Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems / Connected vehicles

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) use wireless technologies to enable real-time wireless communication between vehicles, roadside infrastructure, mobile devices and back-office systems, improving the safety and manageability of the transport network, and reducing congestion and costs.

TCA is taking an active role in responding to the local and international challenges and opportunities C-ITS pose to industry, operators, regulators, policymakers and users.

TCA co-leads national and international developments on standards, interoperability, security and conformance frameworks for telematics and related intelligent technologies, C-ITS, and the managed security environment for connected vehicles – the Cooperative Credential Management System (CCMS).

A CCMS is one of the operational systems that will underpin a C-ITS environment – an environment that includes physical devices (in cars, infrastructure and mobile personal devices), applications, information and means of communicating it, and the enabling systems, interfaces and practices.

Click here to read the 2016-17 C-ITS Feature from the Annual Report


Why is security essential?

Most people don’t think about security on a daily basis – and they shouldn’t have to. Security should be the last thing on someone’s mind when they use a service, make a purchase, or leave the front door.

A level of trust is needed that is a lot harder to achieve for the connected and cooperative space. That trust wouldn’t be very useful if it only extended to a few people, or to a few brands. It needs to be able to extend to whoever wants access, when they want it.

Our physical and digital lives are converging, and so is our transport. Cars are becoming Smart Phones and engines on wheels; and our transport networks are roads and radio waves.

It seems like every day we read about a car getting hacked, or about something going wrong. Events like this are happening on a small scale: at trade shows, or as public stunts. What if these incidents were happening on the road? When security doesn’t work it can be frustrating, disrupt a business, or put people in real danger.


C-ITS in Australia

To learn more about C-ITS, and the security solution for the connected environment, read TCA’s discussion paper, here [link]TCA and Austroads closely collaborated to assess the needs of stakeholders, provide security and privacy management, and develop system requirements and key resources.

TCA is also actively generating discussion on security in the area of C-ITS, with the September 2016 publication of a discussion paper entitled 'Towards a national vision for a secure, connected future through Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)'.


Global C-ITS Harmonisation

Around the world, governments and industry are coming together to ensure that the connected vehicles will operate safely, securely and efficiently.

TCA is the co-lead (with the European Commission and the United Stated Department of Transportation) on Harmonisation Task Groups (HTGs).  TCA brings its knowledge and experience to these international projects that coordinate the recommended implementation of C-ITS policies. TCA is actively representing Australia’s interests on security, technical and operational policy matters.

Harmonisation refers to the coordination of safety and sustainability issues, technical and policy standards, and the identification and removal of regional and international differences that potentially limit the public outcomes of C-ITS. Harmonisation is a critical step in delivering a trustworthy, cooperative and cross-jurisdictional environment that will encompass all modes of transport, and must remain operational for many years to come.

TCA uses operational experience in delivering a security environment that covers the lifecycle of regulatory telematics solutions to discussions on privacy and security for C-ITS.

TCA’s shared leadership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the European Commission affords Australia the opportunity to ensure its needs and policy expectations are represented in the harmonisation framework as it develops.

This is positioning Australia to minimise its long-term C-ITS establishment and operating costs by ensuring international products work as seamlessly as possible in Australia.


C-ITS – International Harmonisation Task Group 6 Findings and Recommendations

C-ITS International Harmonisation Task Group (HTG) 6 met between January 2014 and July 2015 with the objective to develop a security policy framework for C-ITS that identifies the key areas for harmonisation across jurisdictional and international boundaries.

The significant work of HTG6 identified the security principles and global standards to foster the development and adoption of safer, cost-effective, and sustainable C-ITS. Harmonisation is a critical step in delivering a trustworthy, cooperative and cross-jurisdictional environment, and sets the foundations for operational applications of C-ITS for many years to come.

HTG6 acknowledged TCA’s leading role in the developing ITS frameworks that are internationally recognised and adopted. TCA’s experience in administering the National Telematics Framework, knowledge of international standards development, and the ability to manage the intersection between policy, technical, commercial and operational issues were crucial to the success of HTG6. TCA brought its expertise in delivering a commercially viable security environment, and its operational knowledge of the core systems and policies that will underpin international deployments of C-ITS.

Read the full report here


Harmonisation Task Group 7

HTG7 is focussed on security solutions and standards to enable first stage deployments of C-ITS, with a vision for full, global deployment.

HTG7 is being co-led by representatives of the EC, USDOT and TCA. The members of HTG7 are policy analysts and technical experts with hands-on experience in C-ITS implementation, and security in related fields..

HTG7’s objectives are to:

  • Consolidate previous HTG approaches to security for C-ITS – namely to incorporate, evolve and extend awareness and consensus on the work of HTG6
  • Explore and find consensus on gaps – differences in technical and/or policy requirements or capabilities – in standards for local, regional and international C-ITS environments
  • Develop a cooperative and prioritised plan based on common needs
  • Address the need for globally unique identifiers for C-ITS
  • Identify the C-ITS standards that overlap with and support those relating to connected vehicle automated systems
  • Identify the immediate and future relevance and utility of C-ITS work streams for Smart Cities initiatives.

HTG7’s results will be focussed on standards to enable first stage deployments of C-ITS, but will also have a vision for full, global deployment. The final result will be a series of reports intended to inform and be used by C-ITS implementers and policy makers.