3rd Web ITS Forum - Perspectives and contribution of road operators for facilitating automated driving


3rd event of the Web ITS Forum 11th December 2020, 09:30 – 11:00 CET full video on Youtube


  • Geert van der Linden -European Commission DG MOVE


  • Requirements of highly automated driving to road operators – Ludovic Simon (Cerema)
  • Benefits and costs of highly automated driving – Magnus Hjälmdal (Sweco)
  • Roadmap and action plan to facilitate automated driving on TEN road network – Maarten Amelink (Rijkswaterstaat)
  • Automation of road operators’ own ITS – Mihai Niculescu (ITS Romania)


  • European ITS Platform


  • Anna Schirokoff – Finnish Transport and Communication Agency

Automation and automated driving are key tools in making the development to zero fatalities and low carbon emissions reality.

Automated driving is advancing to driverless and self-driving vehicles in the road environments that enable this by providing the physical and digital infrastructure required by such vehicles. The road operators are in key position to provide those infrastructures as well as the traffic management support needed. How road authorities and operators should now proceed is still partly unclear due to many issues.

The technology solutions are still evolving fast with regard to the sensors, AI and software of the automated vehicles making it difficult to predict what level of infrastructure support is needed by automated vehicles rolled out in 2030 or 2040. The details of the future automated vehicles’ behaviour, especially in critical situations where they can not continue automated driving, are not available.

The legal frameworks for driverless vehicles are not in place. These are only a few of the issues still remaining before the full-scale roll-out of highly automated vehicles as well as investments in the infrastructures to facilitate their operation on open roads.

The European Commission has actively supported to move towards connected and automated driving by enabling the necessary multi-stakeholder cooperation in the domain. This is done in the form of CCAM Platform and the CCAM Partnership and by funding support via the CEF, Horizon 2020 and the Horizon Europe programmes.

EU EIP has contributed to these via its activity “Facilitating Automated Driving”.