The C-ITS Platform achieves its first milestone towards connected and automated vehicles in the EU

The C-ITS Platform has released its Final Report on 21 January 2016. With this report, the C-ITS Platform has achieved its first milestone towards the deployment of connected and automated vehicles in the EU. The Commission will now prepare the Master Plan for the Deployment of C-ITS, to be ready by mid-2016, based on the recommendations of the platform.

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The C-ITS Platform, a cooperative framework to develop a shared vision on the interoperable deployment of C-ITS in the EU, has released its Final Report on 21 January 2016. With this report, the C-ITS Platform has achieved its first milestone towards the deployment of connected and automated vehicles in the EU. The Commission will now prepare the Master Plan for the Deployment of C-ITS, to be ready by mid-2016, based on the recommendations of the platform. The C-ITS Platform will accompany the deployment process with a special focus on the links between connectivity and automation, in particular in relation to infrastructure and road safety issues.

The C-ITS Platform was conceived as a cooperative framework including national authorities, C-ITS stakeholders and the Commission, in view to develop a shared vision on the interoperable deployment of C-ITS in the EU. Hence, it was expected to provide policy recommendations for the development of a roadmap and a deployment strategy for C-ITS in the EU and identify potential solutions to some critical cross-cutting issues.

The C-ITS platform has addressed the main technical (frequencies, hybrid communications, (cyber-)security and access to in-vehicle data and resources) and legal issues (such as liability, data protection and privacy). Regarding access to in-vehicle data and resources, the work of the Platform was also guided by the recent adoption of the eCall type-approval Regulation, which requests the Commission to “assess the need of requirements for an interoperable, standardised, secure and open-access platform”. The Platform also covered standardisation, cost benefit analysis, business models, public acceptance, road safety and other implementation topics, international cooperation, etc.