Brussels: new vehicles shall communicate with the road infrastructure.
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The European Commission has recently adopted regulations to accelerate the implementation of intelligent transport systems on the European road system. It’s about C-ITS or Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems. These systems should improve traffic flow and safety.
The new technology will allow vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other, to the road infrastructure, and other road users – for instance about dangerous situations, road works and the timing of traffic lights, making road transport safer, cleaner and more efficient.
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.” – Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Mobility and Transport said.
Other C-ITS benefits
The new technology will benefit drivers as they will be able to save time thanks to available information and appropriate traffic management. The improvement of traffic flow will also have a positive effect on the level of safety.
The new rules are in line with the proposals on clean mobility introduced by the Juncker Commission, are a further step for modernising the European mobility sector, preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century and contributing to the EU’s long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050 („Vision Zero”).
The first C-ITS tests
The first tests on C-Roads (intelligent roads with the C-ITS system) were carried out as a part of a pilot program in the summer of 2018. Cars from France and Portugal easily „communicate” with the „intelligent” motorway in Austria. Then, vehicle manufacturers such as Hyundai, Opel, Honda, Volkswagen, Renault, Volvo Trucks and Fiat pledged to equip their vehicles in C-ITS from 2019.