Cooperative positioning (CP) is a localization technique originally developed for use across wireless sensor networks. With the emergence of Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) infrastructure for use in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), CP techniques can now be adapted for use in location determination across vehicular networks. In vehicular networks, the technique of CP fuses GPS positions with additional sensed information such as inter-vehicle distances between the moving vehicles to determine their location within a neighbourhood. This paper presents the results obtained from a research study undertaken to demonstrate the capabilities of DSRC for meeting the positioning accuracies of road safety applications. The results show that a CP algorithm that fully integrates both measured/sensed data as well as navigation information such as map data can meet the positioning requirements of safety related applications of DSRC (<0·5 m). This paper presents the results of a Cramer Rao Lower Bound analysis which is used to benchmark the performance of the CP algorithm developed. The Kalman Filter (KF) models used in the CP algorithm are detailed and results obtained from integrating GPS positions, inter-vehicular ranges and information derived from in-vehicle maps are then discussed along with typical results as determined through a variety of network simulation studies.