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Transport telematics - High level groups

The European Commission has established two high level groups (HLGs) to assist in the development of policies for telematics systems for transport. These groups, composed of representatives of national governments and other interested parties, are in the areas of road transpor...
The European Commission has established two high level groups (HLGs) to assist in the development of policies for telematics systems for transport. These groups, composed of representatives of national governments and other interested parties, are in the areas of road transport and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

The Road Transport Telematics HLG first met in December 1995. Its aim is to support the Commission in developing a general strategy and an action plan for the deployment of road transport telematics. The group consists of Member States' representatives. Other interested parties are also involved in the discussions.

The role of the Road Transport Telematics HLG is to:

- Advise the Commission in identifying European priorities for transport telematics applications improving road traffic safety and efficiency;
- Recommend short term actions;
- Assist the Commission in the development of a longer term general strategy and an action plan defining the deployment of road transport telematics applications;
- Identify organizational, legal and institutional obstacles and difficulties which are holding back road transport telematics deployment on a European scale.

The action plan being prepared by the group presents an inventory of issues and potential actions for the Community and for Member States.

The following areas, considered as "first priority", cover short-term actions:

- RDS-TMC traffic information services;
- Automatic toll collection;
- Transport data/information management;
- Human-machine interface.

Other applications, in the longer term, are:

- Systems architecture;
- Pre-trip, on-trip information and guidance;
- Inter-urban and urban traffic management (operation and control);
- Other urban transport telematics services;
- Collective transport;
- Advanced vehicle safety/control systems;
- Commercial vehicle operations (Logistic chains).

The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) high level group, which consists of Member States' representatives, users, telecommunications operators, and the European Space Agency and Eurocontrol, first met in May 1995. The HLG aims to assist the Commission in drawing up an action plan in order to:

- Initiate or support work on the development and implementation of a European complement to existing satellite navigation systems (GNSS1);
- Initiate and support, in parallel with GNSS1 activities, the preparatory satellite system for civil use (GNSS2).

The action plan under preparation contains an inventory of issues and potential actions for the Community and Member States. It deals with:

- Institutional arrangements to deal with control and ownership problems, to address liability issues, to facilitate certification and to manage the provision of services in a sound commercial way;
- The role played by the EC in the evolution of satellite navigation services in Europe;
- The establishment of a regulatory framework for the provision of safety critical satellite navigation services in Europe;
- Financial aspects especially cost/benefit and cost recovery;
- Relationships with other countries and regions for the provision of a seamless global navigation system based on regional contributions;
- Establishment of conditions for the development of the internal market for goods and services in the navigation sector and the measures needed to establish the competitiveness of European industry.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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