3 December 2019
With autonomous driving technology rapidly developed by carmakers and technology companies alike, there is a need for dedicated rules and regulations in Europe to ensure the safety of its use on the road.
That is the view of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), which has drawn up a checklist of regulations that need to be put in place before driverless vehicles become a reality. The body is continuing to promote its vision to make road transport both smarter and more convenient.
With the new European Commission and Parliament now ready for their term of office, ACEA wants to engage further in a dialogue with all stakeholders who have a role to play in the gradual transition to fully autonomous driving.
To mark the launch of this dialogue, ACEA published its roadmap for the deployment of automated driving in the European Union. This contains a checklist for policymakers, which details the legislative framework that must be in place at the national, EU and international levels, as well as a timeline outlining the steps towards deployment to be undertaken over the coming decades.
In addition to setting the right legal framework, policymakers must upgrade Europe’s physical and digital road infrastructure to make it suitable for automated driving. They should also continue to perform large-scale and cross-border testing of automated systems on open roads across the EU, ACEA says.
‘Automated driving will bring massive changes, so it is crucial to ensure that society at large is ready for it,’ adds Huitema. ‘We must now work towards raising awareness amongst citizens, and their elected representatives, of what this means.’
As a contribution to this goal, the new ACEA publication explains clearly and visually the terminology, benefits and implications of automated driving, as well as the R&D focus areas of this new ecosystem.
Carmakers and technology companies are working on launching new products and services in the automotive and logistics sectors that will benefit from both connected and autonomous technologies. Car ownership models are expected to change in the future and mobility services are, therefore, a key growth area. Such services will benefit from these new technologies. ACEA believes that with the right framework in place, Europe can be a world leader in promoting not only autonomous driving, but also the safety of such systems.