Objectives of Smart Forward
The C-ITS Corridor project is a partnership of road operators in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Together with industrial partners, the road authorities are working to introduce C-ITS services in Europe. The project has become an important building block for other international initiatives, contributing to standardisation, harmonisation and implementation of new cross-border services for international road users.
Wim Vossebelt in the book ‘Smart Forward’:”This is not about technology, an excuse often used. It is more about traditional market conditions, market players and governments clashing. That is the most difficult challenge! Finally, I really believe that international coordination is crucial, it cannot be done at country level.”
The Netherlands has adopted a step-by-step approach to the InterCor pilots, building on the work already carried out in the C-ITS Corridor project and other national projects.
The pilot activities can be seen as a process that grows from the first trials of ITS-G5 communication in 2016 to full pilot operation with all services with cellular and ITS-G5 communication in 2018/2019.
The pilot activities can be seen as a process that grows from initial trials of ITS-G5 communication in 2016 to a full pilot operation with all services with cellular and ITS-G5 communication in 2018/2019. In this step-by-step approach, additional services were gradually added over time.
This approach also allowed adapting to changes in (international) system specifications during the first years of the InterCor project and working in a “learning-by-doing” manner.
The C-ITS corridor project has completed the third phase of the project. The pilot operations.
An interesting booklet has been written about this phase: Smart Forward. You can read this book via the link.
It looks at the different test moments of the past 7 years. It describes the lessons-learned (over 400 in total).
In the book, Wim Vossebelt states on behalf of V-tron: “Understanding each other’s area of expertise, working together towards a common goal. This is not just the domain of the OEM or the road manager or the….
No, this project has shown that this transcends the traditional pillars. The biggest return for V-tron is undoubtedly the knowledge we gained in terms of integral collaboration, with parties we would not normally have as clients. This was really an opportunity for us to learn and gain insight into the challenges ahead.“
Wim Vossebelt: “Voor V-tron zijn de uitdagingen oneindig. De grootste uitdaging is echter om het Nederlandse wagenpark, bestaande uit nieuwere en oudere voertuigen, op een relatief gelijkwaardig niveau te houden. In our vision, drivers will still play an important role, but how will we support that role in such a way that we can help prevent mistakes? Even when older vehicles are involved!
Apart from the fact that road accidents cause human suffering, there is a loss of 14 billion euros a year. An unacceptable situation! The biggest challenge is to develop valuable services that drivers can understand and use.”