FIM attends ‘Breakfast event: Connected and Automated Mobility, is Europe going in the right direction’
On the 19th June FIM attended the Forum for Mobility and Society’s ‘Breakfast event: Connected and Automated Mobility, is Europe going in the right direction’. The event provided opportunity for policy makers and stakeholders to discuss the recently published European Commission’s Communication ‘On the road to automated mobility: An EU strategy for mobility of the future’. Participants assessed Europe’s performance on connected and automated mobility and debated whether the EU and Member States are acting decisively enough.
MEP Henna Virkkunen, Member of ITRE Committee, welcomed the audience on behalf of the European Parliament and outlined that connected and automated driving (CAD) offers solutions for current challenges like climate change and reducing road accidents. At the same time, stakeholders need to address the questions of safety, cyber security and skills. In her view, creating an environment where innovations can flourish would allow Europe to be the leader in connected mobility.
The keynote speaker, Mrs Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity at DG CNECT (European Commission) outlined the significant potential of 5G deployment and referred to some of the initiatives preceding the Communication: the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity (NIS Directive), the revised rules on Public Sector Information and the Member States’ letter of intent to intensify cooperation on testing of automated road transport in cross border test sites. European Commission is further planning to publish a Recommendation by the end of 2018 to tackle the issues of cybersecurity, 5G spectrum, access to data and connectivity.
These keynotes were followed by panel discussion during which participants were invited to reflect on the challenges surrounding connected and automated driving in Europe and to outline what priority measures are.
Mrs Johanna Tzanidaki, Director for Innovation & Deployment at ERTICO, highlighted that the European Union is progressing carefully by dedicating sufficient time on tests and trials. She noted the infrastructure deployment and introduction of balanced regulatory framework are key challenges. The long transition period ahead of Europe would require high levels of investment and would therefore require a good combination between private and public funding.
Mrs Fazilet Cinaralp, Secretary General at ETRMA recommended to maintain a level playing field and take more courageous steps in the area of access to in-vehicle by providing a clear mandate to standardise processes for in-vehicle interface. In her perspective, Member States have a key role in deploying 5G.
Mr Maik Boeres, Head of the Future Mobility Team at BMW Group, explained that the more connected devices on the market are available, the more hacker attempts will follow, and therefore cybersecurity threats should not be underestimated. He outlined trust in technology as a prerequisite and asked for a coherent framework on 5G connectivity. In his view, 5G technology will have a game-changing role that will enhance road and traffic safety. However, since technologies are still in development, policy makers need to adhere to the technology neutrality principle in their regulations.
Mr Antony Lagrange, Legislative Officer at DG GROW, outlined that Europe has the strength to compete in the global race of connected mobility and that the EU budget can support private stakeholders. He outlined the various legislative instruments regulating access to in-vehicle data: framework for access to repair and maintenance information, changed type approval rules, on-board-diagnostic and the current proposal for the revision of the General Safety Regulation. In the process of the transition towards automated mobility, European Commission will prioritize road safety and optimal traffic management.
In his closing remarks, MEP István Ujhelyi (expected to act as shadow rapporteur of the own-initiative report from the Parliament in response to the European Commission’s Communication) concluded that Europe is going in the right direction but still has to determine the right pace to move forward. He stressed the importance of introducing a protective but non-discriminatory legal framework to allow connected and automated mobility to realise its full potential.