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Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems as a Policy Tool for Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change on Road Transport

  • Evangelos Mitsakis
  • Areti KotsiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 879)

Abstract

This paper aims to address the contribution of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) services to the mitigation of climate change impacts in road transport. Climate change is a fact perturbing human activities in various ways. The exacerbation of weather conditions has considerable impacts on transportation, hence indicating transport vulnerability to climate change. Europe is already confronting several changes in the climatic conditions, including increased temperatures, extreme precipitation events, cold waves and sea level rise. Interaction between climate change and road transport is evident in terms of increasing risks for network managers and users, and negatively affecting transport performance major parameters, such as safety, reliability and cost efficiency. The need to limit adverse weather conditions effects to road transport urges to adapt new mitigation policies, which will ensure transport resilience and sustainability. C-ITS services constitute an innovative array of technologies, enabled by digital connectivity among vehicles and between vehicles and transport infrastructure, expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving. In this way C-ITS services have the potential to increase the levels of safety for drivers within extreme weather situations, by helping them to take the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation. The C-MobILE project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, envisions a fully safe and efficient road transport without casualties and serious injuries on European roads, by deploying C-ITS services for specific mobility challenges. The project will execute large scale C-ITS deployment activities in eight cities in Europe. The C-ITS services will be provided in bundles, aiming to improve safety and traffic efficiency. The paper includes an extended review of the relevant literature. Then an assessment of the C-MobILE C-ITS services’ potential contribution to the mitigation of these effects is presented and assessed.

Keywords

Climate change Extreme weather events Road transport Cooperative intelligent transport systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas - Hellenic Institute of TransportThessalonikiGreece

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