At the European ITS Congress 2016 in Glasgow, UK, TN-ITS successfully organised its annual General Assembly (GA) meeting as one combined event with the Congress Session PR04. The session reported on the ongoing TN-ITS implementation work taking place in the EU-funded project EU EIP (under the CEF Multi-Annual Programme) in five EU Member States (Finland, Belgium/Flanders, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France).

Finland, the first Member State in this project to have finalised its implementation, gave a showcase presentation on the excellent results. Also the other four Member States presented their good progress, and additional presentations were given by the ITS map providers HERE and TomTom, and the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC), while a keynote speech was delivered by Gilles Carabin of the ITS Unit of DG MOVE.

The two ITS map providers are part of the project to test the use of updates generated by the implementations, and to provide guidance. Intensive cooperation between the JRC and TN-ITS took place last year in the successful Transportation Pilot, with successful and now operational TN-ITS implementations in Norway and Sweden.

Like last year at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, the ITS map providers made positive statements concerning the relevance of the TN-ITS exchange framework for realising highly up-to-date digital maps for ITS applications.

The outline and the presentations of the session can be found at the following page:  Session ITS European Congress 2016

Daily updates of changes in road attributes

Use of ITS digital maps gradually extended beyond mere navigation to ADAS and C-ITS applications, with automated driving on the horizon. The objective of TN-ITS is to support a data chain for daily updating of ITS maps for changes in road attributes. By catching changes at the origin (road authorities), each update concerns just a single data point from a trusted source, not needing extensive processing, interpretation and validation. The pilot implementations now underway in the EU-EIP project now pilot implementations are underway in five more countries, are a next step to further European roll-out.