During the Urban Mobility day at the 19th ITS World Congress in Vienna six major infrastructure suppliers announced their joint work towards a common set of standards for Cooperative Mobility services. These standards are expected to be implemented in their future product. The statement signed by ERTICO Partners IMTECH TRAFFIC & INFRA Q-FREE SIEMENS SWARCO VIALIS and XEROX in the context of an ERTICO – ITS Europe initiative to speed up deployment is a first such demonstration by these infrastructure suppliers of their commitment to cooperate for cooperative mobility.

The future of traffic management on urban and inter-urban networks will rely on direct communication and interaction between vehicles and the infrastructure using new technologies called cooperative intelligent transport systems (or “C-ITS”) that support real-time exchange of traffic data. This cooperation can enable a wide range of applications such as vehicle-sourced data collection green light and speed advice automated hazard detection selective vehicle priority dynamic city logistics parking management virtual signage and multimodal traveller information.

The potential benefits of cooperative ITS are vast including improved energy efficiency reduced CO2 emissions and congestion more effective incident detection and management and increased road safety. Individual transport users will enjoy easier more reliable and eco-friendlier travel choices fleet operators for logistics and public transport will improve quality and cost-effectiveness of services while traffic and road managers will benefit from more complete and timely monitoring of their network and better tools for traffic control and system-wide optimisation.

Creating the standards needed for C-ITS deployment

The European Commission has issued a Mandate (M453) to European industry and governments to develop a minimum set of standards needed to ensure the functionality and interoperability of these new communication technologies and enable connected vehicles to communicate intelligently with traffic management and control infrastructure throughout Europe.

This Mandate is directed to ETSI (the European Telecommunication Standards Institute) and CEN (the European Standards Committee) that between them have already published many of the required standards.

The completion of these standards will open the way for a harmonised pan-European deployment of C-ITS in cities and on the highway network enabling cooperative intelligent roadside systems to communicate with equipped cars trucks emergency services and public transport vehicles.

The undersigned companies confirm their willingness to work towards and implement European standards in their C-ITS product and service developments.

Through the joint statement the infrastructure suppliers invite public authorities at national regional and city levels to work with them to ensure that the respective products and services fulfil their needs and goals concerning interoperability and functionality.

This article was written by Paul Kompfner and Zeljko Jeftic for ERTICO

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Original Publication Date: Wed 05 Dec 2012