In order to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the field of road transport, it is indispensable for our transport policy that the employment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) be accelerated. The focus here is on intelligent vehicle and road systems which can make road transport safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly because they are able to exchange information with each other.
Road transport does not stop at national borders. Therefore we are promoting the greater use of ITS and their interfaces with other modes of transport not only at a national but also at a European level. In the era of a common European market, well functioning intelligent transport systems require, not least, successful cooperation among the European partners.
Intelligent transport systems in a European context
For the above reasons, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure played an active part in creating an appropriate European legal framework for intelligent technologies by supporting the drawing up of Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport. This directive lays the foundation for the coordinated introduction of innovative transport technologies in the European Union and aims at the introduction of interoperable and efficient ITS services. At the same time, however, the decision in which systems to invest is to remain up to the individual Member States.
National ITS Action Plan for the Roads
Without a clear national strategy, Germany would not be able to cooperate constructively in the European process. With the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure acting as the lead agency, an advisory council consisting of federal ministries, federal states, local authorities, industry and trade associations developed a national ITS Action Plan for the Roads. This plan includes the interfaces with other modes of transport and covers the period to 2020. The ITS Action Plan was agreed with all participants and defines the approach to be adopted for the coordinated evolution of existing ITS and the accelerated deployment of new ITS to enhance road safety, improve transport efficiency and reduce the adverse environmental impact of transport. Currently, the focus is on private road transport and its interfaces with other modes of transport. The ITS Action Plan features a roadmap detailing the aims, responsibilities and stages of the individual measures.
In conjunction with the associated roadmap, the ITS Action Plan provides the foundation on which German proposals are to be brought forward at a European level. In the future, it will be essential that the Action Plan be continually updated. To this end, we are counting on the dedication and the creativity of all stakeholders for the development of innovative solutions. Federal states, local authorities and the industry, among others, are therefore invited to take on responsibility and, by means of their contributions, shape the future with pioneering spirit.