The European Union’s (EU) TEN-T Programme has committed over € 6.5m to a pilot project to improve road safety, traffic management and multimodality in France.
The project will test and assess cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) that enable vehicles to communicate with each other, and to the road infrastructure, for greater transport efficiency and increased safety. It will focus on testing C-ITS applications improving the safety of road users and operating staff during works, maintenance and accidents.
The pilot is the first of a two-phase project with the aim to study C-ITS and define a national roadmap for these services. The project will install and test C-ITS in 3 000 vehicles and on 2 000 km of roads in Ile-de-France, Bretagne, Bordeaux and Isère, and on the highway between Paris and Strasbourg.
The project was selected for funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority ‘New generation of smart/connected transport’. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency. 
Original author: Alexia