The success of connected cars and next generation of transportation systems and their full-scale implementation demand interoperability and standardization.

Indeed, the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) by manufacturers, road infrastructure operators and tech developers must be undertaken in accordance with harmonized standards, making vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications possible.

Back in February 2014, following the request by the European Commission, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) adopted the first set of basic standards (known as 'Release 1 specifications') that will allow cars from different automakers to communicate with each other and with road and infrastructure systems.

In a new step to further the industry's efforts towards the rapid development of ITS, now ETSI has announced the first live trial for these systems to take place in Europe, which aims to conduct interoperability and conformance tests and also to demonstrate convergence between ITS and the Internet of Things.