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Brussels adopts framework for intelligent transport

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Brussels adopts framework for intelligent transport

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(BRUSSELS) - The EU Commission adopted Wednesday new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems on Europe's roads, a key stage in enabling communication among vehicles.

The new C-ITS technology will allow vehicles to 'talk' to each other, to the road infrastructure, and to 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," said Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc: "It will significantly contribute to us achieving our ambitions on road safety, and is an important stepping stone towards connected and automated mobility."

The adoption is an important 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.

The specifications establish minimal legal requirements for interoperability between the different cooperative systems used. 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 significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort when driving, by helping the driver to make the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation.

The Commission decision takes the form of a delegated act. The publication of the delegated acts followed by a two-month period during which both the European Parliament and the Council may oppose its entry into force.

The Commission has also proposed in May 2018 that cars, trucks and buses be equipped with new and advanced safety features, such as emergency braking, intelligent speed assistance and enhanced pedestrian and cyclist protection (see full list here). The features are an enabler of automated mobility, promising EU industry leadership in this important area. Negotiations by co-legislators on this proposal will start tomorrow.

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