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Note: MLIT MOC was signed with RITA.
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Steering Group:
•Three co-chairs (one from each region) and supporting facilitators
•Maintains high level continuity among the three regions
•Provides executive oversight and direction and identifies the activities to be pursued by the working groups
•Approves supporting resources 
Coordinating Group:
•As with the steering group, comprised of three co-chairs and facilitators
•Collects and share information and coordinate actions among the working groups
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“Transport Canada and the U.S. DOT have committed to coordinating and collaborating on V2V and V2I communications technology and applications development and implementation for light- and heavy-duty vehicles, including architecture and standards to support interoperable deployment. This includes, where appropriate, joint planning and priority-setting, collaborative research projects, information exchanges to support analyses as well as architecture and standards development.”  (From RCC CV Workplan)
Coordinated CV research will:
•Help prevent the development and adoption of redundant standards; and,
•Support and accelerate the deployment and adoption of connected vehicle systems.
Source
•http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en/content/canada-united-states-regulatory-cooperation-council-news-february-2015
•http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/content/canada-united-states-regulatory-cooperation-council-joint-forward-plan-august-2014
•http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/content/regulatory-cooperation-council-0
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•Key areas of action include:
•Ensure standardization of vehicle equipment licensing approaches and certification – such as on board radios and road side units (RSUs).
•Ensure interoperability/functionality of Security Certificate Management Systems in Canada/US – regardless of who manages it.
•Participate in international standards development to ensure Canadian regulations are addressed.
•Collaborate on vehicle cyber security: Identify threats/harden vehicles and systems – this work is already underway between TC and US DOT’s Volpe Center.
•Ensure interoperability of ITS Architectures in Canada and the US.
•Jointly engage stakeholders on standard development priorities
•Share information and broadly coordinate with regulators, standards development organizations and infrastructure managers, including AASHTO, CCMTA and TAC.
•Undertake Canadian pilot that focuses on Security Certificate Management Systems.
•What is very clear is that this is a fast emerging technology area that brings together expertise from communications, human factors, computer science, civil/mechanical engineering and we will need to work together to ensure Canada can benefit from this next generation technology.
Notes:
•EU-US cooperation on standards has been very active – the majority of my presentation will focus on this collaboration
•EU-US is a bilateral agreement, but is providing the means for multilateral efforts. For instance, Australia has joined our more recent harmonization task groups, including the provision of funds and experts.  We also have observation by Canada, Japan, and South Korea.
•We have a specific collaboration with Canada focusing on the Border Information Flow Architecture (BIFA) as part of broad longstanding cooperation.  Our success in this effort has led to further joint efforts in adapting US technological developments, including connected vehicle concepts for Canadian environments.
•USDOT also exchanges information on best practices in ITS with Mexico.
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International Partners:
Australia – Agreement to cooperate on information sharing on architecture issues and security policy harmonization via EU-US agreement, information sharing agreement with FHWA
Canada – Longstanding agreement to cooperate on ITS issues including architecture and standards, border architecture
European Union (EU) – Implementing Arrangement to enable cooperative efforts including work under EU-US Joint ITS Technical Task Force, Harmonization Action Plan (HAP)
Japan – Memorandum of Cooperation to facilitate joint activity in standards harmonization, cooperation on EU-US standards work items
South Korea – Memorandum of Cooperation to facilitate joint activity in standards harmonization
Mexico – Discussions regarding harmonized ITS architecture
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A Harmonization Task Group (HTG) is any organizational construct  which facilitates efficient completion of a work item. It is flexible; structure evolves based on needs, lessons learned.
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Notes:
•The USDOT understands that important advancements in standards occurs throughout the world. We have strategically structured involvement with Standards Development Organizations as a mechanism for:
-Developing and maintaining key standards that are important to US deployment.
-Maintaining awareness of other developments for their potential impact on US standards, including the potential for adoption or adaptation, when in the public interest. 
§The ability to leverage other industry standards not only reduces costs, but allows results in broader industry consensus. 
•Involvement and provision of expert participation and financial support is based on a regular and rigorous analysis that includes stakeholder input.  In Fall of 2014 we will offer an initial Connected Vehicle Standards plan that will guide our efforts and our priority focus areas for the next 3-5 years.
•Via our ISO relationship with CEN, the USDOT has forged a stronger relationship with CEN, the European standards setting body.
•Note CEN publishes all of their ITS standards via ISO
•Where the US has interest but no direct influences (i.e., another Nation’s standards setting body), we observe and monitor progress when beneficial and able to gain best practices for incorporation into our standards; and cooperate when warranted to move toward harmonization.
•As transportation advances toward becoming a more integrated part of connected cities and interfaces with the “Internet of Things”, we will likely find ourselves harmonizing with other industries in addition to other Nations.
-Our understanding of this future path led the USDOT to become an Associate Member of the one M2M (“machine-to-machine”) global standards consortium in 2013. Our membership allows us to provide ITS use cases for consideration in standards development.
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While we’ve achieved some important successes since 2011, we understand that harmonization is a complex endeavor that has its challenges.  Gains in one area might undermine progress in other areas—this has to be managed carefully. While stakeholders are capable of building upon common interests, uncertain funding and/or policy commitments by governments or others can impede progress or result, inadvertently, in exclusion. Also, sustained governmental co-leadership and involvement by experts and stakeholders can be difficult to achieve and maintain, but is a critical component of success. 
Our first harmonization efforts under our agreements have been successful – due in no small part to stable resource commitments, flexibility and expert management and leadership - and they have also resulted in important insights and lessons that are informing, and will continue to inform, our future cooperative activities; allowing us to continue to improve efficiency and effectiveness. (Lessons learned are documented in detail in one the publicly available HTG 1-3 reports.)
We have been appreciative of the opportunities afforded us under our agreements with our international partners, the standards development community, and committed stakeholders and experts. The sharing of work has brought us better products at lower costs than we would have achieved alone. Going forward, we look for continued success that will benefit us all.
 
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