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Global System for Telematics enabling On-line Safety Services

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During the last decade, advances in communication technology and on-board vehicle electronics have set the stage for a giant leap forward in automobile communicative capability, namely the transition from autonomous units to communicating, highly-interactive systems that share intelligence with each other and their environment. Making the vehicle and its occupants an integral part of the information society will allow the easing of existing tension between the vehicle and its environment, and help to bring the automotive experience as well as overall mobility to unprecedented levels. 'Global system for telematics' (GST) was a major initiative mobilising more than 50 key stakeholders in the European telematics industry. The purpose of GST was to create an environment in which innovative telematics services can be developed and delivered cost-effectively, and hence, to increase the range of economic telematic services available to manufacturers and consumers. GST has developed an open and standardised framework architecture for end to end telematics. The openness relates to the existence of a common mechanism for the installation, updating, and removal of new services and applications. These standards are necessary for the key interfaces which allows the complexity and heterogeneousness of the supporting technologies to be hidden. GST sought the following objectives: 1. creation of a horizontal market for online services based on open standards; 2. provide help to this market to reach critical mass by enabling the deployment of safety services to reduce the number of accident fatalities. An open telematics market guarantees prompt access to content and service functions through interoperable equipment across standardised access and carrier networks. The use of new technologies can contribute to the eSafety action plan meant to meet EU targets of a 50 % reduction of road fatalities. The project ties together the existing results of European, national and corporate research programmes and progresses the state-of-the art focusing on missing links for which enabling specifications and standardisation proposals have been developed. More specifically, GST has identified the requirements of users, car manufacturers, control centre operators, middleware providers, terminal manufacturers, and service providers. It has defined an overall framework architechture for open telematics across the seven sub-projects, as well as specifications for the key interfaces. In addition, GST has developed a common validation plan to ensure that the site validation results can be aggregated and compared at the project level. It has also addressed relevant operational and business aspects for market introduction of open telematics.