Research Archive

Program Plan Research Progress and Insights

In seeking to establish a coordinated, global market for connected vehicle systems, the ITS Program has reached out to nations around the world to establish a basis for joint research and exchange. Two important efforts have resulted in formal agreements:

  • In January 2009, RITA and the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) signed an Implementing Arrangement to develop coordinated research programs specifically focusing on cooperative vehicle systems.  The commitment was further affirmed in an EU-US Joint Declaration of Intent on Research Cooperation in Cooperative Systems, signed in November 2009. The goals of this declaration are:
    • Support, wherever possible,  global open  standards to ensure interoperability of cooperative systems worldwide and to preclude the development and adoption of redundant standards;
    • Identify research areas  that would benefit  from a harmonized approach and that could be addressed by coordinated or joint research; and
    • Avoid duplication of research efforts.
  • In 2010, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and the Road Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan signed an Implementing Arrangement to cooperate in transportation science and technology. The arrangement formalizes and advances the existing technical cooperation and information exchange on ITS that exists between the two nations.