Mobility and Transport

Intelligent transport systems

Cooperative, connected and automated mobility (C-ITS)

Cooperative, connected and automated mobility (C-ITS)

In many respects today's vehicles are already connected devices. However, in the very near future they will also interact directly with each other and with the road infrastructure. This interaction is the domain of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will allow road users and traffic managers to share information and use it to coordinate their actions. This cooperative element – enabled by digital connectivity between vehicles and between vehicles and transport infrastructure – is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, by helping the driver to take the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation.


Communication between vehicles, infrastructure and other road users is also crucial to increase the safety of future automated vehicles and their full integration in the overall transport system. Cooperation, connectivity, and automation are not only complementary technologies; they reinforce each other and will over time merge completely.

Therefore, the European Commission has on 30th of November 2016 adopted a European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone initiative towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility. The objective of the C-ITS Strategy is to facilitate the convergence of investments and regulatory frameworks across the EU, in order to see deployment of mature C-ITS services in 2019 and beyond. This includes the adoption of the appropriate legal framework at EU level by 2018 to ensure legal certainty for public and private investors, the availability of EU funding for projects, the continuation of the C-ITS Platform process as well as international cooperation with other main regions of the world on all aspects related to cooperative, connected and automated vehicles. It also involves continuous coordination, in a learning-by-doing approach, with the C-ROADS platform, which gathers real-life deployment activities in Member States.

  • COM (2016) 766 - A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, a milestone towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility
  • EC Press Release 30th of November on C-ITS Strategy
  • More Information on C-ITS Strategy in press Memo


In 2016, Member States and the Commission launched the C-Roads Platform to link C-ITS deployment activities, jointly develop and share technical specifications and to verify interoperability through cross-site testing. Initially created for C-ITS deployment initiatives co-funded by the EU, C-Roads is open to all deployment activities for interoperability testing.

C-Roads EC Press Release

C-Roads Website

C-ITS Platform

The European Commission decided early 2014 to take a more prominent role in the deployment of connected driving, by setting up a C-ITS Deployment Platform. The Platform is conceived as a cooperative framework including national authorities, C-ITS stakeholders and the Commission, in view to develop a shared vision on the interoperable deployment of C-ITS in the EU. Hence, it is expected to provide policy recommendations for the development of a roadmap and a deployment strategy for C-ITS in the EU and identify potential solutions to some critical cross-cutting issues.

In the frame of supporting the deployment of C-ITS on European roads, there are a number of C-ITS real-life pilot projects funded under TEN-T and CEF which will create new ITS services for all European road users. These projects will test vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle interactions by using both short-range and cellular communications.

By endorsing the Final Report of the first phase of the C-ITS Platform on 21 January 2016, the C-ITS Platform has achieved its first milestone towards connected and automated vehicles in the EU. The Commission in consequence prepared the C-ITS Strategy for the Deployment of C-ITS, based on the recommendations of the platform.

The C-ITS Platform is now in its second phase and will accompany the deployment process with a special focus on the links between connectivity and automation, in particular in relation to infrastructure and road safety issues. The results of the C-ITS platform second phase on the topic of automation will feed into GEAR 2030, providing it with a transport system perspective.

/transport/file/c-its-platform-final-report-january-2016pdf_enRead the C-ITS Platform final report of January 2016

Annexes to the C-ITS Platform final report of January 2016

/transport/file/workprogrammephaseiifinalpdf_enWork Programme of the current second phase of the C-ITS Platform