Summary discussion

The discussion at the end of the Seminar focused on the role of the different stakeholders, especially government, in the development and introduction of driver support systems. Most participants believed that there is an important role for both the Dutch and the European governments in this matter. The opinions differed on the question of how the government responsibilities were to be distributed, and precisely how these responsibilities had to be defined. On the other hand, some people questioned the fact that government should take the leading role in the introduction of driver support systems, and it was mentioned that industry could also take the lead in this matter.

One important aspect of the introduction of driver support systems is acceptance and deployment of new technologies. This could very well be done by local governments, with effect on a small (local) scale.

At the European level, emission reduction and traffic safety are the important issues. While introducing intelligent transport systems in all European states is a means to this end, focusing all attention on the southern European states (Spain, Portugal, etc.), and improving infrastructure and traffic safety in the most “problematic” places, could also bring about the very same effects. This means that there is no clear incentive for European leaders to choose only for the stimulation of ITS development and introduction.

Another incentive, for the consumer to buy and use driver support systems, is by introducing tax benefits. However, the beneficiary effects of technology or new behavior should first be proven, before these tax benefits can be used. Unfortunately, this means that in effect, giving tax benefits will in the near future only be a subject of discussion, not a concrete action plan.