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EU policymakers must create the path to automated motoring, say European Motoring Clubs


Publication date: 12 May 2015


It is the responsibility for EU policymakers to facilitate the deployment of automated motoring, announced the FIA Eurocouncil. Made up of 73 FIA Automobile Clubs in Europe and with 37 million members, the Eurocouncil believes in the potential for automation to improve road safety, and urges EU Institutions to streamline the deployment of this technology. The declaration was adopted at the annual FIA Region I Spring Meeting, taking place in Gammarth, Tunisia from 5-8 May 2015.

FIA Region I President, Thierry Willemarck, said: “This is the moment when automation is poised to dramatically improve road safety. Policymakers need to create the best legislative environment as this technology becomes a reality. Users must be at the heart of this deployment as well. They need to be informed and ready to adopt this next evolution in mobility.”

The Eurocouncil declaration demands that a concerted effort is made by EU policymakers to create a path to automated motoring, especially by:

 

  • Considering the specific driver education and training needs in the revision of the European Driving Licence Directive

  • Seeking international harmonisation of road signs and markings necessary for automated road traffic

  • Enabling wide accessibility to road infrastructure and traffic data needed for automated operation within the provisions of the European ITS Directive and implementation

  • Directing infrastructure related investment of the TEN-T programme and Connecting Europe Facility to prepare road and roadside infrastructure for automation

  • Supporting the development of vehicle design standards that promote driver supervised automation, in particular to safeguard driver vigilance

  • Supporting an adapted legal framework, taking into account changing liability rules


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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About FIA Region I
FIA Region I is a consumer body representing 111 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interests of our members as motorists, riders, pedestrians and passengers. FIA Region I is working to ensure safe, affordable, clean and efficient mobility for all. www.fiaregion1.com 

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Full text of the Eurocouncil Declaration 2015 – The Path to Automated Motoring

The FIA Motoring Clubs recognise that,

Automation has tremendous potential to improve the safety, comfort and efficiency of personal mobility. However, a number of infrastructural, technical, legal and user-related challenges need to be properly addressed.

In order to facilitate technology deployment, drivers should be thoroughly informed about embedded technologies, their functionalities and their boundaries (activation, deactivation, failure). Infrastructure modification being costly, the road environment should be incrementally equipped with automation-enabling technology according to relevance and effectiveness. Public authorities should seek international harmonisation of road signs and markings as well as wide access to up-to-date digital maps providing a minimum set of information about the road network needed for autonomous driving. Vehicle manufacturers should have a duty to ensure the full functionality of automated systems, provided that they are properly maintained and inspected.

 

As long as drivers are expected to oversee the technology and be ready to resume driving tasks, retaining driver vigilance will remain a major challenge. Liability provisions in case of accident or infringement to the Highway Code need to be aligned to automation levels and clearly communicated to the users to ensure a smooth transition between full driver liability to full vehicle manufacturers and road operators liability.

Therefore, Clubs believe

That in order to support swift and safe deployment of automated motoring and quickly reap the full benefits in terms of safety, efficiency and comfort, public authorities should set appropriate framework conditions.

The European institutions should, in particular:

  • Consider the specific driver education and training needs in the revision of the European Driving Licence Directive

  • Seek international harmonisation of road signs and markings necessary for automated road traffic

  • Enable wide accessibility to road infrastructure and traffic data needed for automated operation within the provisions of the European ITS Directive and implementation

  • Direct infrastructure related investment of the TEN-T programme and Connecting Europe Facility to prepare road and roadside infrastructure for automation

  • Support the development of vehicle design standards that promote driver supervised automation, in particular to safeguard driver vigilance

  • Support an adapted legal framework, taking into account changing liability rules



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