Overall Market Potential
It was estimated a few years ago that transport telematics infrastructure developments could, over a 10 year period, create a potential market of:
1 billion euro to equip 20.000 km of European motorways
1 billion euro to equip 85 European cities
While the market for in-vehicle equipment could reach 6 billion euro a year.
European Union Implementation Strategy
Europe has started to define its own strategy for traffic management and information services implementation.
Legislative measures are under preparation to facilitate this implementation.
First EU financial support for stimulating priority applications has been allocated.
A later study (ISFORT study commissioned by the EC in 1997, and covering 8 EU countries) estimated an annual market potential of ca. 56 billion euro for road transport applications -after market saturation for both equipment and services.
In the field of air transport, this study estimated the market potention to be over 5 billion euro -excluding services.
In the field of rail transport, estimates ranged from 20 to 42 billion euro for transformation of the whole railway network - with a more realistic estimate of 16 billion euro considering only the commercial network.
In the waterborne transport field, the study gave a preliminary assessment of 4 billion euro, largest share being for vessel on-board equipment, and 20% for Vessel Traffic Services infrastructure
Deployment of Transport Telematics Back to top
For all modes of transport, Europe has started implementing an overall strategic programme for the deployment of Telematics infrastructure.
Major decisions or resolutions approved by the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have been of great significance for the future on subjects including the Trans-European Networks, the Global Navigation Satellite System, Road Transport Telematics and the European Integrated Services Digital Networks.
Already real systems are operational in Europe, for example, in the Paris metropolitan region, there are over 375 real-time traffic information display panels operational covering 500 km of motorways, 70 km of Ring Road and 300 km of main city arterials, providing information to thousands of users every day. In the UK TrafficMaster, the first commercial travel delay information system, operates on the entire motorway network and on 800 km of trunk roads and has over 50,000 subscribers.
These early examples are the forerunners of systems which will operate throughout Europe, which when integrated with each other will provide even greater benefits to travelers, industry and the citizens of all Member States. In order to help these technologies emerge from the protective cocoon of the laboratory and survive in the harsh reality of competition, the European Commission is supporting groups who are identifying the barriers to implementation and recommending actions to overcome them. This task should not be underestimated as many of the new Transport Telematics systems do not fit comfortably into traditional categories of responsibility, as they tend to breakdown barriers and blur boundaries between administrations and ministries.
History of Deployment of Transport Telematics
The Context for Deployment of Transport Telematics in Europe Back to top
The Community's Role
The Community Instruments
The Role of the National, Regional or Local Authorities
Key Issues Affecting Deployment
High Level Group Report on Road Transport Telematics Back to top
Global Navigation Satellite System - High Level Group Back to top
Standardisation Back to top
Data/Information Exchange Back to top
Transport data collection and exchange is a prerequisite for most Road Transport Telematics services. The deployment of RTT services in Europe will require a close co-operation between different countries and regions particularly by exchanging traffic data and establishing cross-border traffic information and management services.
A major milestone in this process consisted in the conclusion at the end of 1997 of a Memorandum of Understanding on the use of interoperable mechanisms (known as the DATEX-net specifications) for international exchange of traffic and travel data/information between road traffic centres. Indeed, 26 public and private organisations have signed this MoU up to July 1998.
The European Commission (DGXIII) also commissioned the WELL-TIMED study (West European Local Legal arrangements for Transport Information Management and Exchange of Data) to explore the legal and institutional issues associated with transport data exchange and information management in the EU, and to develop guidelines on best practice. A workshop on this topic was organised on 22 April 1998 in Brussels. Two documents are available : the Main Report & the National Report.
System Architecture Back to top
Recommendation of the Commission of the European Communities to the Member States and Industry on SAFE AND EFFICIENT IN-VEHICLE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS : A EUROPEAN STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE" (Available in English, French, Deutsch). Back to top
Other Initiatives and Players Back to top