The EU Commission’s strategy aims at the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in 2019. What are the expected actions towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility?

That a coordinated and rapid deployment of cooperative and automated vehicles in road transport requires urgent EU action is rather obvious. Based on the work performed by a.o. the C-ITS Platform, the EU Commission therefore recently presented its strategy to ensure the coordinated deployment of C-ITS services in 2019.

  • Priorities for deployment of C-ITS servicesBased on a benefit cost ratio, the Commission gives priority to the deployment of C-ITS services relating to ‘hazardous location notifications’ (e.g. road works waring, emergency vehicle approaching, weather conditions, slow or stationary vehicle(s) ahead, etc.) and ‘signage applications’ (e.g. green light optimal speed advisory, signal-violation / intersection safety, etc.).

  • Security of C-ITS communicationsAs cyber-security of C-ITS communications is critical, the Commission steers the development of a common security and certificate policy for deployment and operation of C-ITS in Europe. Guidance on such policy will be published in 2017.

  • Privacy and data protection safeguardsData broadcast by C-ITS from vehicles will qualify as personal data. The publication of first guidance regarding data protection by design and by default related to C-ITS can be expected in 2018. The EU Commission emphasises that C-ITS deployment initiatives should demonstrate how using personal data can improve safety and efficiency of the transport system while ensuring compliance with data protection and privacy rules. A sector based data protection impact assessment template should be developed to be used when introducing new C-ITS services.

  • Interoperability at all levelsOn 12 December 2016 the official kick-off took place for the launch of the C-Roads Platform, a joint initiative of EU member states and road operators. This platform will link C-ITS deployment activities, jointly develop and share technical specifications and verify interoperability through cross-site testing.

  • Legal frameworkTo provide the right legal framework for these rapid technological developments and the complexity of the issues at stake, the EU Commission will consider using its mandate under the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU to adopt delegated acts by 2018 on a.o.:

    • Ensuring continuity of C-ITS services;

    • Laying down rules to ensure security of C-ITS communications;

    • Ensuring the practical implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in the area of C-ITS.

It is clear from the Commission’s strategy that interesting times for C-ITS are ahead. The L&L Automotive Team will closely follow-up on these developments.