New Joint Report Outlines EU and U.S. Cooperation on Connected Vehicle Standards

EU-US ITS Copperation logoThe United States and the European Union (EU) are working together to foster international connected vehicle research and international harmonization of the technology and standards necessary for broad deployment of connected vehicle systems. To highlight the progress of this bilateral effort, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the European Commission Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) have developed the report International Deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems: Bilateral Efforts of the European Commission and United States Department of Transportation. The report describes our joint accomplishments and future plans in the areas of connected vehicle safety, standards harmonization, sustainability applications, assessment tools, and driver distraction and human-machine interaction (HMI).


The USDOT and CONNECT are also hosting a showcase to share this joint work with the global intelligent transportation system (ITS) community at the ITS World Congress in Vienna on October 22-26, 2012. The showcase provides a live demonstration of how a system of connected vehicles might work—using U.S. and European cars that exchange similar wireless safety messages that can be understood by the hardware platforms on both vehicles. U.S. and European researchers have been working to develop a basic safety message that can be understood by devices available in U.S. and European vehicles with only minor modifications. This harmonization means the technology will be developed faster and the vehicles will be in your showroom sooner.


An EU-U.S. Steering Group, Technical Task Force, and Working Groups, co-led and staffed by representatives of the USDOT, CONNECT, and appointed industry experts, are conducting the work for the EU and U.S. bilateral activities. The current Working Groups include:

  • Safety Applications Working Group
  • Sustainability Applications Working Group
  • Standards Harmonization Working Group
  • Assessment Tools Working Group
  • Driver Distraction and HMI Working Group
  • Glossary Working Group.

Connected vehicles are the future of transportation. Together, the United States and Europe are researching ways to make this future a more near-term reality, achieve consistent standards globally, and get these vehicles on your roads faster.


Visit the ITS JPO international research web site to download the joint report.