Driving cars hands free coming soon
Forum focuses on creation of connected vehicle ecosystem
Maria Koleva, Brussels
13 May, 2017
According to Carsten Becker, there will be autonomous driving cars by 2021-2022.
Two and a half months ago, presenting the White Paper on the future of Europe, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker outlined five possible paths for moving ahead, putting in the bigger picture connected cars as well. This reference shows what big importance the EU executive puts on connected cars’ role in the years to come.
For debating on the perspectives in this very key area, the Connected Cars 2017 conference at Autoworld in Brussels brought together EU policy makers, people from government, industry and academia to discuss security and privacy, connectivity requirements, liability, consumer protection and public and private sector collaboration. The talks also included disruptive business models and future trends for the connected and autonomous car industry.
The Commission will put on 31 May on the table the Mobility package, part of which will be the strategic transport research and innovation agenda. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc called on the audience to take part and contribute to it. Six months ago the Commission adopted a Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems that will allow in two years drastically to be improved road safety, traffic efficiency and to help the driver to react more adequately to the various situations on the road.
As transport is set to grow, our responsible behaviour towards nature is growing and today ‘green’ means business, does not mean expenses, but efficiency and better bottom line, the commissioner opined. She also stressed that there still exist some uncertainties about how fast technologies will develop and what the future mobility system will look like. According to her, the only way to manage uncertainties is “to talk to each other as much as possible and create a critical mass of thinking, challenges, and opportunities and to start agreeing on solutions”.
At the exhibition part, Carsten Becker demonstrated HPE connected car in which is inserted a kind of intelligence. One example is the location detector. Behind this car there is knowledge about the legal regulations in Europe for the lightening, for instance, he explained. The regulation in Austria requires use of lights when you drive during the day. The countries around Austria haven’t got such rules. So when this car crosses the border, it automatically switches the lights on or off according to the country law. There are also solutions for weather detection. When there is rain in front of the car, it automatically closes the windows, puts on the wipers, the lights. The future car will detect as well holes on the street and road authorities can use that data and repair them and there are thousands of ideas but we are in the beginning of using these technologies and data, Carsten Becker pointed out. He expects that more and more will be coming in the next years. According to him, there will be autonomous driving cars by 2021-2022.