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Europe should ‘move fast’ to deploy cooperative ITS

By News Editor / Updated: 27 Jan 2016

Industry representatives and public authorities are urging the European Commission to enable a ‘fast move’ in the coordinated deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) across Europe to improve road safety and the efficiency of transport.

A report compiled by the C-ITS Platform – a group of transport and mobility experts from the European Union’s 28 member states – also says that it’s crucial for the European ITS industry to maintain its edge as global competition rises.

C-ITS uses technology that allows road vehicles to communicate with other vehicles,  traffic signals and roadside infrastructure. The systems are also known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

In November 2014 the Commission created the C-ITS Platform – a group of public and private organisations representing the whole chain of bodies involved in implementing ITS, including public authorities, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and telecomm companies.

The purpose of the platform was to address the main barriers facing the implementation of C-ITS in the EU, and to provide policy recommendations that would help the Commission develop a shared vision on how to deploy the technology across the EU.

The report, which marks the end of the first phase of activity by the C-ITS platform, also provides guidance on how to tackle the industry’s recurrent ‘chicken and egg’ problem: where to start investments, how to stimulate the emergence of business cases, how to foster interoperability and on which basis should cooperation among public and private stakeholders be pursued.

For more information, visit ec.europa.eu/transport.

Image copyright: Traffic Officer control room operator (image on Flickr) by Highways England, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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