The European Commission published its strategy for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) today, with a strong focus on consumers. C-ITS technologies could, through an efficient exchange of data, create flexible mobility services and enhance transport efficiency according to the Mobility as a Service concept. FIA Region I welcomes this approach, whereby users should be given the assurance that personal data is not a commodity and that they can effectively control how it is being used.
Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General, said: “The Commission has set out a positive way forward for C-ITS technologies. We hope to see concerted actions to execute the strategy. As deployment continues, respect for user data and consideration of Mobility as a Service must remain priorities.”
C-ITS should be rolled out for the benefit of society as a whole. As road safety advocate, FIA Region I supports a strong focus on road safety for early deployment, or “Day 1” requirements. These bring tangible consumer benefits and are more likely to increase user acceptance of these systems.
FIA Region I and its Mobility Clubs will continue to support the work of the Commission through the C-ITS Platform and the other fora so as to increase consumers’ awareness and accelerate the deployment of technology.
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Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)
These systems use dedicated short-range wireless systems to allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, traffic signals and roadside infrastructure. C-ITS improve the quality and reliability of information available to drivers about their immediate environment, other vehicles and road users.
About FIA Region I
The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 111 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, the FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com