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Intelligent Transport Systems, new ITS Directive published by the European Council

Nuova Direttiva ITS

In order to speed up the digital transition and smarter mobility in the European Union, on 30 November, the European Council published the new ITS Directive, a revision of Directive 2010/40/EU designed to serve as a framework for accelerating and coordinating the deployment and use of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) applied to road transport and its interfaces with other modes of transport, thus representing the framework for connecting vehicles, roads, resources and all those elements that increasingly become an IoT device.

While maintaining the ‘framework’ character of the 2010 ITS Directive and the possibility of various technical interventions through implementing and delegated acts, the new Directive takes into account the objectives of decarbonisation, digitisation and increased resilience of transport infrastructurereflecting technological developments such as connected and automated mobility, on-demand mobility applications and multimodal transport offerings. The directive therefore provides for an implementation programme covering at least the next five years, as well as a precise geographical extent of the road network for which re-usable data must be available as a basic requirement.

In addition, the new directive aims to accelerate the availability and improve the interoperability of digital data feeding services such as multimodal journey planners and navigation services. This will enable vehicles and road infrastructures to communicate with each other, for example to report unexpected events, such as a traffic jam. This will naturally also involvebenefits for transport users, including wider coverage of real-time information and more precise intelligent speed adaptation systems.

This is therefore an important and significant step towards the realisation of the Common European Mobility Data Space, which confirms the significant role of technology and the data economy in the progress of the mobility and transport sectors.

Within 24 months of its entry into force, i.e. by November 2026, Member States will therefore have to comply with the provisions of the new directive.

Source: TTS Italy