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Intelligent transport systems

EU-funded research for efficient, clean and safe road transport - (28 pages)

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are under continuous development to reduce congestion and to ensure the sustainable mobility of citizens and goods in response to increase in traffic demand, resulting from higher levels of motorisation, urbanisation, population growth and demographic change. This brochure reviews the contribution made over 15 years of EU-funded research in the field of ITS by the Sustainable Surface Transport programme. Its main contribution is the support for an integrated systemic approach to transport research. This evolution is described through the presentation of research projects including: road safety, traffic management and intelligent infrastructures, holistic solutions, multimodality, freight logistics and international cooperation. Many of the projects are still ongoing; this brochure gives an exciting insight into the state of the art of ITS research and provides a glimpse of ITS technologies and systems we can expect to see on our roads in the near future.