ECo-AT is taking the next steps towards C-ITS deployment


C-ITS deployment has seen tremendous effort in the last few years, with several Austrian C-ITS stakeholders spearheading these activities in Europe. For three years, ECo-AT (the Austrian part of the C-ITS corridor project from Rotterdam to Vienna) has successfully established its Day 1 C-ITS specifications and its Living Lab concept.

Now, at the completion of the specification phase, the balance shows great success:

  • Six public test cycles – three of them multi-day physical test events in Vienna – including several car manufacturers and Tier-1 suppliers.
  • Publicly available specifications describing a strong set of Day 1 C-ITS use cases that have found their way into several national deployment initiatives as well as publication events with worldwide positive resonance. In that process, ECo-AT was able to provide significant input into the standardisation bodies defining the necessary C-ITS standards (including one joint ETSI Cooperative Mobility Services Plugtest).

ECo-AT could of course not answer all questions for future deployment. All results and work have proven helpful for feeding the European C-ITS initiative C-ROADS or the C-ITS Deployment Platform of the European Commission. The ECo-AT consortium and its approach however achieved huge progress in C-ITS deployment challenges. Especially the “Living Lab” approach and the test cycles, executed in a stable Parking Lot environment but also embedded into the Living Lab under real traffic conditions, have proven to be quite effective. Trust building process and detailed preparation over a period of two years within the C-ITS community have set the scene for international participation of key C-ITS industry stakeholders at the test cycles.

During the sixth and final ECo-AT test cycle (March 21-23, 2017; with more than 30 participants), all ten ECo-AT specified C-ITS use cases were successfully demonstrated, including a full security implementation.

By incorporating both currently available (Pilot) Public-Key-Infrastructure (PKI) solutions (from BSI / Escrypt and C2CCC / Fraunhofer) into testing, ECo-AT was even able to showcase multi-PKI interoperability. Furthermore, the whole information chain from the Traffic Control Center to the end user in the vehicle was successfully tested and demonstrated following the ECo-AT test specifications.

ECo-AT has formally completed its specification and testing phase in March 2017. The final ECo-AT specifications (Release 4.0) will be publicly available on the website in late April. The ECo-AT Living Lab concept is intended to be continued – the wish for further access to this both useful as well as successful tool has been made clear by the whole ECo-AT consortium and all test cycle participants. The details of this continuation, including the possibility for external partners to test C-ITS products in Vienna are currently defined.

More information on ECo-AT here.

ECo-AT Newsletter NO.5