Objectives

CODECS takes up operation at a point in time where V2V- and V2I-communication is technically conceptualised and its contribution to traffic safety, efficiency and driving comfort is widely explored. Deployment is initialised and shall in a mid- and long-term lead to a concerted roll-out of C-ITS systems across Europe. This remains a challenge of primarily organisational and operational character and demands coordination and support to come to aligned implementation approaches.

CODECS attends to these tasks and pursues the following objectives:

Coordinating initial deployment activities

Corridor projects, national and city pilots are first examples of real C-ITS deployment in Europe. CODECS aims at coordinating these and further upcoming initial deployment activities to ensure the interoperability of systems and services between the different hot spots. Through interactive discussion within the stakeholder network, CODECS collects, compares and consolidates applied functional and technological approaches, commonalities and differences as well as preferences and needs formulated by the various stakeholders. Based on these insights, CODECS develops guidelines for aligning C-ITS implementation in the first deployment phase: a standards profile for V2I/I2V applications, white papers closing gaps in standardisation, a blueprint for deployment giving guidance also on organisational and operational deployment aspects.

Aligning road maps

Initial deployment activities focus on realising cooperative road infrastructure to provide first information and warning services to drivers of C-ITS capable vehicles even at low penetration rates. Functional or regional hot spot are arising in which specific applications are provided, e. g. road works warning on motorways or intelligent intersection in city scenarios. CODECS aims at ensuring that end-users experience the same applications in a coherent manner when moving between existing and further upcoming deployment hot spots. It uses the interactive discussion in the stakeholder network to investigate and align implementation road maps on the level of served use cases, especially between stakeholders responsible for C-ITS implementation in vehicles and traffic infrastructure. CODECS consolidates stakeholder roles and responsibilities, preferred functions and use cases together with the point in time they should be realised in an aligned use case road map. This road map gives guidance to later innovation phases and the corresponding research, development, testing and specification.

Giving Strategy Coordination Support

A concerted C-ITS roll-out decisively depends on policy decision making. The automotive industry and suppliers are main drivers of C-ITS implementation in Europe. Road operators and industry collaborate and step into interactive discussion with the OEMs to align implementation of C-ITS in vehicles and infrastructure. Besides constantly giving support to research, testing and standardisation, the European Commission has recently set up the C-ITS Deployment Platform addressing open deployment issues. Political roles and responsibilities are scattered on European, national, regional and local level, and strategic decision making requires considerable coordination to let C-ITS fully contribute to key societal challenges. CODECS performs strategy coordination support by investigating the state-of-the-art-strategy and open strategy issues perceived by deployment stakeholders, consolidating their requirements and transforming them into recommendations for strategic decision making. It brings them up for discussion in the high-level decision making councils like the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium, the Amsterdam Group, the C-ITS Deployment Platform and Standards Setting Organisations. 

Raising awareness for the idea of cooperative road traffic

Connected vehicles are a main feature of the future mobility. The concept of vehicles exchanging data among each other and with road infrastructure is complex and benefits for different stakeholder groups are manifold. CODECS understands the end-users’ awareness of the way C-ITS improve their mobility as crucial factor for the successful C-ITS roll-out, as it increases the market penetration and widens the number and complexity of provided applications. Therefore, CODECS aims at raising the awareness for cooperative road traffic with a number of dissemination and communication channels, addressing different target audiences.