Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

The vision - Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Noticing traffic jams before you see them. Detecting risks before they become a threat. Arriving at your destination safe and sound. This vision of safe and intelligent mobility can be realised by wirelessly connected vehicles and infrastructure. In technical terms, it is achieved with so called Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS – also known as V2X communication for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication). Cooperative systems enable direct communication between vehicles, roadside infrastructure and traffic control centres. The benefits of V2X communication are numerous. It enables anticipatory and safe driving, as drivers are informed in advance about current traffic situations and danger zones. In addition traffic centres receive precise and comprehensive information from vehicles about the traffic situation. In this way, it is possible to control the traffic flow more minutely, efficiently and quickly, resulting in an improved flow of traffic. The effect: better safety, fewer accidents, improved use of the road network, less congestion and a decrease in CO2 emissions.

Intelligent mobility – beyond national borders

The basis for the pan-European deployment of cooperative ITS is already in place. The Cooperative ITS technology has been developed within research and development projects (R&D) and is evaluated in field operational tests (FOTs). The majority of the enabling technology is already standardised. The non-technical aspects (e.g. organisational structures, safety concept, legal aspects) are currently addressed in public private partnerships in preparation for the market launch. On this basis, road operators in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria will now start joint deployment of cooperative ITS in Europe, with partners from industry.

ECo-AT - the Austrian testbed for C-ITS

The major goal is to finalise technical and organisational harmonisation between industry partners and road operators before deploying C-ITS based services. The project ECo-AT consists of 2 phases: in the first phase cooperative services and systems will be specified and the solutions will be tested by industry, cities and road operators within the framework of a "Living-Lab". In the second phase of ECo-AT cooperative services and systems are realised by deploying them within the framework of a live operation.