Systems and services for the motorist

In the coming years motorists will have at their command a range of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Available to the driver of an intelligent vehicle will be support services and systems, such as:

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pre-trip: information and advice about time of departure, mode of transport and route

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navigation: real-time information about journey time and advice about route

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driving: systems to support or take over driving tasks

Following a period of intensive R&D, the first generation of systems and services is now becoming commercially available. These models have limited functionality and work in 'stand alone' mode. The development of the next generation will draw on experience in practice and benefit from progress in the technical possibilities. It will consist of integrated services and systems, which may well be able to communicate with the roadside and other cars, and will be capable of advanced interaction with the driver, having the ability to take account of driver preferences and motives.

High expectations rest on ITS, with governments and road operators expecting it to lead to a more efficient, safer and cleaner transport system. Users of this system face the prospect of faster and more reliable travel and, moreover, the use of ICT-based services. For industrial suppliers of vehicles and infrastructure ITS will trigger important product innovation and create opportunities for new products and services. It will only be possible to meet these expectations once sufficient insight exists into the issues surrounding application, such as the user perspective, the algorithms required for systems and services, an estimate of effects, the interaction between intelligent vehicles and intelligent infrastructure and traffic behaviour.