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New joint standards initiative on intelligent transport systems formed

Global standards organizations ITU and ISO have announced the creation of a partnership in the burgeoning field of intelligent transport systems (ITS).


April 20, 2011  


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Global standards organizations ITU and ISO have announced the creation of a partnership in the burgeoning field of intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Industry experts who gathered for the recent ISO/ITU/IEC Fully Networked Car event at the Geneva Motor Show agreed that the next 20 years will see a huge shift towards ITS. “Today’s communications capabilities give the potential for vehicles to foresee and avoid collisions, navigate the quickest route to their destination, make use of up-to-the-minute traffic reports, identify the nearest available parking slot, minimize their carbon emissions and provide multimedia communications,” the two organizations said in a release.

“But while considerable resources have been invested in R&D, the lack of global standards is widely regarded as a major impediment to large scale deployment of ITS services and applications.”

The involvement of international standards bodies is seen as critical to easing bottlenecks resulting – in part – from poor communication between overlapping sectors; automotive, ITS players, telecoms suppliers and operators.

Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General, said there is a will from manufacturers to implement these technologies, but as yet “there has been no real breakthrough in terms of the technical standards needed to roll this out on a global scale.

“Vehicle manufacturers do not want to create different versions of this technology for every different market. They do not want regional or national standards.”