International Transportation Forum (ITF)

Bike to school, get food for free

One of the reasons people like Pokemon Go is it gets the couch potatoes off the sofa. It was about getting some exercise. Move over Pokemon Go; there's a new app in town. My open road (MOR) works the same way most of the game apps work, you start at a level and go to [...]

Resilience through trilateral collaboration

In our modern and globally interconnected world, it is clear that no country can work towards resilience in splendid isolation. Developing resilience strategies means building reliable alliances with others, based on a profound understanding of the limits of our planet. As a supranational organization, using its right to propose European legislation, the European Commission is uniquely [...]

2014 Cadillac CTS lights on Driving the Nation

2014 Cadillac CTS lights Brian Smith, Cadillac's Chief Exterior Designer and Phil Kucara, Cadillac's Director of Interior Design, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the 2014 Cadillac CTS exterior and interior lighting. Smith called the headlamps the eyes of the car and said that the luxury sedan combines light-emitting diode and high-intensity discharge [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on May 4, 2012

LOU ANN HAMMOND : I am in Leipzig, Germany attending an International Transportation Forum (ITF). It is put on by the OECD, a group of 54 countries, all coming together to try to find answers to our transportation issues. One forum I attended was about global fuel economy. I interviewed Lew Fulton from the International [...]

Oil subsidies at the International Transport Forum on Driving the Nation

Leipzig, Germany - Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, is attending the 2012 International Transportation Forum. At the 2012 International Transportation Forum (ITF) Renault's Philippe Schulz, Expert Leader Environment, Energy & Strategic Raw Materials, said, "There are countries where gasoline is around $10.00 per gallon, but there are countries that subsidizes gasoline. These subsidies total about $200 [...]

Sticker Shock: Gas Prices Rise Again

Click on Lou Anns picture to see energy expert Lou Ann Hammond discussing gas prices on NBC's KCRA in Sacramento, CA: Energy expert Lou Ann Hammond breaks down the various reasons gas prices are so high and continue to rise.

Professor Larry Burns and the ENV at the 2011 International Transport Forum (ITF) on Driving the Nation

Lawrence "Larry" Burns is a Professor at the University of Michigan. He is also the former head of research and development for General Motors. Burns was at the 2011 International Transport Forum and showed the Electric Network Vehicle (ENV). The EVN incorporates most the attributes of DARPA's urban challenge of autonomous vehicles, Googles cars and [...]

Kurt Van Dender, Chief Economist, International Transport Forum (ITF) on Driving the Nation

Kurt VAN DENDER, Chief Economist, International Transport Forum (ITF). The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member countries. The International Transport Forum evolved from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) in 2006. The Members of the Forum are: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, [...]

Dr. Wubbo J Ockels and his Super Buss at the 2011 International Transport Forum on Driving the Nation

Prof. Dr. Wubbo J Ockels is a Dutch physicist and astronaut. I met up with Ockels at OECD's International Transport Forum. There he talked to me about his prototype Super Buss. The Super Buss is a high speed electric transportation system. It is as long and wide as a bus, but not as high. It [...]

Porsche plant tour in Leipzig, Germany: Cajun to be built in Leipzig on Driving the Nation

Dajana Scheibe is our sherpa for the Leipzig Porsche tour. We meet in the lobby of what looks like a spaceship that is waiting for it's citizens before it takes off. This Leipzig, Germany plant is where all the parts of a Porsche Cayenne and Panamera come together to become a car. Almost 1,000 people [...]