UK local authorities are being invited to apply to join a new European 'City Pool', set up to help them gain better understanding of emerging Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS).
These will link vehicles electronically with each other and with the road infrastructure to help ensure better flows of traffic and travel information and deliver safer driving conditions.
Members, chosen on strict evaluation criteria, will be able to build up and share information on the opportunities and preconditions for C-ITS deployment in urban areas.
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Coordinating the initiative is Brussels-based European cities and regions grouping POLIS, which is organising the first meeting for members on 3 March 2016 at Transport for London. Authorities may be offered travel costs to meetings; others will be able to join on an own-cost basis.
Application information is available at www.polisnetwork.eu City Pool is a joint venture by two EU-funded projects, Cooperative ITS Deployment Coordination Support (CODECS), and the six-country Cooperative ITS for Mobility in European Cities (CIMEC), in the second of which Reading Borough Council and UK transport strategist Centaur Consulting are partners.
In a further opportunity, the 6-9 June 2016 ITS European Congress in Glasgow will feature a Mayoral Summit for local authority heads from across the continent to discuss their transport priorities.
There are places for five UK civic leaders, in addition to the mayor of London and the Lord Provost of Glasgow.
Nominations must reach ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 15 January.