The European ITS Platform (EU EIP) serves as Technical ITS Knowledge Management Centre to National Road Authorities and Road Operators partnering in the EU EIP community, to the European Commission in their roles as funding and regulatory institution as well as to stakeholders and multi-stakeholder collaborations engaged in preparing Facilitating automated driving deployment.
EU EIP sub-activity 4.1 is dedicated to frameworks and guidelines to describe and assess the quality for ITS data and ITS services in Europe.
A major driver for this sub-activity is that the efficiency and acceptance of ITS services heavily depend on (minimum) quality targets from the perspective of a traveler. An example how quality may be perceived in a C-ITS service is illustrated in the figure above. However, so far, there has been no agreed approach to define quality aspects and corresponding (minimum) quality levels for ITS.
To address this, the sub-activity elaborated a set of quality frameworks for several ITS data and service domains. These frameworks, called the Quality Packages, add quality aspects to parallel ITS implementation and pilot projects across Europe.
The results are based on evidence from conditions and operating environments in combination with the expert knowledge of the public and private stakeholders involved in the EU EIP quality work.
The work is separated for different ITS domains, corresponding to the priority actions of the EC ITS Directive, and conducted in an iterative approach, see the following figure.
Besides such Quality Packages, some side tasks explore the quality roles and actions in the evolving ITS ecosystem. One task defines the relevant stakeholders, value chains, recommended work processes, when dealing with ITS quality. Another task “Optimum Quality” examines optimisation aspects in terms of quality, from the perspective of European road authorities.
There are important cross-links to several achievement areas of EU EIP:
The collection of reports produced is available below:
Quality of ‘Safety-Related‘ and ‘Real-Time Traffic Information Services‘
Quality of ‘Multimodal Travel Information Services‘
Quality of ‘Intelligent Truck Parking Services‘
C-ITS Information Quality
Definition of stakeholders, value chains, recommended work processes
Optimum Quality of ITS
We organized workshops and made presentations at different events to disseminate our work. The documentation of workshops and fora is linked here:
30 March, 2017 – Workshop on Quality of Multimodal Traveller Information Services, Brussels, BE
21 March, 2018 – Follow-up Workshop on Quality of Multimodal Traveller Information Services, Amsterdam, NL
15 November, 2018 – Quality of ITS data and services, European ITS Forum 2018, Utrecht, NL
6 November, 2019 – Data & Information Quality for C-ITS, C-ITS deployment and evaluation workshop, Brussels, BE
14 December, 2020 – Introduction and discussion of Quality Package for C-ITS Information, online
17 December, 2020 – Introduction and validation of Quality Package for Intelligent Truck Parking Services (ITPS), online