The EU member states the Netherlands, Germany and Austria have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding for the introduction of the two cooperative services. The agreement provides the basis for standardised, cross-border, cooperative Intelligent Systems (ITS) aimed at the future. Minister Schultz van Haegen of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment wants the Netherlands to play a leading role in the introduction of these innovative services and products. She has been encouraging industry for a number of years to develop innovative technology to make better use of the infrastructure in the Netherlands. The agreement with Germany and Austria covers:
- A joint implementation plan and time schedule for the introduction of two cooperative services: Road Works Warning and Probe Vehicle Data.
- A functional description of the initial cooperative services and technical specifications.
- Initiating the implementation of the first cooperative services, in terms of the roadside infrastructure.
- Joint efforts to interest ITS suppliers in the implementation of cooperative services.
- Opportunities for suppliers to gain experience and expertise of cooperative services in an international setting.
Several working parties have been set up to promote coordination between the countries concerned. The International Strategic Coordination Team addresses strategic issues. The International Operational Coordination Team handles operational aspects.
Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are each responsible for the introduction of cooperative services. The three countries are working together closely on functional and technical aspects. In consultation with other European countries, the project will contribute to European standardisation in this area, for example through the Amsterdam Group and the European Commission. Currently there is European cooperation in the following areas:
- The development of a European standard for V2X (Vehicle to Everything) communications.
- The implementation of a basic system offering two services, allowing for the inclusion of future cooperative services.
- Harmonisation of V2X standards.
InterCor is a recently started European project related to Connecting Europe Facility for Transport. This project, managed by Rijkswaterstaat, aims to harmonise services and connects existing corridors and initiatives in the Netherlands, France, England and Belgium. The project uses hybrid communications, across both long distances (cellular 3/4G LTE) and short distances (WiFi-P). In the Netherlands the project will build on services developed earlier for the Cooperative ITS Corridor-project. These will be coordinated with similar services in the French SCOOP@F project. Additionally, the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Utrecht are further developing and coordinating the following services: Truck Parking, GLOSA (related to traffic lights) and Tunnel Management Information. Several new, basic logistics C-ITS services will also be added. Consistent specifications for hybrid communications, security and test implementation will be further developed in cooperation with the national Architecture and Interoperability round table meetings and the Security round table meetings.