The European Commission (EC) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) have agreed to initiate cooperation for the harmonisation of the Connected and Cooperative Vehicle architectures that will allow seamless and cross-border smart mobility services.
To guide this cooperation, during the ITS World Congress in Montreal, a ‘twinning agreement’ has been signed by representatives of both projects, Marcos Pillado, project Coordinator of C-MobILE and responsible for connected vehicles at Applus+ IDIADA and Cliff Heise, project manager of ITS architecture evolution and Vice President, Federal and Research at Iteris. The agreement will help the project teams reach a clear, shared understanding on the terms of the cooperation, the objectives and outputs to be pursued, and the nature of the teams’ plans for engagement and interaction.
On the one part, the EC project C-MobILE is adopting state-of-the-art technologies in terms of communication, road-side architecture, and service delivery concepts to define a reference architecture that is open yet secure, cross-border and interoperable, utilizing hybrid communication technologies. On the other part, the US National ITS Architecture Program is working in conjunction with the ITS standards and international architecture and standards cooperation programmes, to seek an efficient, interoperable, secure and cost-effective ITS infrastructure, connectivity (C-ITS) and automated vehicle deployments across North America.
While providing greater access to expertise, this agreement will result in an improved and harmonised reference architecture serving as a basis for the development of customised yet interoperable deployments. This agreement will also increase the international knowledge base and tools in a unified, collaborative manner to achieve harmonised results and maximise resource sharing.