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The iCar Support Newsletter Issue 6, July – December 2012

In this issue... Table of Contents iCar Support: Farewell ......................................................................................................................... 2 iCar Support at the 19th ITS World Congress .................................................................................. 4 2012 iMobility Awards Winners and Ceremony........................................................................... 4 iCar Support Stand: Information Hub for Intelligent Mobility ..................................................... 6 19th ITS World Congress update ....................................................................................................... 7 2012 Outlook on iMobility Forum Working Group Activities .......................................................... 8 iMobility Forum Research & Innovation Working Group (R&IWG) ........................................... 9 iMobility Forum Working Group for Clean and Efficient Mobility (WG4CEM) ......................... 9 Digital Maps Working Group (DMWG).......................................................................................... 9 Business Models Working Group (BMWG)................................................................................ 10 Automation Working Group .......................................................................................................... 10 Legal Issues Working Group (LIWG) .......................................................................................... 10 Vulnerable Road Users Working Group (VRUWG) .................................................................. 10 Implementation Roadmap Working Group (IRMWG) ............................................................... 11 ICT technologies reduce emissions and congestion on roads............................................ 11 International Cooperation Working Group.................................................................................. 12 International Cooperation Workshops on ITS in China and Japan .................................... 12 International Cooperation Summit at ITS World Congress.................................................. 13 iMobility Forum Observers ................................................................................................................ 13 iMobility Challenge Kicks Off ............................................................................................................ 13 ITS Standardisation: towards the large scale deployment of ITS services in Europe ............. 14 eCall: Saving Lives in Europe .......................................................................................................... 16 European eCall Implementation Platform Activities .................................................................. 17 First UK eCall Technical Workshop ............................................................................................ 17 First HeERO International Conference ....................................................................................... 18 HeERO 2 Kicks Off 1 January 2013............................................................................................ 18

iCar Support: Farewell In November 2012, iCar Support finalised its activities and gave way to its successor iMobility Support. After three years spent supporting the implementation of actions and recommendations resulting from the work of the iMobility Forum and the Intelligent Car Initiative, iCar Support has come to an end. But it is the closure of a only small chapter of thist long success story, which will carry on as of 1 January 2013 with iMobility Support. In the beginning came the eSafety Initiative, launched by the European Commission in 2002 as a tool to act upon the white paper 'European transport policy for 2010: time to decide' published in 2001. Its starting point was the idea that modern information and communication technologies (ICT) could make an important and novel contribution to road traffic safety and to the reduction in road fatalities. The Commission therefore convened all relevant road safety stakeholders (road operators, the automotive industry, emergency services, telecom service providers) to accelerate the deployment of these safety systems, and to get support for further scientific research on them. The forum was named eSafety Forum: its main aim was to contribute to the European Commission's 2001 goal of halving the number of fatalities on Europe's roads by 2010. Following up on that, the eScope project (January 2004 – December 2005) was a Specific Support Action that supported the eSafety initiative by establishing an "eSafety Observatory". eScope monitored and encouraged eSafety Forum progress and activities and served as an easily accessible and up-to-date resource for information on priority eSafety topics. eSafety Support (January 2006 – September 2009) thereafter succeeded to eScope and in its turn stimulated and monitored the activities, progress and results generated by the eSafety initiative by offering support to the eSafety Forum and its Working Groups, and by disseminating results to all stakeholders. After years of social change that took into account traffic-related environmental issues such as fuel efficiency and reduction in pollutant exhausts to the same level of importance as traffic safety, the eSafety Initiative became part of the Commission's new Intelligent Car Initiative. It aimed at better interlinking the expertise provided by the eSafety Forum with ICT transport research conducted under the 7th Framework Programme, and at fostering awareness-raising activities for these new safety systems. After 10 fruitful years, the eSafety Forum not only took into account changes in the policy and social framework, but also changed its name to reflect its field of work and include ICT systems for resource-efficient and clean mobility in addition to ICT-based safety technologies: the iMobility Forum was born.


Transition from eSafety to iMobility and its supporting actions

Succeeding to eSafety Support, a new support action was launched in 2009: iCar Support (December 2009 to November 2012). iCar Support focussed on supporting the implementation of actions and recommendations resulting from the work of the iMobility Forum and the Intelligent Car Initiative. This includes support to the iMobility Forum and its constituencies (including its Steering Group, Working Groups and Task Forces), strengthening the iMobility Forum cooperation among stakeholders, supporting the development of the Implementation Road Map for all iMobility Forum systems, contributing to the implementation process of the European eCall system by supporting the European eCall Implementation Platform, and supporting the i2010 initiative and in particular the activities dealing with user outreach and deployment of smarter, safer and cleaner vehicles in the future. The Intelligent Car initiative has now come to an end and is followed by a new initiative: the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). The DAE defines the key role of ICT to enable Europe to succeed in its ambitions for 2020. Within this area, actions 92 to 95 of the Digital Agenda refer to transport. In particular, Action 92: Increase the speed of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) take-up, in particular for road and urban transport, by applying the proposed ITS Directive in support of interoperability and rapid standardisation. Therefore, in line with the DAE, iMobility Support will succeed to iCar Support and kick off its activities on 1 January 2013. iMobility Support will support the deployment of intelligent mobility in Europe by coordinating iMobility Forum activities, including stakeholder networking, deployment support, awareness raising and dissemination of results. It will actively support all the constituencies of the iMobility Forum and therefore ensure the continuity of the work initiated by its predecessor. Further information can be found on


iCar Support at the 19th ITS World Congress 2012 iMobility Awards Winners and Ceremony The second edition of the iMobility Awards Ceremony was held in October 2012, on the occasion of the 19th ITS World Congress in Vienna (Austria). Neelie Kroes, VicePresident of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, presented this year’s iMobility Award Ceremony and handed over the Award certificates. Ms Kroes underlined, “the iMobility Awards are the perfect occasion to introduce to the ITS World Congress delegates those who have been recognised by the ITS community as paving the way to the mobility of the future.” The iMobility Forum Awards aim to reward excellence in ITS implementation and deployment in Europe. For 3 months, the names of 11 nominees were up for online voting in the following categories: Industry and Technology, Policy, and National/Local ITS Implementation. In the industry/technology category, TNO - represented by Joëlle van den Broek were recognised for their work in creating, testing and realising new transport solutions to make mobility cleaner, safer and more reliable. In particular, TNO’s work, together with 20 other companies, on the Dutch Integrated Test site for Cooperative Mobility (DITCM), one of Europe’s première field labs for cooperative mobility, was instrumental in securing the award. Thanking the iMobility Forum for the award, Mrs van den Broek said, “We would like to share our way of working with the rest of Europe, to build a European ecosystem in SmartMobility in an open innovation setting.” In the policy category, the European Commission - represented by Emilio Dávila González, Project Officer (eCall), DG CONNECT - was rewarded for its vision and work in bringing the eCall initiative to life. The European Commission has been instrumental in successfully promoting and creating a Europe-wide range of stakeholders working with one vision - that of making eCall available in all vehicles in Europe, with a service working seamlessly wherever the vehicle is, home or abroad. Mr González said, “I would like to thank the iMobility Community for this honour.” Paying tribute to his colleagues, past and present, in DG Connect, and Commissioners Reading and Kroes, Mr González stressed, “It is not just the Commission. If we have progressed in the deployment of eCall, it is because many stakeholders have worked together.” In the national/local category, the Austrian motorway company ASFINAG represented by its CTO Bernd Datler - were recognised for their work on cooperative as well as co-modal transport services, demonstrating user orientation and technical feasibility. A key component in this success was the setting up of a dedicated 18 strong team of experts specialised in bridging the gap between research, development and full-scale deployment. Mr. Datler strongly recommended to other countries that they “encourage parties to start projects like these with some sort of public co-funding. I think this is a critical factor to make major achievements in the ITS field.”


A special, discretionary, iMobility Award was given by Mrs Kroes to Jean-Pierre Medevielle, Deputy General Director of IFSTTAR (the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks) in recognition of his dedication throughout his working life to transport and intelligent mobility. As Mrs Kroes pointed out, “Mr Médevielle committed to ITS before the name even existed” when he participated in the ESPRIT programme more than 30 years ago.

From left to right: Hermann Meyer (ERTICO – ITS Europe, co-chair of the iMobility Forum), Emilio Dávila González (European Commission DG CONNECT), Jean-Pierre Médevielle (IFSTTAR), Berd Datler (ASFINAG), Joëlle van den Broek (TNO), and Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.

Joëlle van den Broek (TNO) receives the 2012 Industry/Technology Award.

Emilio Dávila González (European Commission DG CONNECT) receives the 2012 Policy Award.

Bernd Datler (ASFINAG) receives the 2012 National/Local Implementation Award

Jean-Pierre Médevielle (IFSTTAR) receives the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award


iCar Support Stand: Information Hub for Intelligent Mobility From 23 to 26 October 2012, the iMobility Forum stand hosted its ‘Let’s Lunch’ and coffee break sessions. Whilst enjoying viennese pastries and complimentary lunch, visitors had the opportunity to discuss with iMobility Forum Working Group representatives the latest achievements and challenges in European mobility.

All through the week, the iCar Support stand hosted iMobility Forum Working Group sessions.


Tuesday 23/10/2012


Implementation Road Maps WG Research & Innovation WG session



Automation WG

Wednesday 24/10/2012 eCoMove project ICT for Clean and Eficient Mobility WG session smartCEM pilot

Thursday 25/10/2012

Friday 26/10/2012

iCar Support Standardisation session Digital Maps WG session


FOTNET 2 project


Vulnerable Road Users WG session

Moreover other EC co-funded projects - namely HeERO, Instant Mobility and CityLog – were invited to display their innovative research, development and implementation results, as well as to disseminate project relevant information on ITS to a wide audience. All week long, demonstrations by European projects introduced the latest technological developments in ITS, and project presentations further introduced the challenges ahead.

eCall equipped car exhibited on iCar Support stand

HeERO project partners (Italian HeERO pilot site and CINTERION a Gemalto Company) demonstrated how EU eCall works with the exhibition of a real eCall equipped car, HeERO 1 and HeERO 2 EU eCall compliant IVS solutions and through demonstrations of regular 112 EU eCall and 112 EU eCall in the so-called dormant mode – where the device connects to the mobile network only in case of a 112 EU eCall, based on the usage of a dormant MIM (MIM = automotive grade SIM).


19th ITS World Congress update During one week the 19th ITS World Congress showcased the latest developments within the field of Intelligent Transport Systems to an expert audience and also to the public at large. Doris Bures, Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, on whose initiative the ITS World Congress took place in Vienna for the first time, summarises positively: “The ITS Vienna 2012 ultimately marks the evolvution from a purely scientific congress into an event that shows actual products and renders the benefits of new developments visible.” The development phase of new traffic technologies is finished – “they are about to make the step from the laboratory to the street.” With more than 10,000 participants from 91 countries the 19th ITS World Congress set a new record in the number of visitors. With 2,000 attendees (and only 1,600 seats), the Opening Ceremony on the first day of the congress was already more than well-frequented. 2,677 delegates from 60 nations attended ITS Vienna 2012 in total. Among all congress participants 2,090 women were present, which amounts to a share of 21 percent. The Public Day attracted about 2,500 visitors and rasied interest among students: over 900 children and adolescents, ranging from primary school to senior classes, participated in the guided tours across the congress venue to discover the exhibition and the demonstration programmes. The media also showed a high level of interest in The 19th ITS World Congress attracted over ten thousand ITS Vienna 2012 and dispatched 183 participants journalists in total. Austrian companies contributed to 15 projects of the demo programme. Out of 23 technical demonstrations, eight took place in real traffic conditions in Vienna. This emphasises the acknowledgement of ITS as being ready for deployment. The whole demonstration programme was centrally organised by AustriaTech, which caused a lot of positive feedback and promises to be regarded as a new best-practice for future congresses. Overall, 2,480 demos were conducted, with 550 people already participating on the first day. The exhibition featured 304 companies and ventures from 25 nations, showcasing their visions about future mobility. Over 4,500 exhibition visitors made use of this diversity. The exhibition staff involved 2,400 people in total who knew very well how to competently inform visitors about their activities in ITS. The 19th ITS World Congress in Austria was the first to feature a Ministerial Round Table with a top-class political cast: apart from Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, the German transport minister Peter Ramsauer, ten


international ministers, four vice-ministers and two state secretaries participated in the political discussion under the direction of Doris Bures, Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology. They commonly declared to force the deployment of ITS and to strongly integrate the outcomes of future ITS World Congresses into the structure of political frameworks. In conjunction with the ITS world Congress, the European Commission ITS Conference, took place on the 22 October in Vienna. The conference was opened by Mr Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport, and featured discussion on the results of the ITS Action Plan, and a presentation on the the status of the implementation of the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU. The ITS Conference brought together representatives from the European institutions and key stakeholders from the public and private sectors of the ITS community.

2012 Outlook on iMobility Forum Working Group Activities In 2012, over 30 Working Group meetings were organised, showing the Working Group members’ commitment to the iMobility Forum’s objectives. The ten Working Groups (WG) of the Forum focus specifically either on horizontal issues such as research and innovation, legal issues and business models, or on thematic or vertical issues such as vulnerable road users, automation and clean and efficient mobility.


iMobility Forum Research & Innovation Working Group (R&IWG) The Forums' permanent Working Group is in charge of preparing, delivering and updating the Strategic Research Agenda in the area of ICT for Smart, Clean and Efficient Mobility and Transport of Goods and People. The Working Group, under the chairmanship of Alessandro Coda (EUCAR), is committed to identifying common medium- and long-term Research and Innovation priorities and roadmaps, and to formulating a set of recommendations on future research in the area of ICT for mobility.

iMobility Forum Working Group for Clean and Efficient Mobility (WG4CEM) WG4CEM is under the chairmanship of CEDR/Rijkswaterstaat DVS (Centre for Transport and Navigation) and FIA – European Bureau. WG4CEM focusses on eco-driving, eco-mobility service, ecoinformation, navigation and guidance, eco-traffic and urban traffic management, eco-demand and access management, and eco-freight and logistics management. The WG is working to compile a first ranking of systems and techniques according to certain criteria; for instance, the potential for CO2 emission reductions, readiness for Paul van der Kroon implementation and ease of implementation. The next (CEDR/Rijkswaterstaat DVS) co-chair of WG4CEM challenges will consists in analysing the value of the data gathered, ranking the measures or packages of measures, and then developing business cases for different traffic scenarios which provide an effective combination of systems, techniques and political measures in real test environments. The next milestones of the WG are to determine business cases and assign promising measures as deemed appropriate.

Digital Maps Working Group (DMWG) DMWG is co-chaired by Trafikverket, Tomtom and NOKIA L&C. The objectives of DMWG are to advise and validate the current efforts to establish an independent implementation platform for the exchange of public ITS map data between public authorities and map makers, on the basis of the ROSATTE framework. The WG output shall be the establishment of the ROSATTE Implementation Platform (RIP); i.e. a suitable collaborative framework to exchange ITS map data between PA ‘Public Authorities’ and MM ‘Map Makers / Map data providers’. The Working Group’s work contributes to the implementation of actions 1.2 on “Availability and access to road data” and 1.3 on Anna Johansson-Jacques (Swedish “Availability of accurate public data for digital maps” Transport Administration) co-chair of of the ITS Action Plan. For the moment 22 letters of DMWG


support have been collected for the establishment of the ROSATTE Implementation Platform. The next steps are to finalise its memorandum of understanding.

Business Models Working Group (BMWG)

Natalino Curci (Autostrade Italia), Business Models WG co-chair

The Business Models Working Group, co-chaired by Autostrade Italia and TNO, is currently working on the selection of a business modelling framework for the provision of co-operative mobility services on an open service market. BMWG is currently working on the selection of a business modelling method, as well as on drafting and agreeing upon a business modelling framework with WG4CEM, and on providing a common framework for other WGs and projects.

Automation Working Group The Automation Working Group is represented by its chairs TNO (on behalf of ERTICO research platform) and VOLVO. The main achievements of this group are the definition of different levels of automation: 10 explanatory use-cases with different levels of automation and requirements have been defined, a rough first map of automation applications has been developed, followed by a workshop entitled ‘Towards an Integrated Roadmap’ in November. The aim is to finalise the roadmap in February 2013.

Legal Issues Working Group (LIWG) As a horizontal WG, the Legal Issues WG (co-chaired by ADAC and FIA) aims at analysing legal and liability issues related to ITS technologies, taking into account legal issues that other iMobility Forum WGs have identified, defining its legal opinion on these topics, and establishing recommendations to facilitate the market introduction of ITS technologies. In the future, the WG will work on the release of its interim report under the headings of liability issues, privacy and data protection, case studies and horizontal activities. The activity of the Working Group will provide specific input to the ITS Action Plan – in particular, to Action 5.1 (which aims at assessing the importance of data protection and privacy aspects when promoting ITS applications and services) and Action 5.2 addressing the liability issues pertaining to the use of ITS applications with specific regard to in-vehicle intelligent systems.

Vulnerable Road Users Working Group (VRUWG) The Vulnerable Road Users WG aims at improving the safety of VRU’s (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists) and at defining recommendations and guidelines to achieve this target. VRUWG activities are implemented in four phases under the supervision


of the WG chairs, CERTH and CLEPA. Phase I focusses on the analysis of knowhow, background data and current market and near-market solutions/ trends. Phase II aims at analysing the most significant studies, researches, projects and field studies involving new concepts on VRU safety. Phase III will analyse user needs and their requirements stemming from the identification of research gaps and priorities for future research initiatives. Finally, Phase IV will promote the identified solutions, and contribute to VRU safety-related objectives and targets set by the “Horizon 2020” work-programmes. Currently, the WG activities focus on Phase I.

Implementation Roadmap Working Group (IRMWG) Amongst the iMobility Forum Working Groups, the long-standing Implementation Roadmap WG follows on the Forum recommendation to develop and maintain implementation roadmaps for the deployment of priority systems and services. Priority systems are ITS systems selected by the iMobility Forum (both at infrastructure and vehicle level) which are on or very close to the market. As there are numerous ITS systems, one of the WG’s tasks is to find ways to assess the status of deployment of this new market, through reports or studies. The Implementation Roadmap chairs DEKRA and FTA identify strategic plans describing the steps that ought to be taken by market stakeholders (in line with the Digital Agenda for Europe and the White Paper on Transport), towards Hans-Jürgen Mäurer (DEKRA) the deployment of 40 iMobility priority systems and co-chair of the Implementation Road Map Working Group services on European roads. ICT technologies reduce emissions and congestion on roads Results of a recent study indicate that intelligent transport systems (ITS) applications such as eco-driving support and eco-driving coaching have potential to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by about 3-11% on European roads. The results also indicate that several applications such as lane keeping support, speed alert and automatic emergency braking have potential to reduce travel times and mitigate congestion, in addition to their considerable safety benefits. Lane keeping support was estimated to reduce travel times on European roads by 0.37-1.25% on average, if fully deployed in EU27 countries. Smaller reductions were estimated for speed alert (1.1-1.7% for urban roads and 0.5-1.0% for rural roads) and emergency braking (0.3-0.7% reduction of congestion costs in Europe). Dynamic traffic management systems have also been found to be effective tools in reducing emissions and congestion. Hard shoulder running has been estimated to reduce travel times up to 26% in certain conditions and locations and energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 4%. Ramp metering was also found to reduce average travel times by 4-35% in the sites evaluated. The results are based on a literature study and expert assessments carried out in 2012. The analyses were carried out for iMobility priority applications which are


expected to offer most potential to improve safety, reduce congestion, and reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The priority applications and their most likely impacts in Europe have been documented in the iMobility Implementation Road Map published by the Implementation Road Maps Working Group of the iMobility Forum. The current knowledge on the impacts of the priority systems is also available on

International Cooperation Working Group Last but not least, the International Cooperation Working Group aims at supporting “inter-continental” co-operation, focusing on the global harmonisation and standardisation of cooperative systems, enhancing the tri-lateral EU-US-Japan cooperation through increased support to government-industry cooperation of the three regions, and extending the cooperation with the aim of creating a world-wide forum. Lead by European Commission DG CONNECT and ERTICO – ITS EUROPE, the WG has been very successful in 2012 in organising two international workshops in China and Japan, and an International Summit during the ITS world Congress in Austria. International Cooperation Workshops on ITS in China and Japan A successful EU-China cooperation Workshop on ITS took place in Beijing (China) on 11 May 2012, attracting about 50 people from both the European and Chinese governments and industry. The workshop focussed on smart mobility services, energy efficiency and harmonisation of standards in the context of the EU-China Information Society dialogue between the European Commission DG INFSO and the Chinese Ministry of Transport.

The EU-China cooperation workshop focussed on smart mobility services, energy efficiency and harmonisation of standards.

A visit of the Tokyo Expressway Control Centre and a demonstration of the SPOT system were organised.

The EU and Japan continued their successful cooperation in Tokyo on 14-15 May. The visit of European Commission, European government and industry representatives which was organised in the framework of the MoC signed last year between the EC and MLIT Japan included a technical visit of the Tokyo Expressway Control Centre and a demonstration of the SPOT system – the first deployment of cooperative systems in the world – on 14 May, and a workshop on ITS cooperation


on 15 May. The workshop attracted over 50 participants and focussed on standardisation, energy efficiency and probe data. International Cooperation Summit at ITS World Congress The International Cooperation Summit was held on 25 October 2012, on the occasion of the 19th ITS World Congress in Vienna. It gathered globally renowned experts from the Americas, Asia and Europe to discuss on recent developments in smart mobility applications and their deployment. The Summit focussed on international cooperation opportunities on cooperative systems based on V2X communications, their role in urban mobility, and eCall. The value of probe data in assessing the impact of mobility applications and the role of transport corridors for sustainable transport systems were also addressed.

iMobility Forum Observers The iMobility Forum’s focus also encompasses the activities of the iMobility Observers Network, a panel of representatives selected from the EU Member States and ITS National Associations who report to the EC about their national iMobility activities. The Observers are actively involved in national industry, policy or R&D activities, and are acknowledged experts in their domain or sector. The third meeting of the iMobility Observers Network took place in Brussels in June 2012, when the Observers discussed the topics of eCall, intelligent truck parking and liability issues.

iMobility Challenge Kicks Off iMobility Challenge, a new EU project which will demonstrate the benefits of safe, smart and clean mobility through new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions, kicked off at the FIA Region I office in Brussels on 11 October 2012. iMobility Challenge has a budget of €1.5m and runs from 1 October 2012 – 30 September 2014. “We are very excited to participate in the iMobility Challenge consortium. Through iMobility Challenge, we can make important steps towards realising ITS to the benefit of end-users, decision-makers, the research community and industry”, said Hermann Meyer, ERTICO CEO. “The iMobility Challenge will help to bring safer, smarter and cleaner mobility solutions to European citizens” said FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard. “The European Commission’s goal for our mobility sector of zero accidents, zero delays, and zero environmental impact, can be achieved if we use intelligent mobility solutions effectively.”


The project will support the European Commission’s iMobility Forum ambitious goals for ITS for the period 2011 to 2020 through demonstrations targeted at the public, professionals, and decision-makers. These goals include: • • • • •

A 30% reduction in the number of fatalities across Europe A 30% reduction in the number of seriously injured persons across Europe A 15% reduction of road traffic related congestion A 20% improvement in energy-efficiency A 50% increase in the availability of real time traffic and travel information

The iMobility Challenge will deploy the appeal of celebrity motorsport drivers to reach public audiences, whilst also offering the public the opportunity to test drive new systems for themselves. Further goals of the project include user awareness campaigns, support studies documenting the socioeconomic impact and benefits of iMobility systems, and the provision of basic training to users through awareness events.

ITS Standardisation: towards the large scale deployment of ITS services in Europe Standardisation whether it is national, European or international has been a key factor of deployment of products and services for centuries. Standards facilitate the deployment and interoperability of products, and act as business facilitators to develop sustainable solutions on a global scale. The same principle is applicable for Intelligent Transport Systems and Services: with high quality, globally accepted and available standards, ITS solutions become quickly available for a large audience, resulting in sustainable, safe, ecological road (and intermodal) transportation – one of today's biggest challenges. In 2012 iCar Support developed its standardisation questionnaire with the support of the European Commission (DG CONNECT, DG MOVE, and DG ENT). The survey was published on the iCar Support website in March 2012 and was closed midSeptember 2012. The main objective of the online questionnaire was to investigate the views of ITS stakeholders on ITS standardisation at European and global level. The link between ITS standards and EU co-funded projects was also investigated in order to understand what the needs are in terms of standard accessibility and development. In addition to this, the report focuses on how the different standardisation bodies (SDOs) are viewed by stakeholders in terms of development participation, development process timing and transparency. A total of 106 answers were collected and analysed by the iCar Support team. The major outcome of the survey is how the ITS stakeholders (and EU co-funded project participants) view the ITS standards development, what the weak and strong points of the different standardisation organisations are, how standardisation could be improved and integrated in the European project environment, but also how the


standardisation work could be improved and in which context new standards are needed to support ITS deployment. In general the answers gathered identified the lengthy procedures and the difficult participation in the work of the SDOs. One of the major challenge is to shorten the development of ITS standards whilst respecting the consensus driven procedure. Access to SDOs should also be facilitated for stakeholders who are currently unable to participate in standardisation due to the lack of resources or funding. On the other hand it is clear that a link should be established between ITS standardisation and EU co-funded projects. More standardisation related tasks should be included in their description of work in order to provide requirements, specifications, feedback and resources with the aim to initiate, develop, maintain and revise ITS standards. It is important to disseminate the work and the results of non European standardisation organisation as the global cooperation and harmonisation of standards depend on these organisations.

A clear majority of stakeholders view ITS standards as being (highly) relevant to their projects

Global cooperation on ITS standards is deemed important by ITS stakeholders

The survey also reveals the need for cooperation between the European ITS projects and project participants (mainly research institutes), and the standardisation organisations. The survey did not analyse the impact of the business models of the different SDOs but the requirement of the stakeholders is clear: projects desperately need free access to the standards to be implemented and evaluated. Moreover global cooperation on ITS standards was warmly welcomed and its followup and/or extension seems to have the support of ITS stakeholders. The EU-USJapan cooperation represents an appropriate basis to discuss global standardisation, but discussion between SDOs is deemed more important to avoid incoherent work in the simple standard development, as well as in the case of mandated work. The European support actions – such as iCar Support – covering ITS standardisation are seen as useful platforms to provide additional value to the initiatives of the European Commission's standardisation mandates, and represent independent dissemination and support tools. In fact, dissemination activities


informing a wider range of stakeholders seems to be insufficient today: there is an obvious need to give more detailed information about the ongoing activities and the future plans on ITS standardisation. Experts with different backgrounds are needed to cover the identified non-technical standardisation needs: first to develop the requirement specification, and then to address these requirements by developing the missing standards under the umbrella of the competent SDO(s). No one mentioned the business aspects of the standardisation work, but it is obvious that ITS services will be deployed once valid and sustainable business models will be available for them.

“Is there a need for additional standards to be developed in relation to your project?”

Finally, one can conclude that the standardisation work still focusses on technical standards, but it is time that the additional needs of stakeholders are taken into accoung in order to ensure the large scale deployment of ITS services in Europe.

eCall: Saving Lives in Europe One of the most important achievements this year was the European Parliament's support to the introduction of eCall. The European Parliament has urged the Commission to propose legislative measures to ensure that all new cars be fitted with eCall devices by 2015, in order to automatically alert rescue services of road crashes by use of the 112 public emergency call system. On 17 July 2012 the European Commission launched a “Consultation of the European ITS Advisory Group on draft specifications as regards harmonised provisions for an interoperable EU-wide eCall” with the objective to receive expert feedback on the technical and commercial aspects related to these specifications.


The related working paper will include the results of all consultations and will constitute the basis for the Commission Delegated Act.

European eCall Implementation Platform Activities The European eCall Implementation Platform (EeIP) plays an essential role within the iMobility Forum. The role of the European Commission as chair of the EeIP platform is to support the rollout of eCall throughout Europe, by supporting research and cooperation between EU countries and industry on the standards involved, and between EU countries on the rules that will govern its use. The 8th meeting of the European eCall Implementation Platform took place in Brussels on 3 May 2012, where the signature of the eCall MoU by Turkey was announced. The results of the reports received by Member States on the implementation of the eCall Recommendation were also presented. What’s more the recent developments on eCall specifications were discussed under the ITS Directive, together with the plan for the approval of the specifications for the PSAPs by the end of 2012 and the next meetings of the ITS Committee. Presentation on HeERO 1 and HeERO 2 and the status of eCall standardisation were also on the agenda. The 9th eCall implementation platform meeting took place in Brussels on 22 November 2012: it provided an overview of the EC progress with regard to regulatory actions, the status of eCall standardisation, as well as the HeERO 1 and HeERO 2 projects, task forces and national implementation programmes.

First UK eCall Technical Workshop

A live eCall demonstration was performed on the MIRA test tracks.

On 15 October 2012, innovITS Advance, ERTICO - ITS Europe, and ITS-UK held the first UK eCall Technical Workshop at the innovITS Advance facility. The purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness on the current status of eCall technological development. Attendees received the current information on this Priority Action of the EU's ITS Directive and were invited to discuss the future of eCall within this context.

Presenters at the technical workshop included relevant industrial partners, PSAP operators and European Commission representatives as well as other interested parties, with invitations being sent to a range of high-level participants whose input was of great added-value to the workshop and its conclusions. During the day, participants were invited to take part in a live eCall demonstration on the MIRA test tracks. The audience therefore had a chance to see the ‘behind-thescenes’ of eCall and were most impressed by the state-of-the-art technology and rapidity with which the call was issued and treated.


First HeERO International Conference On 15 November, the first HeERO International Conference on eCall, a new telecommunications service aiming to enhance road and general safety, offered an exclusive insight on the intermediate results of the HeERO (Harmonised eCall European Pilot) project, the outcomes of the interoperability testing in nine countries and recommendations for implementing eCall at European level. Since January 2011, the nine pilot sites (Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden) forming the HeERO consortium have carried out a three-year programme leading to the deployment of a Pan European in-vehicle emergency call. The eCall system is based on the common European Emergency number 112 and the European Commission recommends its mandatory implementation in all Member States by 2015. Olga Sehnalova, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on "eCall: a new 112 service for citizens" Report stated: "I fully support the intensive work done within the HeERO project which we also expressed in the European Parliament Report on the eCall. Close cooperation among all the stakeholders involved, in particular on the pilot cross-border authentication of eCall, is an essential step to path the way for mandatory implementation of the system in all MEP Olga Sehnalova gives introductory speech at HeERO International Conference the Member States in 2015. This is the one goal ahead of us as eCall could save 2500 lives every year." The 200 participants from emergency services, European and national public authorities, mobile network operators and industry representatives also witnessed a live eCall demonstration in Croatia via a videoconference. The demo showed how an eCall triggered by various manufacturers from the Czeck Republic, Italy, Romania, Sweden and Croatia can be activated and received by the 112 system in the National Protection and Rescue Directorate in Zagreb. The first HeERO International Conference on eCall was organised by the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (NPRD) Croatia, ERTICO - ITS Europe, and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA).

HeERO 2 Kicks Off 1 January 2013 HeERO 2 has successfully passed the negotiation phase and is anticipated to start 1 January 2013. HeERO 2, like HeERO phase 1, addresses the pan-European invehicle emergency call service “eCall� based on 112/E112, the single European Emergency number. The in-vehicle eCall is an emergency call generated either manually by vehicle occupants or automatically via activation of in-vehicle sensors.


When activated, the invehicle eCall system will establish a voice connection directly with the relevant PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point), this being either a public or a private eCall emergency centre operating under the regulation and/or authorisation of a public body. At the same time, a minimum set of incident data (MDS) will be sent to the PSAP operator receiving the voice call. The eCall service will use the common European standards defined by ETSI and CEN. The phase 2 pilot will base its work on the state-of theart analysis carried out during phase 1 by the nine HeERO pilot countries and associated partners HeERO 1 Member States. Based on the analysis’ results an implementation plan will be prepared for each country to guide the service implementation and testing. Similarly training manuals for the operators will be prepared for the handling of eCall emergency situations. These overall pilot outcomes will be combined with the ones from HeERO Phase 1 pilots in an update of the final recommendations for Call Deployment in Europe. In terms of specific eCall standards interfaces and protocols which will result from the pilot, these results will be transferred to the European Standards Organisations (ESO) already involved with eCall standards (CEN and ETSI) to allow finalisation of the eCall standardisation process. These specifications will also be disseminated to the eCall stakeholders not participating directly in the pilot through the European eCall Implementation Platform.



iCar Support Newsletter November 2012  

iCar Support Newsletter November 2012

iCar Support Newsletter November 2012  

iCar Support Newsletter November 2012