ITS * Activity Report

ITS Activity Report 2017

Chairman: Niels Peter Skov Andersen, Anemone Technology

Responsible for standardisation to support the development and implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) service provision across the network, for transport networks, vehicles and transport users, including interface aspects, multiple modes of transport and interoperability between systems

In many respects vehicles on our roads are already connected devices. However, in the very near future they will also interact directly with each other and with the road infrastructure through ‘Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems’ (C-ITS). C-ITS allow road users and traffic managers to share and use information and to co-ordinate their actions. C-ITS are expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and the comfort of driving, by helping the driver to take the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation. Communication between vehicles, infrastructure and other road users can also increase the safety of automated vehicles and their full integration into the overall transport system. 

In some countries, vehicles and C-ITS services are already available on the market. Several European Member States have started C-ITS deployment activities under real-life conditions through strategic alliances such as the European Union (EU) co-operative corridor linking Rotterdam in The Netherlands to Frankfurt in Germany and Vienna, Austria. In Europe, the target for the full-scale deployment of C-ITS enabled vehicles is 2019. But, for this to happen, co-ordination is urgently needed at the European level, and standardization has a key role to play in this.

With a high number of stakeholders involved and the potential need for a regulatory framework, deployment will be a very complex task. The European Commission (EC) therefore created a C-ITS Deployment Platform to bring the different parties together. The platform published its Phase 1 report in January 2016, which was followed in November that year by the publication of the EC European strategy on C-ITS. 

ETSI’s Intelligent Transport Systems committee (TC ITS) is helping to accelerate the introduction of ITS services and applications and to maximize their benefits by developing common European standards and technical specifications to enable interoperability. TC ITS is leading the drive to achieve international standards.

During 2017 we continued to fine-tune our ITS Release 1 standards in response to feedback from early deployments. Meanwhile, work during the year focused on pre-standardization studies for C-ITS Release 2 and preparation for automated driving. Release 2 addresses new features and functionalities anticipated in future systems to deal with more complex use cases and the interests of a larger group of stakeholders.
We continued development of a new Technical Report (TR) on the Collective Perception Service which will enable sensor information to be shared between road users so that, even when his or her own view is obscured, a driver can ‘see’, for example, pedestrians or older cars without C-ITS, which are visible to another driver.

We continued co-operation with our Electromagnetic Compatibility and Radio Spectrum Matters committee (TC ERM), making good progress in aligning Harmonised Standards for ITS and transport/traffic telematics systems with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). Work on further standards covering Dedicated Short Range Communication and ITS in the 60 GHz band was started.

We continued to address the spectrum needs of ITS, while developing a System Reference document on smart tachograph weight and dimension applications.

In October 2017, the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and ETSI TC ITS published the MirrorLink™ specification as an ETSI Technical Specification (TS) using our Publicly Available Specification (PAS) process. This open standard for smartphone-car connectivity allows smartphone apps to be projected on in-vehicle infotainment systems.