Intelligent Traffic Systems Need Open Data

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The European Commission sees open transport data as a key building block for intelligent traffic systems.

On 16 and 17 July 2012, the transport and telecommunications ministers met in an informal council in Nicosia to discuss how to optimise the use of information and communications technologies for transport.

Ministers reviewed means to lift existing barriers to the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the EU. The focus is on access to transport-related open data, on tools for planning and integrated ticketing for journeys across Europe using various transport modes, and on the deployment of intelligent systems and services on the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network and in European cities.

Vice-President Siim Kallas said: "We need to develop European multimodal journey planners and other ITS applications in Europe. To make the best use of all existing transport modes and infrastructure, we need to ensure the availability, accessibility and exchange of all relevant information, such as schedules, capacity, and paths. The Commission will put forward ideas to support the private sector in developing multimodal transport planning and information services across Europe. This will allow new services like route planners or smart reservation and payment to spread for both passengers and freight, going beyond national borders and offering alternative transport modes."

See the full press release by the European Commission.