Creation date: December 12, 2016
Digital technology that lets vehicles "talk" to each other and to the infrastructure (Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, C-ITS) is key in moving towards a smart road transport sector. The European Commission, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and beneficiaries from the C-ROADS projects met today to reinforce this notion. The seven C-ROADS projects are supported with a combined €55 million grant from the EU and will implement C-ITS services in eight countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK).
The projects are part of those supported by the EU under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport instrument and were selected under the 2015 CEF Transport calls, which made €7.6 billion available to finance projects to improve European transport infrastructure, promote transport safety, develop intelligent transport systems and mitigate the environmental impact of the sector.
European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc signed a special C-ROADS poster to reinforce the EU's commitment to supporting ITS as one of the chief solutions to making the road transport sector safer, greener and more efficient. She remarked: "We already have many examples of successful projects proving the enormous potential of Cooperative Intelligent Transport System. But with C-ROADS we are stepping up a gear. It is a platform for ALL deployment initiatives, including those not funded by the EU, focusing on interoperability and making sure that C-ITS services are actually deployed and made available to EU citizens. C-ROADS will take the road sector to the next level, with vehicles capable of communicating with users, with infrastructure and with each other."
INEA Director Dirk Beckers, who also signed the poster together with representatives of the C-ROADS projects, remarked: "INEA will offer its continuous support to the C-ROADS projects, so that cooperative ITS services may be quickly implemented, in a harmonised and interoperable way across the EU. Our ITS project portfolio keeps growing every year, a clear sign of the strategic interest for ITS from Member States and the European industry."
The C-ROADS projects will install C-ITS equipment in various locations throughout the EU, with pilot schemes designed to test the solutions in different operating environments. Moreover, C-ROADS partners will cooperate with each other to identify common specifications (communication, security, etc.) to ensure interoperability of C-ITS services. By making cross-border C-ITS services a reality, the C-ROADS platform is building the foundations for connected vehicles in the European Union.
What do we mean by C-ITS?
Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, with traffic signals and roadside infrastructure as well as with other road users.
With alerts generated from the increased information available, these systems have a strong potential to improve road safety and the efficiency of road transport. For example, information about a traffic jam ahead or about the optimal speed to catch a green light can be displayed to the drivers inside the car in due time.
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