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Source: ETSI
Source: ETSI
What is ITS?

There is no harmonized definition but generally Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are understood as  systems in which information and communication technologies are applied in the field of road transport, including infrastructure, vehicles and users, and in traffic management and mobility management, as well as for interfaces with other modes of transport. Vehicle automation is becoming one important ITS technology.  

ITS technologies

Intelligent transport systems vary in technologies applied, from basic management systems such as:

  • Car navigation;
  • Traffic signal control systems;
  • Container management systems;
  • Variable message signs;
  • Automatic number plate recognition;
  • Speed cameras to monitor applications, such as security CCTV systems.

and to more advanced applications that integrate live data and feedback from a number of other sources such as:

  • Parking guidance and information system;
  • Emergency vehicle notification systems eCall/AECS;
  • Automatic road enforcement Variable speed limits;
  • Collision avoidance systems;
  • Dynamic traffic light sequence;
  • Weather information;

Additionally, predictive techniques are being developed to allow advanced modeling and comparison with historical baseline data.


ITS play an important role in shaping the future ways of mobility and the transport sector. The huge potentials and benefits can only be reaped if ITS solutions are put in place and internationally harmonized, through the UNECE Conventions and Agreements

WP.29 | WP.1 | ITS/AD | SC.1 | TEM | TER | WP.15 | SC.3

UNECE Cooperations on ITS

UNECE is cooperating with other ITS stakeholders to progress in the implementation of the UNECE road map:

  • With ITU, jointly organizing the Future Networked Cars symposiums since 2013.
  • With Belgium in 2014, France in 2015, IRF in 2018 organizing the annual ITS workshop
  • Supporting initiatives, e.g. the Vienna Manifesto on ITS in 2012