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Accelerating C-ITS Mobility Innovation and depLoyment in Europe

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - C-MobILE (Accelerating C-ITS Mobility Innovation and depLoyment in Europe)

Reporting period: 2018-12-01 to 2020-05-31

C-MobILE envisions completely safe and efficient transport on European roads, without casualties and serious injuries, particularly in complex urban areas and for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs), by deploying safe and reliable C-ITS services. C-MobILE will provide the framework for large-scale deployment in Europe, elevating pilot sites to deployment locations for sustainable services, supported by local authorities. C-MobILE will take a common approach in order to ensure interoperability and seamless availability of services, while presenting an acceptable cost for end users and thus enhancing the business case for organisations in the supply chain.

The C-MobILE project has seven key targets:
• C-ITS framework defined (in partnership with major stakeholders) for proposing key deployment enabling solutions on existing pilot sites, including the business case.
• Strategic research agenda defined for key research and innovation areas that promote sustainable C-ITS deployment and work towards automated transport in Europe.
• Assessment (including cost-benefit analysis) of the cumulative real-life benefits of clustering C-ITS applications and integrating multiple transport modes into the C-ITS ecosystem.
• Open secure large-scale C-ITS deployment of new and existing applications, demonstrated in complex urban environments, interoperable across countries, and involving large groups of end users.
• An open platform provided for C-ITS sources to support deployment of service concepts on commodity devices, validated by developer communities.
• Operational procedures validated for large-scale deployment of sustainable C-ITS services in Europe.
• Testing methodologies to evaluate the proven impact of C-ITS architectures and services released.
List of C-MobILE objectives and work carried out to achieve them so far (M1-M36):

O1: Define a C-ITS framework in partnership with all key stakeholders for proposing robust deployment enabling solutions, including business cases, for the pilot sites as well as other cities and regions.
-C-ITS Framework implementation is ongoing. First web version already available. Final version to be delivered at the end of the project.
-Activities related to the involvement of stakeholders continued. Two City Pool meetings in Eindhoven and Barcelona. Six new Associated Partners.

O2: Create a Strategic Research Agenda addressing key research and innovation areas to promote sustainable C-ITS deployments and lead towards automated transport in Europe.
-A living agenda of events is active.
-Strategic Research Agenda (D4.8) to be delivered by the end of the project.

O3: Assess the cumulative, real-life benefits of bundling C-ITS applications and integrating multiple transport modes in the C-ITS ecosystem.
-Ex-ante CBA delivered in M9. Impact assessment (D6.3 and D6.4) and the ex-post CBA (D6.5) to be delivered in M40 and M42.
-Final business models made in this period (M36) with the collaboration of different partners and external stakeholders.

O4: Demonstrate an open and secure large-scale deployment of C-ITS applications in complex urban environments interoperable across countries involving large groups of end-users.
-C-ITS architecture delivered in M13.
-Software modules for end-user devices (D5.2) and the rest of modules in the architecture (D5.3) submitted in M22. The verification of interoperability done and reported in D5.4.

O5: Provide an open deployment platform towards C-ITS sources by creating open access, secure software libraries, and development platforms to support deployment of applications on commodity devices.
-C-ITS reference architecture delivered in the first period.
-A new D3.5 containing a new architecture update delivered in M31.

O6: Define an operational process for large-scale deployment of sustainable C-ITS services in Europe.
-Operational procedures guidelines (D2.4) delivered in M18.
-Documentation of the C-ITS apps (D5.6) and operational processes for large-scale deployment (D4.4) to be delivered in the last period.

O7: Release testing methodologies to evaluate C-ITS architectures and the effectiveness of applications.
-Impact assessment methodology submitted in M9.
-Analysis of the compliancy of the defined methodologies with global standards to be done (D4.7) by the end of the project.

O8: Demonstrate the added value and economic viability by means of a comprehensive Cost-Benefit Analysis and impact assessment.
-Impact assessment (D6.3 and D6.4) and the ex-post CBA (D6.5) will be delivered in the last period of the project.
Innovation capacity and replicability
The approach of C-MobILE is expected to significantly contribute to increased innovation for the value chain of all involved stakeholders (i.e. products and services, business development and exploitation, policy, and processes).

Standards and new knowledge integration
The use of harmonized standards will be a guiding principle for all C-MobILE services and applications.

Competitiveness and market growth
C-MobILE will directly provide benefits to the European private sector entities that are active in the transport and mobility domain, by supporting the development of innovative products and services. Applications bundling will allow them increase their competitiveness by extending relevant markets and speeding up roll-out pace (at national, EU and global levels). Public and private stakeholders involved will have competitive advantages as compared to other actors also by being part of an integrated C-ITS framework (or ecosystem), which will realised by C-MobILE upon the successful execution of the project and brought forward beyond its life span by city-led business partnerships.

Economic Impacts
C-MobILE will achieve significant impacts at macro and micro-economic level. While it is difficult to anticipate figures of annual turnover during the project life, it is easier to say that at macro level, the overall improvement of transport operations (i.e. safety and efficiency) will contribute to more sustainable economic activities and better economies of scale, also at local level. C-MobILE shall also contribute to increased return on investment for transport technologies and infrastructures, primarily for the public sector. At micro level, C-MobILE will develop economically viable (i.e. energy saving) products, services and applications, which will be commercially exploited.

Social Impacts
C-MobILE aims to improve transport safety and efficiency through the provision of C-ITS services as novel bundles of applications for a variety of use cases and end-users, including VRUs. As a result, the project will have significant social impacts in: 1) the reduction of traffic related incidents, accidents and fatalities, 2) the improvement of road traffic flows for people and goods in complex urban areas and of all the major mobility related parameters, such as reduction of travel times and delays, increased average speed.

Sustainability and Environmental Impact
C-MobILE will have a direct and positive impact on sustainability and the environment, since a major aim of the project is to reduce traffic induced emissions and pollutants through reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These are expected to decrease by 5 to 25%, depending on local deployment configurations and applications bundling. The reduction of CO2 achieved by C-MobILE will also contribute to the mitigation of climate change.
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