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AUG-SEP 2017

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54 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2017 Amsterdam Declaration, which outlines the steps necessary for the development of self- driving technology in the EU. Among other things, the ministers agreed to work toward an internationally compatible vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure system. The creation of the C-Roads platform that same year brings together all national and cross-border C-ITS deployment activities in the EU and also looks at the convergence of cooper- ative and automated vehicles. This platform of deployment projects is of particular importance with respect to the interoperability of services, such as the provision of real-time information on road works. The first deliverable will be an EU harmonized communication profile for C-ITS services, which will be achieved through cross-site validation tests. This will ensure pan- European harmonization and interoperability of deployment. Meanwhile, the GEAR 2030 High Level group is looking at long-term automotive chal- lenges. The Group will publish its recommen- dations for 2030 automated driving systems in October of this year, which will encourage and support the forging of common views in the EU on fundamental aspects such as road safety, infrastructure needs, liability and soci- etal impacts. BRUSSELS VIEW by PETER GUTIERREZ "So we have some really strong elements, re- ally strong platforms that support each other in a coordinated way," Bulc said. "We the Commissioners are also coordinating our own Commission-wide activities and we are really trying to synchronize the funding and research and innovation as much as possible." Global Data, Infrastructure Standards Connected and autonomous cars are coming, Bulc said, one way or the other: "We should be getting ready for the coexistence of 'smart' and 'dumb' cars. We need to consider solutions for merging the old and the new. We cannot just say 'tomorrow morning only autonomous cars will be on the road', no way. On the other hand, you cannot wait 20 or 30 more years, so we need to work out some good solutions that will allow us to bring the old and new together." Infrastructure of course is a basic building block. Bulc said the EU is currently heavily invest- ing in future infrastructure. "The biggest infra- structure investments ever in the EU are happen- ing right now across all Member States. We are hoping to deploy 700 billion euros of investment by 2030, but are we investing in the right ele- ments, the right solutions, the right technologies? Deciding on the best common infrastruc- ture, she said, will help to ensure that Europe is building the house from the bottom up, and that it has a very solid foundation before mov- ing on. "The object is to have competitive en- vironments, that we can have standards that are appropriately working, that we can bring onboard new players." The Commission has continued to stress in numerous forums its call for the right frame- work conditions to ensure fair and non-dis- criminatory access to vehicle data for all service providers. This, it hopes, will fuel the creation of new services, in compliance with privacy and data protection rules. The Commission wants to ensure equal access to data and standard- ized interfaces, to safeguard innovation and discourage the creation of monopolies. The BMW i3 has autonomous features. Photo courtesy of BMW.

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