Brochures :: Policy Link : Information Society and Transport
Policy Link : Information Society and Transport
1 October 2006
A short (15 page) brochure illustrating how innovation in Information and Communication Technologies is contributing
to a European policy for sustainable mobility. Available in English.
"This brochure presents the most recent and relevant innovations emerging from EU supported research
and deployment programmes and I welcome it as an illustration of how innovation in ICT is contributing
to a European policy for sustainable mobility." Viviane Reding
European Commissioner for Information Society and Media
Mobility is essential for Europe’s prosperity and for free movement of citizens. As well as
underpinning the competitiveness of European industries, mobility is also an essential citizen
right.Yet our insatiable demand for mobility also brings negative impacts, in terms of energy
use and environmental quality, which must be reduced.
Europe’s future transport policy, adopted by the Commission in June 2006, aims to address
these challenges. Building on the 2001 White Paper, the updated policy – entitled Keep Europe
the needs of the 21st century. It proposes actions to improve the efficiency of existing transport
networks, protect the environment, stimulate innovation in transport technologies, and
strengthen the international dimension in the EU’s transport policy.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a key role in keeping Europe on the
move. Many of the actions prioritised in the transport policy review draw on research and pilot
actions undertaken in European ICT research and deployment programmes. Results from
European ICT research are already being deployed by the European automotive industry, leading
to safer vehicles, while further support for both research and deployment is foreseen under the
i2010 initiative on the Intelligent Car.
Community supported ICT research is also contributing to the success of Galileo – Europe’s satellite
navigation system – by delivering new mobility related services for businesses and citizens.