The EC adopted a Strategy on C-ITS to allow for a wide-scale deployment of this technology as of 2019. The Strategy focuses on services that can be deployed in the short to medium-run and its main elements include avoiding a fragmented market, using a mix of communication technologies and addressing security and data protection issues, among others.
Today the European Commission adopted a European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone initiative towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility. The objective of this Strategy is to allow for a wide-scale commercial deployment of C-ITS as of 2019. This is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, by helping the driver to take the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation.
Most importantly, digital technologies help reduce human error, by far the greatest source of accidents in transport. The steady trend in improving road safety that the EU has seen over the last decade has slowed down. C-ITS can help to revive a positive dynamic in the reduction of road fatalities, in order to reach the EU target of halving the overall number of road deaths in the European Union between 2010 and 2020.
Communication between vehicles, infrastructure and other road users is also crucial to increase the safety of future automated vehicles and their full integration in the overall transport system. In other words, connectivity and cooperation are prerequisites to safe automation.
In all, this Strategy focuses on those services that can be readily deployed in the short to medium-run but display long-term benefits on road safety, sustainability and automation. The main elements of the Strategy are:
- Avoid a fragmented internal market
- Define and support common priorities
- Use a mix of communication technologies
- Address security and data protection issues
- Develop the right legal framework
- Cooperate at international level
As such, the C-ITS Strategy is not an end in itself and work will intensify over the coming months. This will notably involve continuous coordination, in a learning-by-doing approach, with the C-ROADS platform, which gathers real-life deployment activities in Member States. Through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) projects have been funded in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.