Thursday 26 September 2019
12.00 - 5.00 PM

Experience for yourself the opportunities offered in the Northern Netherlands regarding autonomous transportation, either by air, on the water, on the road or by rail! A unique event, as it is the first festival ever in the Netherlands specifically geared towards autonomous transportation.

The Northern Netherlands area is the largest ‘living lab’ in Europe when it comes to the development of autonomous transportation. In this 11,000 km² region with a population of two million, ideas and concepts have become reality for as long as three years now. The Provinces of Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe offer autonomous transportation projects literally plenty of working space – not in a simulated or restricted setting, yet in a real traffic environment. The Northern Netherlands area is the only region in Europe, where autonomous transportation is being developed and tested within each of its four modalities: on the road, by rail, on the water and by air.

program @north-festival

At the @north festival, inspiring each other isn’t a matter of passively listening to experts and guru’s in a conference environment. On the contrary, we prefer to convene in a creative setting, somewhere (outside) on the festival grounds. We like to match up visionaries, financiers, inventors, developers, suppliers, government authorities and transport organisations. Our festival is a showcase of the opportunities offered in the Northern Netherlands regarding autonomous transportation and of the projects currently in development. We challenge you to exchange views and co-develop new ideas! For the benefit of the Northern Netherlands and subsequently of the rest of the Netherlands and Europe as well!

@Noon – 12:30 PM Welcome A warm welcome and a moment to pre-explore the festival area
@12:30 PM Opening Opening by Vincent Everts (trend watcher) and Milou van Elburg (chairman of the day).
@1:00 – 4:30 PM Hop in, experience and enjoy! Immerse yourself in the 4 zones @Water @Road @Rail and @Air.
Indoor as well as outdoor demonstrations – hop on and enjoy!
A first: experience for the very first time in the Netherlands what it’s like to sit in the NAVYA Cab!
@1:00 – 4:30 PM Get interactive Cross-pollination between the 4 modalities: Water, Road, Rail and Air. What is their common ground? What can we learn from each other?
@1:00 – 5:00 PM Talks Settle down for a good talk in a relaxed setting.
@3:00 PM First-of-their- kind Various first-of-their-kind events and demos
@4:30 PM Closing Summing up the day and offering a glimpse into the future
@All day Food & Drinks Check out our excellent food trucks for a taste of the Northern Netherlands

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Attendees @north-festival

As a public transportation company, we are a project partner of @north and as such participate in autonomous train testing (ATO-Automatic Train Operations) and in the autonomous shuttle pilot in Scheemda. Arriva connects, moves and inspires.

The airspace offers many opportunities. DroneHub GAE is thé knowledge, innovation and development centre for drones with civil applications. During the @north festival we shall introduce you to the opportunities regarding drones and their associated applications.

Groningen Seaports is the economic operator, developer as well as port authority for the ports of Delfzijl and Eemshaven. We – literally – provide the space for autonomous vessel experiments, such as the current 5G trial aimed at raising autonomous vessel communications to a higher functional level.

It’s getting busier all the time. This means more trains shall have to use the existing railway network as it is. ProRail seeks smart and innovative solutions and conducts autonomous train pilots in the Province of Groningen.

5G generates new travelling options. Traffic and logistics are therefore an important theme. 5Groningen – an initiative of the Economic Board Groningen – develops and tests practical 5G applications in Northern Groningen.

RobotTUNER is developing – together with RDW, CBR and RWS – a digital driving licence for autonomous vehicles. We are an independent technical partner of the Northern Dutch Provinces as such seek to accelerate the use of autonomous transportation. This festival offers a perfect opportunity to speed things up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission to the @north-festival is free! Verzeker jezelf van een plek en meld je aan.

  • developers of autonoomous transportation
  • transportation companies and road authorities
  • autonomous transportation manufacturers
  • knowledge institutions
  • entrepreneurs who recognise the potential of autonomous transport
  • government employees responsible for matters such as autonomous transport
  • anyone in any other capacity professionally involved or interested in autonomous transport

The @north-festival takes place in Expo Assen, De Haar 11 – directly next to the TT Circuit Assen and the A28 motorway.

An ample free parking area is located near the festival entrance.

No problem at all! Arriving by public transportation at Assen Railway Station? Shuttle services are offered to the Expo Assen.

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Please let us know! Send an email to at-north@deorganisatoren.nl and we will forward you the information regarding participating/exhibiting at the @north-festival toe

The official language of the @north festival is Dutch. Yet there are also foreign guests and attendees present. A number of programme elements shall be presented in English.

News @north-festival

@north festival: the program!

Experience for yourself the opportunities offered in the Northern Netherlands regarding autonomous transportation, either by air, on the water, on the road or by rail! A unique event, as it is the first festival ever in the Netherlands specifically geared towards autonomous transportation.

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