The Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers makes a strong appeal towards harmonised Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry technical standards in order to accelerate the deployment of these systems. In this context globally aligned wireless communication protocols for safety and mobility relevant data to connect vehicles with each other and with the roadside infrastructure are a critical element to enable deployment. Our position is consistent with the agreement signed by the US government and the European Commission in support of global harmonisation of ITS standards.


The OICA President Patrick Blain declared: “Modern automobiles have already made tremendous advances in terms of safety and environmental performance. A next giant step could well be possible with the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems technologies whereby vehicles “talk” to each other as well as with the roadway infrastructure. Vehicles will transmit and receive crucial information to and from other vehicles as well as to and from the roadway infrastructure. Such electronic information if delivered accurately reliably and timely is expected to have major positive implications for the road safety as well as for mobility and the environment. As an example data on an accident ahead will enable drivers to be prepared and to slow down. In addition to the road safety effects connected vehicles have a strong potential also for saving fuel that is wasted in daily traffic jams and therefore reducing CO2 emissions. Foresighted up-to-date traffic information will enable drivers to choose an optimised route e.g. by avoiding a traffic jam.”


As explained by Dr. Bernd Gottselig chairman of the OICA Technical Committee “One of the main concerns is that manufacturers may have to develop their own unique systems for regional markets in the absence of harmonised global standards. Even if vehicles from various manufacturers may well “talk” to other vehicles in the same region there is however no guarantee that these will still be able to “talk” with other vehicles or the road infrastructure in this or another regional area. This situation is due to the absence of globally harmonised technical standards defining the exact communication protocol such as the message sets the message authentication and the minimum performance requirements.


Various standards organisations worldwide currently are very active in this field in order to specify communication protocols. However with an absent commitment to harmonise these technical standards globally they will be separately implemented on a regional level only e.g. for Europe US Japan etc. On the other hand today’s vehicle industry is truly global and it simply makes no sense to design our systems differently from one country or region to another. In essence only a complete and globally consistent set of communication protocols will allow for a robust and rapid deployment of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies.”


Patrick Blain concluded that “When it comes to vehicle/infrastructure communication the necessary road equipment does not exist yet; various projects are in R&D and some could be introduced in the near term. As we move closer toward deployment of these new technologies now is the time for all involved stakeholders worldwide including vehicle manufacturers governments standards organisations and trade associations to work together before it is too late. The global auto industry urgently needs globally standardised (V2V) and (V2I) communication protocols; V2V systems could then be more rapidly and efficiently developed and introduced and the future infrastructure equipment could then be planned to make up the last cornerstone of the integrated and globally harmonised ITS system.”


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Original Publication Date: Thu 28 Apr 2011