Intelligent Transport Systems
A new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
This week, the European Parliament voted in favour of a new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), in order to contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system and accelerate the deployment of innovative transport technologies across Europe.
What can ITS achieve?
Innovation will help to make transport more sustainable, which means efficient, clean, safe and seamless. New infrastructure cannot solve all transport problems of congestion and emissions. ITS apply information and communication technologies to transport. Computers, electronics, satellites and sensors are playing an increasingly important role in our transport systems. The main innovation is the integration of existing technologies to create new services. ITS as such are instruments that can be used for different purposes under different conditions. ITS can be applied in every transport mode (road, rail, air, water) and services can be used by both passenger and freight transport.
On 16 December 2008, the European Commission took a major step towards the deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in road transport. The Action Plan adopted suggests a number of targeted measures and a proposal for a Directive laying down the framework for their implementation. ITS can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. The goal is to create the momentum necessary to speed up market penetration of rather mature ITS applications and services in Europe.