EurActiv.com by Catherine Stupp
SPECIAL REPORT / EU plans to digitise transport infrastructure to vehicle communication aim at a broad transformation of road, rail, air and maritime transit.
But disagreement over data sharing is keeping the commercial shipping industry from warming up to the European Commission's ambitions for the emerging technology.
The European Commission wants to step up intelligent transport systems (ITS) around the EU, essentially adding digital communication between vehicles and public authorities, as well as from vehicle to vehicle, in order to improve information sharing on traffic and vehicle conditions.
According to the executive, technology that communicates parking availability, travel routes, electronic toll collection, and other aspects of transport can cut down on congestion by five to fifteen percent. The executive also touts the safety benefits expected to emerge from intelligent transport, as an estimated five to fifteen percent drop in traffic-related fatalities and five to ten percent fewer injuries.
Commercial transport not ready
But industry groups say commercial transport isn't ready to fully embrace ITS the way the Commission might hope.