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Information society technologies for transport and mobility, achievements and ongoing projects from the fifth framework programme

Funded under: FP6-IST


Information Society Technologies (IST) are significantly transforming transport systems and services and are improving the mobility of citizens. All this is coming about because a concerted effort is being made to undertake IST research and technology development in the field of transport and mobility. But there is more to this area than just considering how to apply these technologies in a specific domain.
The challenges that Europe faces in the area of transport and citizen mobility are now well recognised. These include, amongst other things, the need to deal with traffic congestion, to improve the safety and security of transportation systems, to reduce environmental damage, and to improve an ageing transportation infrastructure.
These challenges must be addressed in a sustainable way. The answers do not just lie in creating more roads, airports, etc. Existing infrastructures need to be used more effectively and multi-modal transport has to become more attractive. Furthermore, transport modes need to be integrated and the safety of vehicles needs to be improved.
IST is already providing the means of responding to these challenges. However, it is already clear that a new two-way relationship has been established between IST on the one side, and transport systems on the other. Whilst Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are enabling new applications, the needs of transport systems are also driving the development and deployment of new IST applications and services. One of the purposes of this publication is to show this fact and to illustrate the types of developments that are taking place as a result of this interaction.
It also demonstrates how the application of IST in this field is creating an inclusive Information Society for all those who use transport services in Europe, be they large companies, small and medium size enterprises, public bodies or individual citizens.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2003, 52 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-6101-2
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