A new communication from the EU-Commission “Sustainable future for transport: towards an integrated, technology-led and user-friendly system”, outlines the future of the European car industry. Of course Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and car automation are a part of the package. Increasingly the efficiency efforts move to a network infrastructural view:
44. Transport is a network industry that comprises several elements: infrastructure, nodes, transport vehicles and equipment, ICT applications related to the infrastructure and on-board, network services, and operational and administrative procedures. The ability to move people and goods effectively and efficiently relies primarily on the optimal functioning of all these elements in combination.
45. A better exploitation of the network’s capacity and of the relative strengths of each mode could contribute significantly to reducing congestion, emissions, pollution and accidents. This however requires the optimisation and operation of the network as a single entity, whereas currently modal networks are largely separated and even within modes there is a lack of integration between countries.
50. Technological innovation will be a major contributor to the solution of the transport challenges. New technologies will provide new and more comfortable services to passengers, increase safety and security and reduce the environmental impacts. “Soft infrastructures”, like intelligent transport systems for road (ITS) and traffic management systems for rail (ERTMS) and aviation (Single European Sky’s SESAR), backed by Galileo, can optimise the use of the network and improve safety; innovative vehicle technology can lower emissions, reduce oil dependency and increase comfort.
Integrated, technology-led and user-friendly, here the Commission takes an “engineering” view on the future of an industrial sector that is quite unusual in Europe and common in Asian markets.