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Netherlands goes driverless

Publication date: 14 April 2016

On 14 April, Transport Ministers released the Declaration of Amsterdam on Cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving. FIA Region I and its European Mobility Clubs welcomes the Dutch Presidency’s ambition to facilitate the introduction of highly automated and connected vehicles throughout Europe by 2019. The document’s objective is to intensify cooperation, leading to the expected benefits of vehicle automation in terms of safety, efficiency and sustainability while also supporting value-added services using vehicle data.


Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General FIA Region I said: "Driverless cars have much to offer when it comes to improving mobility. However, the road users must remain at the centre of developments, to ensure that the resulting product will benefit the wider society.”

The joint strategy rightly points to the importance of clarifying the conditions for the use of data generated by connected and automated vehicles. FIA Region I is actively representing mobility users’ views in European fora, such as C-ITS Platform and GEAR 2030, on automation and connectivity.


Notes to Editors
Concerning the deployment of automation, industry and policymakers should work together to ensure that opportunities are not overlooked and that potential obstacles are dealt with in a timely fashion. The FIA Region I and its European Clubs, acknowledging this trend and representing automobile consumers, encourage policymakers and the industry to:

  • Design automated functionalities with the user in mind, with user-friendly Human Machine Interfaces and sufficient lead time for drivers to resume driving if necessary

  • Make sure that drivers are always fully aware of the vehicle’s current level of automation and their level of liability

  • Remove accident liability from drivers of conditionally automated cars who show typical and reasonable user behaviour. In conditional automation mode, the vehicle should store data that helps identify – in the case of an accident – who is liable whilst fully respecting data protection and privacy law

  • Focus efforts on establishing good human machine interaction to ensure a seamless introduction of automation and prevent a critical decrease of attention and misuse of automated functions

  • Adapt national legal frameworks and international conventions to allow for a safe introduction of highly automated features

  • Organise awareness campaigns to accompany the progressive deployment of automation functionalities

  • Add new requirements to the European Driving License Directive to include automated features and new vehicle functionalities with regular renewal opportunities on offer as technology develops

  • Encourage data sharing between private and public actors to make up-to-date, standardised digital maps available

Related FIA Region I Policy Positions:

pdf Car Connectivity (1.1 MB)

pdf Autonomous Driving (1.4 MB)

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About FIA Region I

The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 112 Mobility Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, the FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. 

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