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? The 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 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