Safe, clean and efficient mobility is a concern for all citizens. Industry and public sector partnership is vital if this aim is to be achieved, and one of the most promising avenues of action is the deployment of ICT solutions. The launch of the iCar Support project on 1 December 2009 exemplifies European multi-sector cooperation in driving ICT deployment.
iCar Support is a 36 month Support Action with a budget of €1,949,767 supporting the implementation of actions and recommendations from the eSafety Forum and the Intelligent Car Initiative. In addition to ERTICO, the coordinator, iCar Support counts as its Partners the European Automobile Manufacturers Associations (ACEA), Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus, Ygomi Europe, Q-Free and Dekra Automobil.
iCar Support will organise major eSafety Forum events in close cooperation with the European Commission and will use a variety of tools to disseminate results including website, electronic and printed newsletters and brochures, press releases, television news spots, press articles.
A major part of its work includes supporting the eSafety Forum and its constituencies, including the Working Groups and Task Forces, strengthening the eSafety cooperation among stakeholders, supporting the development of the Implementation Road Map for all eSafety systems, contributing to the implementation process of the European eCall system by promoting the eCall toolbox and by supporting the European eCall Implementation Platform, supporting the i2010 initiative in particular the activities dealing with user outreach and the deployment of smarter, safer and cleaner vehicles in the future, and launching minor studies on topics identified and endorsed by the eSafety Forum.
The iCar Support Secretariat, the key contact point for stakeholders, will be established close to the heart of the European Institutions, within the offices of the project coordinator, ERTICO. For further information, please contact Monica Schettino.