New services, new actors looming on the scenario, an entire Europe is now ready far beyond the starting blocks for the development of intelligent infrastructures, connected cars and (in perspective) autonomous vehicles that can facilitate sustainability, environmental protection, improving the quality of life and services for EU citizens with their cross-border or national journeys, providing the energy to revive the economy of Member States and create new jobs.
An excellent summary of the state of the art on traffic management and intelligent transport systems in Europe was carried out during the Forum that has just been held in Utrecht between last November 14th and 15th.
In the Dutch headquarters of the "Future Center" (RWS), institutional representatives, public and private operators and technical experts discussed the topic "Traffic Management in a changing world: Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures".
24 Member States involved through the Platform and the 5 European ITS corridors (Arc Atlantique, Crocodile, MedTIS, Next-ITS and Ursa Major) whose experts, in collaboration with the services of the European Commission, animated the debate on how the world of traffic management will be modified thanks to new technologies and capabilities they offer for connection, cooperation and automate vehicles; the traditional ITS systems more and more are changing skin being integrated by new Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems to make the cars able to communicate with the infrastructures even through the internet of things, or better an "internet of cars ". Everything will be connected: from traffic information, to road signs that can be replicated on the dashboard of the vehicle ensuring unprecedented effectiveness in traffic regulation measures. Thanks to sensors and vehicle communication devices, users will be able to exchange information in a structured way with any other object - fixed or mobile - along its own route, collecting as much information as possible, from traffic updates to the estimate of the optimum driving speed. A connected reality, a unified network of transport and communications to be made available to all road users. The goal of the European Union is to make our mobility more efficient, sustainable, safe and inclusive.
The Utrecht Forum was the way in which the European ITS Platform was able to collect the best European experiences, collaborating on this great project of a united Europe, a project on which many are committed and the European ITS Platform continue to be.
A previous article on LeStrade magazine was the opportunity to deliver the first information in the Forum to Italian speaking Experts in the field of roads. Increasing pace of change in Europe to manage the traffic of our future (Un nuovo ritmo dall’Europa per guidare il traffico del futuro): is the title of a new leading article published by the Italian magazine LeStrade in the issue of November 2018. The article takes the opinion of the European ITS platform concerning some of the key outcomes of the ITS forum 2018 (www.ITSforum2018.eu) targeting Italian Speaking experts.
If you can read Italian, please do not hesitate to download the article.