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Breakfast event: Connected and Automated Driving: Is Europe going in the right direction?

  • Renaissance Brussels Hotel 19 Rue du Parnasse Bruxelles, Bruxelles, 1050 Belgium (map)

Stakeholders say more is needed for connected and automated driving

Brussels, 19 June 2018 – Stakeholders taking part in the FMS breakfast event on connected and automated mobility highlighted that although Europe is on the right course, there is a need to address certain topics in order to build consumer trust and give industry certainty in this rapidly evolving field.

The event took place just over one month after the European Commission published its Communication ‘On the road to automated mobility: An EU strategy for mobility of the future’, part of the last ‘Europe on the Move legislative package’. Earlier this year, the European Parliament also issued recommendations for the deployment of C-ITS, touching on key areas such as consumer information, support for research and data issues.

Opening the event, Member of the European Parliament Henna Virkkunen spoke about the difficulties and circumstances in the near future in the areas of cybersecurity, liability, skills, data protection and road safety. The MEP highlighted the need for a clear regulatory framework to guarantee fair competition and innovation.  

Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity at the European Commission, gave a keynote speech touching on the importance of establishing trust and security for the adequate use of technologies in transport. She said the Commission will publish a Recommendation by the end of 2018 to tackle the issues of cybersecurity, access to data and connectivity.

A panel debate followed and included Antony Lagrange speaking on behalf of DG GROW, Johanna Tzanidaki from ERTICO, Fazilet Cinaralp from ETRMA and Maik Böres from the BMW Group. The participants agreed that Europe is in the right direction with regards to connected and automated mobility. However, the panellists shared concerns about the degrees of regulation, cybersecurity threats, the lack of standardisation for in-vehicle interfaces, the use of road safety technologies to lead the path to automation, and the role of 5G technology for vehicle connectivity.

In his concluding remarks, MEP István Ujhelyi highlighted the importance of continuing to discuss and debate the key issues surrounding connected and automated cars and the need for a robust legal framework to support developments in these areas. In the TRAN Committee, the MEP is expected to act as shadow rapporteur of the own-initiative report from the Parliament in response to the European Commission’s Communication.

The breakfast debate took place at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel and attracted the attention of key decision-makers, industry representatives and civil society organisations. The discussions focused on identifying if Europe is on the right track to support the digitalisation of transport and foster automation.