The European Union’s (EU) TEN-T Programme has committed over € 6.5m to a pilot project to improve road safety, traffic management and multimodality in France.
The project will test and assess cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) that enable vehicles to communicate with each other, and to the road infrastructure, for greater transport efficiency and increased safety. It will focus on testing C-ITS applications improving the safety of road users and operating staff during works, maintenance and accidents.
The pilot is the first of a two-phase project with the aim to study C-ITS and define a national roadmap for these services. The project will install and test C-ITS in 3 000 vehicles and on 2 000 km of roads in Ile-de-France, Bretagne, Bordeaux and Isère, and on the highway between Paris and Strasbourg.
The project was selected for funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'New generation of smart/connected transport'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The project is to be completed by December 2015.
For more information, visit the EC Mobility and Transport website.