In the first semester of 2012 the iMobility Forum Implementation Road Map (IRM) Working Group (WG) has concentrated its effort on monitoring and promoting the deployment of priority systems using a two way approach.
The short-term approach to monitoring had to be based on existing data sources and tools. The methodology as described by the IRM WG includes five main components: the expert estimates and national data provided by the iMobility Observers network in the form of a response to a questionnaire, analysis of PTI data available from Germany (FSD) for vehicle based systems, literature study, supplier interviews and analysis of mobile applications available through platform-specific application stores such as iTunes, Android Market and Nokia Ovi Store. The estimates provided by the study will become more accurate when new and more detailed data becomes available from FSD and more responses to the questionnaire are received from the iMobility Observers and other stakeholders in Member States.
In the long term, the Member States will still be responsible for data collection, but the interpretation of the results will be handled by the European Commission or another stakeholder competent to carry out the task. The methods to be used will be clearly described and regulated to ensure consistency of data throughout the years and between Member States, and accuracy of the results.
iMobility priority systems are different in terms of the functionality they provide, of the functional and technical architecture and of their characteristics. Because the group of systems to be monitored is very heterogeneous, well defined terminology and concepts are needed to describe the deployment statuses of various systems and to produce information that allows comparison of deployment status, both against some initially defined objectives and between systems.
The updated implementation road maps were provided for the following priority systems:
- Obstacle and collision warning
- Emergency braking
- Blind spot monitoring
- Adaptive headlights
- Lane keeping support (including Lane departure warning and Lane keeping assistance)
- RTTI (Real-time travel and traffic information)
- Dynamic traffic management
- Local danger warning
- Extended environmental information
- Speed alert
- Dynamic navigation
For vehicle-based systems, the measure used to describe deployment status is fleet penetration. Fleet penetration can be defined as a share of vehicles equipped with the system within the whole fleet. In this study, the analysis includes only vehicles in class M1 unless otherwise stated. Data on European vehicle fleet have been obtained from Eurostat. The size of vehicle fleets in EU27 countries has been calculated by adding up the latest figures available from Eurostat for each Member State.
For infrastructure-based systems, measuring deployment status is a more complex task. For those systems, the availability of the whole service chain is a prerequisite for a fully operational system. This is the case, for example, with real-time traffic information and eCall. There are also priority systems that have several implementations with different functional and technical architectures. In these cases, only the most widely deployed implementations have been analysed. In case of infrastructure based systems, information on both fleet penetration and infrastructure coverage is required to assess the deployment status. In general, infrastructure coverage can be understood as the availability of the whole service chain from data sources to service provision to the end-user within some defined geographical area. In other words, analysis of the infrastructure coverage is not possible without a description of ICT infrastructure required by the service and a definition of infrastructure coverage.
Moreover, on a related topic, iCar Support opened two calls for tenders from 23 February to 23 March 2012. The first tender on iCar - implementation status survey by use of OEM data was contracted to FSD and the Institute for Economic Research and Consulting GmbH in order to estimate the market penetration and coverage of the vehicle-based priority systems in all EU member states based on reliable figures. On the one hand FSD will make an OEM data evaluation for deployment rates for the whole of Europe for the year 2010. On the other hand, the Institute for Economic Research and Consulting GmbH will use his models for European fleets to make predictions to deployment rates for the future (e.g. 2015 and 2020). This future forecast would be the add-on of this concept. The second tender iCar - implementation status survey by use of data acquired at dealers, workshops, or PTI has not received adequate responses and therefore has been put on hold for the time being. The final results of the iCar - implementation status survey by use of OEM data will be delivered in September 2012.