit visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the smart inspection process and the smart simulator supported by artificial intelligence, in addition to testing how digital transformation is implemented in the sector. The event also includes panel discussions, workshops and seminars rich in information, to focus on the most important topics related to driving education, training and awareness of safety rules, in addition to addressing the future of the mobility sector.
The conference will highlight key themes such as innovative driving education methods, early driving, driving education systems and digitisation, driving behaviour, fatality rates and accidents in Abu Dhabi, awareness campaigns for road users, and government panel on new mobility regulation, training in metaverse world, shift to e-learning platforms and psychology of drivers.
The Mobility Education Summit 2022 relies on four main agendas, the first of which focuses on educating and training drivers about the importance of early driving education based on artificial intelligence techniques that reduce the risks of actual driving. The summit will also discuss the possibility of benefiting from distance learning platforms and advanced educational means to provide training and examination opportunities for drivers, with a focus on introducing traffic education and awareness programs into the curricula of schools and universities as a top priority.
The second agenda of the summit focuses on raising awareness of how to ensure safety while on the move, by discussing the drivers’ vision system, zero vision for accidents, the United Nations Action Plan for Road Safety, and placing the necessary traffic awareness signs for drivers. The third agenda revolves around the future of mobility and highlights the topics of self-driving and enhancing aspects of sustainability through the use of low-carbon and hydrogen-powered cars, in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision and strategy to support sustainability.
The fourth agenda includes launching an innovative program to train drivers and correct their behavior when driving, in order to raise their awareness of the importance of traffic safety.
This summit will host the most prominent institutions specialised in the transport sector from all over the world, including the European Union of Education School Associations Leadership (EFA), the Emirates University Center for Mobility Research, United Arab Emirates, the British Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), the world organization for the certification of driving standards (GDC), the Dutch National Center for the Prevention of Road Accidents (CEPA), the International Road Transport Union (IRU) Academy and The International Road Federation (IRF) among other global entities. The summit also marks the first time that the European Association of Driving Schools presents its research on driving education outside Europe.
With this summit, Emirates Driving Company intends to encourage the development of sustainable and advanced training technologies and promote the transition towards education in the transportation sector, relying on futuristic and sustainable mobility, technology and security.