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AUG-SEP 2017

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52 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 T he European Commission is keeping a close eye on connected and auto- mated technologies across the board, especially as they relate to mobility. Tomorrow's road transport is of particular interest to EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, as anyone who's ever heard her speak will know. Talking to a group of industry and policy rep- resentatives at a recent 'Connected Cars' event in Brussels, Bulc spoke with passion about automated transport, which she described as only part of a wider societal transformation. "There is a shift that is happening in trans- port, that is reshaping how we understand mo- bility, connectivity and development and espe- cially urban development," Bulc said. She placed the emergence of self-driving cars within the context of several current EU initiatives. For instance, November 2016, the Commission adopted the European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which it considers a milestone toward cooperative, connected and automated mobil- ity. The Commission intends to adopt European specifications, including a European security policy for C-ITS communications, in 2018, EU Transport Commissioner Talks About Self-Driving Cars and More Peter Gutierrez Inside Unmanned SystemsÕ European Editor, has written about the continent's evolving science and technology landscape for many years. He has covered transport, space policy and environmental issues from his home base in Brussels and reported extensively on satellite-based navigation including the GPS, Galileo and EGNOS programs. IN BRIEF European leaders are racing to lay the groundwork for automated technology that will not just improve, but connect, different modes of transportation. They are setting harmonized standards for communications, data handling, privacy protection, liability and safety that will enhance mobility across the European Union. which will provide legal certainty for the de- ployment of C-ITS in the EU. Commission sources have told us they see co- operative, connected and automated technolo- gies as complementary, reinforcing each other and over time merging completely. Thanks to new ways to access vehicle data, all vehicle-re- lated services, including assistance, repair and maintenance, insurance, etc., will be increasing- ly available to the customer remotely, directly to and from the vehicle, or via smartphone. Bulc also cited the Commission's recent launch of the 'Smart Villages' EU action, which encom- passes support for and investment in new modes of connectivity. "This is aimed at better connect- ing villages with cities, including the transport of goods, so it is really all about mobility." But automated technologies, she said, are set to appear not just on the roads. "It's emerging in the sky, in the sea, and it would be really good if we could bring together the common elements and ad- dress them together, so that the cost of innovation could be shared and we could move forward faster." The summit was largely attended by auto- motive industry representatives but also had a healthy IT contingent. "I'm inviting you all to connect with colleagues from other modes," she BRUSSELS VIEW on Automated Driving by PETER GUTIERREZ

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