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Cooperative ITS for safe, congestion-free and sustainable mobility

Specific challenge: Europe would be closer to solving problems related to congestion, traffic safety and environmental challenges if people, vehicles, infrastructure and businesses were connected into one cooperative ecosystem combining integrated traffic and transport management with new elements of ubiquitous data collection and system self-management. Significant technological progress in this area has been made in the past years; however, large scale deployment is in its infancy. Additional research is needed to improve and demonstrate at a European scale the effectiveness and efficiency of integrated smart mobility solutions based on human-vehicle-infrastructure communication. Seamless integration of the benefits offered by the European Global Navigation Satellite System (European GNSS) in ITS applications will play an important role.

Scope: Coordination and Support Action proposals should support the accelerated take-up and deployment of cross-systems/cross-border innovative services and global reach-out

–      by fostering further ITS standardisation in the EU and beyond in view of interoperability;

–      by raising awareness and campaigning for cooperative ITS.

Research and Innovation Action proposals should address the development of one or several of the following domains:

      Open in-vehicle platform architecture for provision of real-time ITS services and mechanisms to provide seamless connectivity, interoperability and secure flow of information across stakeholders, including convergence of Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) and 4th generation mobile communication technologies.

      Improved positioning technology, building on innovative features of European GNSS systems, with standard interfaces to serve different ITS applications and new concepts for flexible charging based on guaranteed positioning.

      Highly accurate, dynamic maps for transport applications, leveraging technologies based on advanced GNSS and cloud computing.

      Innovative solutions for cooperative network management, multimodal transport services, safety applications and hazard warnings.

      Tailor-made solutions for heavy duty vehicles, integrating as much as possible tachograph, tolling, inspection and (dynamic) route guidance functions, etc.

The activities should support development of European Wide Service Platforms (EWSP). Proposed solutions should be demonstrated in real-life conditions, based on which the assessment of their effectiveness and their respective deployment requirements should be carried out. They have to propose robust built-in data privacy and security measures based on appropriate public engagement in the project.

The scope of the work should extend towards full-scale early deployment, and should address issues related to suitability for public procurement, identification of (multi-stakeholder) business cases and value-added scenarios, users’ engagement, acceptance and willingness to pay.

Priority will be given to proposals with strong participation of innovative SMEs and to proposals boosting international cooperation. Robust and convincing commercialisation strategy in view of market roll-out of proposed solutions will be an advantage.

In line with the Union's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation international cooperation is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 5 to 10 million each for Research and Innovation Actions would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact: The establishment of an integrated transport ""info-structure"", relying on vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications, but also on the availability of open and quality transport data, will improve transport systems

–      safety level, by reducing the number of crashes

–      efficiency, by offering efficient and cost-effective solutions for curbing congestion

–      flexibility, by providing alternative options to drivers in case of traffic disruptions

–      sustainability, by cutting down GHG and other pollutant emissions

Type of action: 1) Research and Innovation Actions; 2) Coordination and Support Actions