Open up access to transport data, says the Commission

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, has called for further action in making transport data, such as real-time information about traffic jams and transport timetables or delays, more easily accessible. This is a crucial step in building a connected transport system spanning all modes of transport, where people, vehicles and transport infrastructure are continuously connected and interact.

The European Commission has released yesterday a report on the implementation of European legislation supporting the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (or ITS) in the field of road transport, and for interfaces with other modes of transport. This report is accompanied by a working document on the progress and review of the ITS Action Plan.

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said: “It is time to put the user at the centre of our transport policies. This goes not only through new and modernised infrastructure, but also through better information on the mobility choices and better integration of the different transport modes”.

These reports show the progress achieved in the implementation of the directive and action plan, with in particular several pieces of European legislation (e.g. eCall ( IP/14/438), road safety-related traffic information, information on truck parking ( IP/13/430)) already adopted in the areas of optimal use of transport data and road safety applications.

They also underline the need for further action at EU level, in particular as regards transport data and connectivity. Measures are needed especially to open up access to data for all transport modes and to facilitate their effective re-use.

For example, there are already many multimodal journey planners available in many European countries, regions or cities. However, the existing services remain very fragmented in geographical scope and coverage of transport means, often because of lack of access to good quality data. As regards connectivity, ‘cooperative systems’ which make it possible for vehicles to ‘talk’ to other vehicles and to the infrastructure or even other road users, have undeniable benefits in terms of safety and efficiency, they need now to be rolled out, and this requires the coordinated involvement of stakeholders from different industries and public sector actors.

Source: EU Commission


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