MEPs welcome the strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) presented by the Commission, which aims to boost deployment of digital technologies in transport to help improve road safety, reduce congestion and emissions, but stress the need for high cybersecurity and data protection standards, in a draft resolution voted in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday.

They call the Commission to present a specific timetable with clear targets for what the EU needs to achieve between 2019 and 2029 to speed up the deployment of connected intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) technologies.

The Commission should prioritise the deployment by 2019 of those C-ITS services that have the highest safety potential, they add.

MEPs call the Commission, local authorities and Member States to provide proper funding to upgrade and maintain the future road infrastructure, and encourage car manufacturer and telecom operators cooperate for the smooth deployment of C-ITS communication technologies, road charging and smart digital tachograph services.

Smart vehicles should comply fully with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related rules, they stress, and point to the need to apply high standards of cybersecurity as the transport system becomes more digitised and connected.

When developing C-ITS, special attention should be paid to urban driving, which involves greater interaction with vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, they add.

The draft resolution now needs to be voted by the full house of the Parliament.

Source: European Parliament