Being a part of Intelligent Transport Systems, cooperative ITS (C-ITS or cooperative systems) encompasses 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 faces many important issues still unresolved, such as legal, organisational, administrative, governing aspects, technical and standardisation issues as well as implementation and procurement issues. This deployment is an evolutionary process that will address two type of end-users services, i.e. the “Day-1-services” and the "Day-1,5-services".
A list of eleven of "Day-1,5-services" has been agreed by the Platform for the Deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems in the European Union (C-ITS Platform) that was set up by the European Commission in November 2014 to address the main barriers and enablers identified for the deployment of C-ITS in the EU.
The overall objective of the Action is to enhance the deployment at European Union level of three "Day-1,5-services" for road freight transport, in particular the following ones: "Information on alternative fuel vehicles fuelling & charging", "Traffic information and Smart routing" and "Wrong way driving". This will be done through testing an Integrated Fuel and Fleet Management System (C-ITS Telemat). This new C-ITS technology will integrate the aforementioned three services. The pilot will be done through a monitoring network which will involve approximately 53 service stations along the Spanish part of the Atlantic and Mediterranean core network Corridors.
The Integrated Fuel and Fleet Management system (C-ITS Telemat) will enable the communication among heavy duty vehicles (HDV), service stations and fleet management stations. This will allow the automatic real time calculation and re-calculation of the smartest route plan and the automatic estimation, authorisation and payment of the refuelling needed to complete the planned route at each service station. Moreover, the system will provide the heavy duty vehicles (HDV) drivers and fleet managers with useful notifications concerning maintenance scheduling, eco/safety driving, traffic issues as well as information on the estimated fuel consumption vis-a-vis the real one.
To deliver on the overall objective of the Action, there are two specific objectives, which will be met by carrying out the 6 defined activities within the Action.
The first specific objective is to implement, test, operate, monitor and assess the use of the new C-ITS Telemat . This objective will be met by replacing the hardware and software of the outdated existing Repsol ITS Telemat system by the new Repsol C-ITS Telemat and by conducting a real life trial involving approximately 53 service stations and 300 heavy duty vehicles (HDV) (activities 3, 4 and 5) that will gather and analyse all monitored data via key performance indicators (activity 6).
The second specific objective will be to contribute to the coordinated deployment of this C-ITS technology at European level. This objective will be met by publicising and making all the project results freely available in the public domain, including the technical specifications which are relevant for ensuring standardisation and interoperability, and by sharing them with EU policy makers and the C-ITS Platform (activity 2).
The deployment of C-ITS Telemat will contribute to road safety by avoiding accidents and fuel thefts and fraud, but also will assist in improving traffic flows, and reducing fuel consumption, congestion and environmental impacts.