Framework design


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Framework design for interactive traffic management cooperation

The objective of this activity is to achieve a shared vision about interactive traffic management between the partners and to commonly define the framework. This activity also identifies and analyzes potential bottlenecks.

Road networks, vehicles, telecom networks, road-side systems, mobile and in-car systems, traffic centers and back offices form together the connected and automated ITS system to enable road users and self-driving vehicles to drive as quickly and as safe as possible, with as little damage to the environment as possible.

The framework design is a strategic approach to define a shared vision and a proposed future cooperation framework for interactive traffic management. This framework describes among others:

  • the user needs of the road users (the end-users);
  • the user needs of the organisations involved (road authorities, intermediaries, service providers, car industries) in relation to interactive traffic management;
  • the expected future relationships and (contractual) agreements between road authorities, intermediaries, service providers and car industries and in relation to interactive traffic management;
  • a roadmap with expected technical developments;
  • expected developments in roadside traffic management measures and in-car traffic management services;
  • a functional architecture or architectures;
  • expected future roles and responsibilities of the entities in this architecture(s).

Shared vision and proposed framework

In this task the vision shared by the SOCRATES2.0 partners for the future framework for interactive traffic management is described based on earlier findings of the TM2.0 platform. This framework contains all the involved stakeholders.

As a joint starting point for the project, the partners of SOCRATES2.0 assembled a shared vision on interactive traffic management. Elaborating on the principles of TM2.0, this shared vision identifies the individual and joint motivations, interests and expectations.

As this vision has to be shared by the SOCRATES2.0 partners, a close exchange was established. This exchange was realized by several participation formats:

  • Kick-off workshop in Munich on 23./24. October 2017
  • Each partner presented his understanding on expectations and visions on interactive traffic management. Clustering of focus topics and definition of four focus groups.
  • Starting in Oct 2017: Detailed work within the four focus groups. A focus group is a temporary 'high pressure cooker'-workgroup consisting of partner representatives with a particular interest or expertise. The results of this exchange is a detailed elaboration for a draft version of a shared vision and a proposed framework.
  • Intermediate Workshop in Bergisch-Gladbach on 10./11. January 2018. The Intermediate Workshop aimed to merge the individual Focus Group results and to identify any agreements, disagreements and open issues towards a Cooperation Framework, as envisioned by Activity 2.

The partners want to establish something new and not just improving any existing concept. To do so, they recognized that the idea of influencing traffic has to be transformed into supporting people travelling from A to B. As a result, the vision does not just focus on technology or the traffic management process but is elaborated along four dimensions: CUSTOMER, COMMUNITY, TECHNOLOGY and COLLABORATION.

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Figure 2: The four dimensions of SOCRATES2.0

Bottlenecks, enablers and barriers

In this task the bottlenecks, enablers and barriers for a European-wide deployment of a framework of interactive traffic management. However, SOCRATES2.0 does not aim to solve the bottlenecks, that is beyond its scope. Bottlenecks related to the following issues are considered: organisational issues, financial issues, commercial interests, safety, privacy, security, confidentiality, intellectual property rights, open data, data quality, technical issues and legal issues.

Bottlenecks are described together with their corresponding risks for and effects on possible deployment in Europe. They might differ per country. SOCRATES2.0 will focus on the Dutch, German, Danish and Belgian situation. It is also analysed what these bottlenecks could mean for the pilot(s). All SOCRATES2.0 partners will provide their input. The aim is to find consensus between the SOCRATES2.0 partners. Where that is not possible, the different opinions will be included in the reports.