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How Artificial Intelligence can contribute to well-being in transport

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to enhance well-being in transport. ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim highlighted AI's likely positive impacts on safety, security, the environment and access during the 6th OECD World Forum in Incheon, Korea, on 27 November (photo). 

The Forum, on the topic of "The Future of Well-being", allowed a focus on digitalisation's effect on well-being. This is of particular significance to the transport sector at a time where ITF member country governments are witnessing an explosion in new mobility services, often based on disruptive technologies. These can have far-reaching effects on equality, employment, access and well-being. In the parallel session on "Artificial Intelligence and well-being", Secretary-General Kim pointed out the importance of good policies to allow countries to reap the benefits of AI, while managing the transition, particularly in terms of changes in employment, which future adoption of AI implies. Outputs from the Forum - including programme and presentations - are available here.

In 2017, the ITF published a landmark report on automation on the truck sector, which maps out global action to address changes in drivers' jobs and associated legal issues. Go to the report "Managing the Transition to Driverless Road Freight Transport"

While in Korea, Young Tae Kim met with Korea's Minister of Transport Hyun Mee Kim to provide an update on the 2019 Summit preparation, for which Korea hold the Presidency. Mr Kim also met with representatives from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) and UNESCAP.

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