Cooperative ITS deployment towards connected and automated driving
As outlined in the European Commission’s strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems in many respects today’s vehicles are already connected devices. However, in the very near future they will also interact directly with each other and with road infrastructure.
This interaction is the domain of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will allow road users and traffic managers to share and use information previously not available and to coordinate their actions. This cooperative element – enabled by digital connectivity – is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, by supporting the driver.
Cooperation, connectivity, and automation are not only complementary technologies; they reinforce each other and over time will merge completely. Truck platooning (trucks communicating automatically and safely following each other at very short distance) is a good example: connectivity, cooperation and automation must all come together to make it work.
To ensure coordinated deployment of C-ITS services in 2019, an unprecedented level of cooperation across many sectors is required to make Connected Automated Driving (CAD) a success.
Since November 2014, the Commission has hosted the C-ITS platform to identify remaining barriers and propose solutions for C-ITS deployment in Europe. In 2016, Member States and the Commission launched the C-Roads Platform to link C-ITS deployment activities, jointly develop and share technical specifications and to verify interoperability through cross-site and cross-border testing.
This plenary session on C-ITS will bring together experts from both the public and private sector.
They will expand on what Cooperative ITS brings to them, what they get out of the work being done within the C-ITS platform and why they felt the need to get involved in this platform. On the C-Roads Platform, you will hear about who is involved in this project, what services it will deploy and what are the expected outcomes and feedback into the C-ITS policy work.
Head of Unit, DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE), European Commission
Adviser for European and International Affairs, Ministry of Interior, France