1. Introduction

The implementation of Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) will provide communication and share real-time information between vehicles, between vehicles and the infrastructure and infrastructure to vehicles. This will enable the exchange of information to support road safety, traffic efficiency and sustainable travel beyond the scope of stand-alone systems. The implementation of cooperative systems will bring innovative services to road users and that will support road authorities and road operators in their roles as traffic managers and network operators. It will also change the behaviour of road users as well as influence the road authorities’ and the road operators’ investments in cooperative systems.

For some years, several actions have been taken by automotive sector companies and by infrastructure operators aiming the launching of Cooperative Systems and Services in the market; for different reasons mainly the lack of coordination (the chicken and egg) have made it impossible their take-up in practical terms. The aim of this cooperation between both automotive sector companies and road operators/authorities is to encourage co-operation and their relevant industrial partners and supporters in order to develop a joint strategy for deployment.

The commitment towards deployment of C-ITS of road operators / road authorities / car manufacturers and cities highly relies on the policy and costs / benefits of C-ITS implementations in their respective (regional / national) environment. Therefore this document can only show the path and steps towards the initial deployment of C-ITS as it is seen by the umbrella  organisations and its members (= commitment to the roadmap). A decision and a commitment to deploy can only be taken by the members of the umbrella organisations on a local / regional level if this path will be followed and implementations will be undertaken.

However the intention of this Road Map document is the identification and agreement

  • On necessary steps regarding Cooperative Systems and Services, in this way defining a Joint Deployment Strategy for those who are eager to go for C-ITS implementations.
  • On common open issues / necessary activities required to be solved for the initial deployment of Cooperative Systems and Services in vehicles and at infrastructure side.
  • On a timeline to accomplish the open issues / necessary activities.

This document on the road map therefore aims at practical recommendations (not binding) for their members for the initial deployment of (Day One) cooperative services. Information exchange, discussion and creation of solutions between the involved stakeholders in the context of C-ITS are key for forming these recommendations. In doing so, the Amsterdam Group builds on the results of the AG task forces and takes advantage of work within Standard Developing Organisations (CEN, ETSI) and the C2C-CC Working Groups as well as output from research projects and large-scale Field Operational Tests co-funded by the European Commission (such as SAFESPOT, CVIS, COOPERS, COMeSafety 1/2, EasyWay, DRIVE C2X, FOTsis) and national projects (such as Testfeld Telematik, simTD, SCORE@F, CONVERGE, SPITS etc.).This document is complemented in Annex 1 with information on the organisation and governance of the working group and is showing the commitments of the umbrella organisations towards the common aims of the Amsterdam Group and the MoU of the car manufacturers to start implementation of C-ITS by 2015.

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