iStock 000002781203MediumThe Commissioner responsible for Transport, Siim Kallas has called for further action in making transport data, such as real-time information about traffic jams and transport timetables or delays, more easily accessible. This is a crucial step in building a connected transport system spanning all modes of transport, where people, vehicles and transport infrastructure are continuously connected and interact.

The European Commission has released on 21 October 2014 a report on the implementation of European legislation supporting the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (or ITS) in the field of road transport, and for interfaces with other modes of transport. This report is accompanied by a working document on the progress and review of the ITS Action Plan .

These reports show the progress achieved in the implementation of the directive and action plan, with in particular several pieces of European legislation (e.g. eCall ( IP/14/438), road safety-related traffic information, information on truck parking ( IP/13/430)) already adopted in the areas of optimal use of transport data and road safety applications. They also underline the need for further action at EU level, in particular as regards transport data and connectivity.

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