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Action 92: Apply the Intelligent Transport System Directive in support of interoperability and rapid standardisation

The action aims at increasing the speed of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) take-up, in particular for road and urban transport by applying the proposed ITS Directive in support of interoperability and rapid standardisation.

The Working Programme on implementation of the ITS Directive was adopted in February 2011. The Commission Implementing Decision of 13 July 2011 adopted guidelines for reporting by the Member States. ITS Advisory Group was established. Adopted Delegated Regulation 305/2013 on eCall specifications for PSAPs (priority action d – November 2012). Adopted Delegated Regulation 886/2013 with regard to data and procedures for the provision, where possible, of road safety-related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users (priority action c – May 2013). Adopted Delegated Regulation 885/2013 with regard to the provision of information services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles (priority action e – May 2013).

What is the problem? Transport is not efficient and safe enough and consumes too much energy.

Mobility of people and goods is a cornerstone of Europe's economic activity but represents one of the most serious environmental challenges which we face today. Intelligent Transports Systems (ITS) use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to make transport more efficient, faster, easier and more reliable.

Why is EU action necessary? EU has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020.

By applying smart ICT solutions in transport of all modes in Europe, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 25%. The European ITS Action Plan and its associated Directive support the fast deployment of interoperable ITS in road transport and other transport modes like railways, sky, and sea.

What has the Commission done so far?

  • Began predeployment pilots on eCall in 9 European Member States funded under the CIP programme (January 2011)
  • Adopted a Working Programme on the implementation of the ITS Directive (February 2011)
  • Established the ITS Advisory Group (May 2011)
  • Adopted guidelines for reporting (July 2011)
  • Adopted the eCall Recommendation (September 2011)
  • Published an Impact Assessment on the eCall implementation published (September 2011)
  • Adopted eCall specifications (November 2012)
  • Funded research projects and Field Operational Tests to accelerate ITS standardisation on connected vehicles.

What will Commission do next?

By end of 2014:

  • Fund research projects addressing automated driving for energy-efficiency and safety
  • Continue international cooperation on ITS research and innovation
  • Continue global ITS standardisation harmonisation.
  • Support ICT pilots addressing energy-efficient, safe and smart mobility
  • Fund research & innovation projects addressing Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS).
Progress Report
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