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C-ROADS France

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Network corridors
Project website
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out
Transport sectors
Passenger transport



Being a part of Intelligent Transport Systems, cooperative ITS (C-ITS or cooperative systems) encompass a group of technologies and applications that allow effective data exchange through wireless communication technologies between components and actors of the transport system, very often between vehicles (vehicle-to-vehicle or V2V) or between vehicles and infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure or V2I).

The deployment of C-ITS is an evolutionary process that will start with the less complex use cases. These are referred to as “Day-1-services”, encompassing messages about traffic jams, hazardous locations, road-works and slow or stationary vehicles, as well as weather information and speed advises to harmonise traffic. Using probe vehicle and infrastructure-related data, all C-ITS services shall be transmitted directly into the vehicles in a way that allows users to get informed but not distracted. The deployment of C-ITS faces many important issues still unresolved, such as legal, organisational, administrative, governing aspects, technical and standardisation issues as well as implementation and procurement issues.

C-Roads is a platform of Member States working on the deployment of harmonised and interoperable C-ITS services in Europe. The C-Roads Platform approach will pursue cooperation on a holistic level in order to cover all dimensions linked with the deployment of C-ITS, such as sharing experiences and knowledge regarding deployment and implementation issues, as well as user acceptance. It will follow a bottom-up approach that will include national pilots. These will form basic elements for a later pan-European C-ITS implementation. The national pilot initiatives will move on to cross-site testing which will allow them to grow together and achieve transnational interoperability. In this way C-Roads will ensure European cohesion of C-ITS deployment in the European Union with regards to a long-term roll-out.

C-Roads France is a pilot project whose objective is to develop and experiment innovative road C-ITS solutions. C-Roads France will push for the early adoption of flexible, interoperable and scalable C-ITS solutions, anticipating the commercialisation of equipped vehicles. It will develop 2 types of new end-user services: services in the urban environment and at the urban/interurban interface, and traffic information services increasing comfort on transit stretches. Hence, it will provide a consistent solution for the deployment of almost all Day-1 services and of some Day-1,5 services as defined by the EC C-ITS Platform.

The Action aims to reach a seamless continuity of services at the urban/interurban interface. It will provide enhanced and extended test fields including strategic sections of the TEN-T Core Network, key bottlenecks, black spots and interfaces with urban nodes, to reach a critical mass. The action is supported by 2 car manufacturers to maximise interoperability with the infrastructure and ensure future roll-out of vehicles.

C-Roads France advocates for a pragmatic and user-centric approach: the Action will develop a C-ITS smartphone application supporting early I2V (infrastructure-to-vehicle) services roll up and further scale up. The services will be supported by a hybrid technology enabling a seamless switch between ITS G5 and cellular for not safety-critical applications. C-Roads France builds on the results of SCOOP@F (CEF action 2014-EU-TA-0669-S). C-Roads France is part of the C-Roads Platform.

The main objectives of C-Roads France are: Transfer knowledge, gained expertise, experience and know-how to the C-Roads Platform; Support and contribute to the C-Roads Platform through the involvement of dedicated staff; Develop new services and use cases


Parent Programmes
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Other Programme


Lead Organisation
United Kingdom
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
United Kingdom
EU Contribution


Technology Theme
Connected and automated vehicles
Standards for ITS and cooperative car systems

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