Amsterdam Group @ ITS Europe 2017: the C-ITS story unfolds

Maarten Amelink July 03, 2017

Following the workshop in February 2017, the Amsterdam organised another public event: a special interest session during ITS Europe Strasbourg (19-22 June 2017). Together with the European Commission and Corridor projects we held presentations under the title: ‘C-ITS deployment: the story unfolds’.

link to presentations

Amsterdam Group chairman Torsten Geiβler moderated the well attended session (>50 attendants) and started with mentioning the history of Amsterdam Group public events and our continued presence at ITS congresses. He also introduced the speakers of the session.

Pedro Barradas (European Commission-DG MOVE) followed with the EC view on C-ITS deployment. Cooperation, connectivity, and automation are not only complementary, they reinforce each other and will over time merge completely. Preparation for a C-ITS Delegated Act under the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU is underway. The C-ITS Platform Report for Phase II will be ready in September 2017. The C-Roads platform is the coordination mechanism for C-ITS deployment at operational level.

Then the various corridor projects presented themselves (see individual presentations for more details):

  • The aim of the C-Roads Platform (presented by Martin Böhm, General Secretary) is linking all C-ITS deployments, development of commonly agreed specifications taking the EU-C-ITS Platform recommendations into account, and planning intensive cross-testing to verify interoperability. Milestones have been defined until 2020.
  • The Cooperative ITS Corridor (presented by Sandro Berndt, BASt) has the first C-ITS stations in trial operation and a common C-ITS Corridor profile was created and implemented. Among the things to be done are wider deployment and alignment with privacy requirements.
  • Ilkka Kotilainen (Finnish Transport Agency) presented NordicWay, of the four Nordic countries, among others by showing a video. Cloud services from various providers are used with one interchange server. An interoperability demo was held in May 2017.
  • SCOOP@F concerns pilot deployment of C-ITS in France (3.000 vehicles on 2.000 km of road network). Eric Ollinger (French Ministry of Transport) explained about the service catalogue, the set of specifications and the vehicles that are ready for driving (demo is given during congress).
  • Vincent Blervaque elaborated on the ‘C the difference’ project that works on Urban C-ITS pilots in Bordeaux and Helmond. Several services will be implemented using both ITS G5 and mobile communication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Karl-Oskar Proskawetz (on behalf of the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium) explained that the European strategy as published by the EC is strongly supported by C2C-CC and that some first European car manufacturers announced serial implementation of Car-2-X technology, based on ITS G5, in mass market vehicles starting in 2019. Post congress update:  press release Volkswagen

The discussion with the audience, led by Torsten Geiβler, included the following:

  • What are concrete actions that road authorities can take at the moment concerning introduction of automated driving? It was indicated that there is a step by step approach, the Declaration of Amsterdam and the EC C-ITS Strategy (both 2016) are seen as the current framework along with the EC C-ITS platform documentation.
  • It was suggested that projects should join efforts to come to optimal results in the near future. The panel shared this vision. Further bilateral contacts were established after the session.

Torsten Geiβler concluded the session, thanked the audience, organiser and all speakers.