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The Transport Telematics programme (DRIVE II)

DRIVE II is one of the Areas within the specific programme of research and technological development in the field of telematic systems in areas of general interest, 1990-1994. The current DRIVE programme builds on exploratory research undertaken in DRIVE I and takes the proce...

DRIVE II is one of the Areas within the specific programme of research and technological development in the field of telematic systems in areas of general interest, 1990-1994. The current DRIVE programme builds on exploratory research undertaken in DRIVE I and takes the process of RTD a step further by focusing on the validation of the technical achievements of DRIVE through integrated pilot experiments. At present 57 projects are supported, with an overall Community contribution of ECU 124 million. A total of 500 partners are involved from industry (information technology and telecommunications, and automobile), administration (local, regional and national), service providers and research institutions. The work mainly covers road transport, and also the interfaces between road/rail and road/sea transport. A main characteristic is the high commitment of infrastructure owners in the provision of test-beds, permitting realistic integrated service experiments to be carried out. A total of 31 European cities and 11 transEuropean corridors are involved in such experimentation. Following the recent Council Decisions to strengthen the Third Framework Programme, an amount of ECU 15 million has been allocated recently to DRIVE to support the integration of activities inside the programme. The Commission services are pursuing this objective via new calls for proposals together with accompanying measures and concerted actions. Planning for the Fourth Framework Programme of Community activities in RTD is well under way. A working document for the follow-up programme in the telematics field has been submitted to the Commission and will be distributed for consultation. In this document, recognition is emerging for the need to extend RTD work on telematic services to all modes of transport, with emphasis on the interconnection of networks and the interoperability of equipment. Integrated service for urban, regional and transEuropean transport will be developed. The DRIVE Annual Report, "Transport Telematics 1993" is now available. It comprises a detailed description of the DRIVE II programme plus brief descriptions of each project, including objectives and listings of contact persons.

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