7. Intelligent Transport Systems - Archived [11 June 2013]

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) offer a range of technology solutions to support delivery of the Government's future transport vision, helping to improve safety, reduce congestion and to bring environmental, economic and social benefits. The White Paper 'The Future of Transport - a network for 2030' highlights a commitment to encourage and enable greater adoption of technology. Specifically it talks about the development and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems as playing an important role in supporting delivery of road safety, congestion and other policy objectives. An ongoing project under this theme is Future Intelligent Transport Systems (FITS). FITS project is co-sponsored with the Technology Strategy Board and the EPSRC and includes three separate projects: Freeflow, Footlite and User Innovation. FITS's aim is to promote innovation by bringing together multidisciplinary consortia to develop innovative solutions to UK's transport problems. Three recently completed projects are ITS technical Framework, Electronic Vehicle Identification (EVI) and Co-operative Vehicle Highway Systems (CVHS). We have embarked on the first phase of a programme to develop and maintain the ITS Technical Framework for the road sector in the UK. The work to date comprises Phase 1 of the development of the Technical Framework. Under this phase, we worked with key stakeholders to discuss the high level aspirations and to define objectives and the scope for the Technical Framework. We have no current plans to carry out further work on the development of the Technical Framework. EVI Standards project has developed an international standard for Electronic Vehicle Identification, with the primary aim of ensuring that, if and when developed, systems from different manufacturers are fully interoperable. CVHS project has looked at the many benefits that have been predicted or claimed for systems that closely couple a vehicle and infrastructure. The project's aims were to investigate whether or not the benefits being claimed for CVHS were realistic, and to consider how far these benefits could help the Department deliver on it objectives and targets, and if so, to devise a strategy to take this forward.