The European Commission has approved new rules to accelerate the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe’s roads.
This technology will allow connected vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other, to the road infrastructure and to other road users – for instance about dangerous situations or roadworks on the road ahead, and the timing of traffic lights.
In this way, road users and traffic managers will be able to share and use information in real time.
The specifications establish the minimal legal requirements for interoperability between different cooperative systems. Interoperability will enable all equipped stations to exchange messages with any other station securely in an open network.
The cooperative element – enabled by digital connectivity between vehicles, and between vehicles and the transport infrastructure – is expected to help drivers make the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation, improving road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort when driving.
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, the Commission said.
C-ITS represents the next stage in enabling communication among vehicles. As of this year, vehicles, traffic signs and motorways will be equipped with technology to send standardised messages to all traffic participants around them.
Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc, commented: “This decision gives vehicle manufacturers, road operators and others the long-awaited legal certainty needed to start large-scale deployment of C-ITS services across Europe, while remaining open to new technology and market developments. It will significantly contribute to us achieving our ambitions on road safety, and is an important stepping stone towards connected and automated mobility.”