The Information Society and Media Directorate-General (DG INFSO) of the European Commission and the Road Bureau of the Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (The Road Bureau) Japan signed on 9 June 2011 in Lyon France a Memorandum of Cooperation concerning Cooperative Systems in the Field of Intelligent Transport Systems. The Memorandum is based primarily on their progressive cooperation activities over many years in the field of research on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) through bilateral meetings which have resulted in an important amount of meaningful technical cooperation and information exchange.
DG INFSO and the Road Bureau recognise the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation and desire to maintain cooperation to share results of research in the field of ITS especially on Cooperative Systems while seeking support from other relevant agencies. They believe that Cooperative Systems based on ITS technologies especially vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications can deliver significant benefits for all road users and the public especially in terms of safer more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly surface transport.
The Memorandum is intended to identify the research and development areas that would benefit from a harmonised approach and that should be address by coordinated research activities. DG INFSO and the Road Bureau intend to share information on ongoing research and development projects estimated benefits research outcomes and result of field demonstrations by means of periodical dialogues and information exchange. They further intend to inform stakeholders involved in the development of Cooperative Systems in particular the automotive industry and standardisation organisations of the continuing cooperation and progress between them and to promote active participation from and exchange among the stakeholders of Japan and the European Union by jointly organising symposiums seminars and meetings.
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Photos: right: Mr Takashi Nishio (right) Senior Deputy Director MLIT’s Road Bureau (representing Mr Shigeru Kikukawa Director-General MLIT’s Road Bureau) and Mr Robert Madelin Director-General DG INFSO
Left: Mr Takashi Nishio (right) Senior Deputy Director MLIT’s Road Bureau (representing Mr Shigeru Kikukawa Director-General MLIT’s Road Bureau) and Mr Robert Madelin Director-General DG INFSO
Group picture: (From left to right) Mr Wolfgang Höfs Ms Eva Boethius both European Commission DG Information Society and Media (EC/DG INFSO) Ms Shelly Row Associate Administrator and Director Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office Research and Innovative Technology Administration US Department of Transport (US DOT RITA) Ms Jane Lappin US DOT RITA Mr Juhani Jääskeläinen Head of unit “ICT for Transport” EC/DG INFSO Mr Takashi Nishio Senior Deputy Director MLIT’s Road Bureau (representing Mr Shigeru Kikukawa Director-General of the MLIT’s Road Bureau) Mr Koichi Sakai Senior Researcher ITS Division MLIT Mr Satoru Nakajo Senior Consultant Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc.
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Original Publication Date: Thu 23 Jun 2011