Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the EU: Current Status and Prospects for the Future
MORELLO S, ISIS, France and PERRE'n" K, Transport Research Laboratory, UK
Over past five years, the European Commission and the Member States of the EU have provided over 93 million Euro in support to a considerable number of road traffic management projects aimed at deploying ITS under the Trans-European Network for Transport
Over past five years, the European Commission and the Member States of the EU have provided over 93 million Euro in support to a considerable number of road traffic management projects aimed at deploying ITS under the Trans-European Network for Transport structure. Similar levels of financial support are planned for the next five year period 2001-05.
At present, there is a patchwork of fragmented regional and national ITS services, rather than a homogeneous market. Based on a wide vision of ITS deployment throughout Europe, the TEN-T programme aims at establishing appropriate interconnection, intereperability and accessibility between services both on long-distance routes and in conurbation areas, providing an important step forward in implementation. This means avoiding missing links and promoting pan-European services.
As a means to assist the establishment of a variety of pan-Eurepean services, the European Commission has commissioned the ASSISTEN-T (ASSIStance to TEN-T) project to promote cross-fertilisation and convergence between TEN-T projects dealing with the deployment of ITS on the Trans-European Road Network. These TEN-T projects comprise some five Euro-Regional projects, four Europe-wide projects, and 15 national and regional projects.
The Assisten-T project will Promulgate the activities currently underway in several application domains (traffic monitoring, traffic centres and data exchange, cross-border traffic management plans, traveller information services, electronic fee collection, and freight and fleet management) with an emphasis on the convergence of ideas and practices and cross-border continuity of services.
This paper will describe the cross-fertilisation and convergence activities underway and provide insights to the current status and future prospects related to ITS deployment in the European Union.
Association for European Transport