For many years, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and core European ITS services have represented a major implementation objective of the road operators collaborating within the EasyWay community. The technological progress in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has technically matured into Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) as the next generation of ITS. Its use has also become increasingly affordable. This process has been stimulated by research and development projects, followed by large scale Field Operational Tests on national and European level. Based on a common definition of standardisation organisations (ISO, CEN, ETSI), Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) are defined as a subset of the overall ITS that communicates and shares information between ITS Stations (ITS-Ss) to give advice or take actions with the objective of improving safety, sustainability, efficiency and comfort beyond the scope of stand-alone ITS. C-ITS thus represents a next logical step to improve the quality and reliability of core European ITS services.
Our vision is to establish Cooperative ITS as a core element of future ITS Services amongst road operators in their developing role as key actors in an emerging information and communication network of vehicles, infrastructure and transport users. This engagement is directed to support the improvement of operational processes to make the most out of the infrastructure, to create value for customers and market partners and to help fulfil the mobility demand of both people and goods in a safe, efficient, reliable and sustainable manner. In support of our vision we advise, based on our knowledge and expertise, amongst others inherited from the EasyWay Cooperative Systems Task Force, to aid strategic planning and decision making in support of Cooperative ITS deployment on the TEN-T core network of roads. Our advice is mostly but not exclusively addressed
- to the National road authorities and road operators partnering in the EasyWay community as institutions becoming increasingly engaged in initial deployment initiatives,
- to the European Commission in their roles as funding and regulatory institution and organiser of the Cooperative ITS Platform and
- to relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder collaborations engaged in preparing C-ITS deployment such as the Amsterdam Group and the umbrella organisations represented therein (CEDR, ASECAP, POLIS, Car2Car Communication Consortium).
While the vision reaches beyond the year 2020, the mission to accomplish it is from an EIP+ perspective and therefore limited to the lifetime of the EIP+ study (December 2015). It is likely that future outputs from follow-up activities, that may also be supported under the Connecting Europe Facility (2014-2020), will assist in achieving the vision. From the EIP+ perspective the current mission comprises the elements (tasks) as referred to in the European Commission’s decision concerning granting financial aid to EIP+ and the annexes of this decision (C(2014) 9248 final, Brussels, 05.12.2014):
- potential Level of Service improvement for Core European ITS services,
- C-ITS deployment initiatives and lessons learned,
- cost assessment of communication media and applications,
- deployment scenarios for C-ITS related infrastructure and preparation of implementation road map,
- mechanism for setting up deployment guidelines for road operator responsibilities within C-ITS.
These elements provide input to two deliverables
- EIP+ White paper on C-ITS including the state of the art of C-ITS deployment, effects, and ecosystems as well as conclusions for deployment,
- C-ITS deployment road map for road authorities and operators including the mechanism for producing C-ITS deployment guidelines.
BASt (Germany, coordination), SINA (Italy), Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands), Finnish Transport Agency (Finland), Swedish Transport Administration (Sweden), Highways Agency (UK), ITS Romania (Romania), ELSOL (Romania), Egnatia Odos (Greece), Hessen Mobil (Germany), ASFA (France), DGT (Spain)
Activity coordinator: Torsten Geissler (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Contact person appointed for C-ITS Platform: Risto Kulmala (email@example.com),
EIP+ project manager: Alessandro Javicoli (firstname.lastname@example.org).