Europe is on the right track with connected vehicles, however there is a need to build consumer trust and and give the industry certainty in this rapidly evolving field. This was the conclusion of stakeholders and MEPs at a Forum for Mobility and Society event on connected and automated mobility.
The event followed the European Commission’s 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’. The Commission’s Communication commits only to monitoring the connected car situation. Even though, earlier this year, the European Parliament also issued recommendations for the deployment of C-ITS, which called for binding regulation on fair access to car data.
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. She 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.
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