Obituary Michael Sandrock

In December 2020, Michael Sandrock, the long-time chairman and honorary chairman of TelematicsPRO, passed away after a long serious illness. He was a founding member of TelematicsPRO and led the association for over 15 years. Many of our technical committees and activities can be traced back to his initiative. Among other things, he established, together with our member TraffGo Road GmbH, called mobile payment parking and the Smart Parking Platform in Germany and Austria. He created our technical committee "Sustainable Urban Mobility - Tolling". Our current Berlin/Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia sections also stem from his initiative. In honor, he laid a foundation for our successful work today. His creative ideas, his networking activities and his persistent belief in success remain unforgotten for friends, colleagues and companions.
We will honor Michael Sandrock's memory.

HUSST gives green light for Germany tariff with version 3.0

Data structure of HUSST 3.0 is optimized for processing huge amounts of data and is well prepared for the implementation of the Germany tariff
Berlin (March 22, 2021). The introduction of the new Germany Tariff is expected to change a lot for the German public transport landscape, in January 1, 2022 . The German Tariff network would like to use it to facilitate collegial and constructive cooperation between shareholders and cooperation partners. The new German Tariff stands for more climate-friendly mobility and fair competition between the various rail transport companies in Germany. For this to succeed, the implementation of the tariff by the various system manufacturers is also crucial. The manufacturer-independent interface format HUSST 3.0 enables the mapping of the complex tariff and also solves problems that occur when processing such large amounts of data.

Further development in the HUSST forum

Further, the interfaces standards in the HUSST forum developed continuously, together with ITS Germany. It was extended to version 3.0 in spring 2020, which is accompanied by some detail changes. For example, the data structure has been improved, that even large amounts of data can be mapped in an optimized way in order to process them efficiently and correctly. This is essential for the implementation of the Germany tariff. "We are pleased that with our vendor-independent interface we have created a standard that meets new challenges - such as the introduction of the German tariff - in the market," says Claus Habiger, vice president of ITS Germany e. V.

HUSST - The vendor-independent interface for public transport
There is an unmanageable variety of data formats for public transport distribution systems in Germany, which makes it difficult to freely combine ticket vending machines, online ticket stores and background systems. Moreover, it is not easy to replace obsolete components, because the only option in such cases is to replace the entire system.
The manufacturer-independent interface had problems in the past. The open standard developed by the hardware and software companies AMCON, ALMEX, highQ Computerlösungen, ICA Traffic, krauth technology GmbH and DIKS Consult. It intended to enable the manufacturer-independent setup of public transport distribution systems. Already, HUSST has become the de-facto standard and is in use by many large and small transport companies, since the introduction in 2010.


Statement on the draft bill for the law on autonomous driving

ITS Germany e.V. has issued a statement on the draft bill on autonomous driving.

In general, the drafts assume that autonomous driving vehicles will travel autonomously, i.e. without any communication with the road traffic infrastructure or other vehicles. Consequently, this communication is not considered in draft, either. ITS Germany e.V. called this corresponds, neither to short- or medium-term realities. A central reason for this is to ensure road safety, especially the protection of pedestrians and cyclists (VRU Vulnerable Road Users) in urban / inner-city areas.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that the draft legislation be revised soon. Moreover, that the additional sensors required in the road space and communication with the road traffic infrastructure be included.

You can download the detailed statement in German, here