The Government should take the lead in setting a framework for the development of intelligent transport systems for the next 10 years as part of an integrated transport policy, says a report published this week.
The report, from a task force set up by ITS Focus, the trade body for transport telematics, calls on the Government to collaborate on devising a `top-down vision for the UK and Europe’.
It calls for a consortium to lead and coordinate development of a system `architecture’ or framework into which individual transport systems such as road tolling, traffic management, public transport systems and travel information services can all fit. This would ensure the systems would be compatible and able to communicate with each other.
Failure to develop the framework would lead to standalone applications being developed, causing duplication, failures and incompatibilities between systems, loss of export opportunities and expense in developing interfaces between packages later.
Government and European Union funding would be needed to progress areas of primary importance to transport but large sums would not necessarily be involved. `The key issue is the leadership role that the Government plays in removing any uncertainty in the market place,’ the report concludes.