Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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LETTER 53 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 told the audience. "Don't just think about roads. Think automation in transport, think connec- tivity in transport." Bulc said a common European vision for au- tomated mobility would take a clear shape by the end of this year. "We want to identify and address the needs, not wishes but the right needs that will pay in the end for all this devel- opment, for the products that we want on the market and for improving mobility. "And along with the technological break- throughs, let's also pay special attention in our common vision and strategy to both business models and social models. These are precisely the two things being challenged and reshaped by the new concepts of mobility." Part of the job of a European Commissioner is to sway opinion and help create consensus, and Bulc has certainly stepped up to the task, expressing herself passionately and consistently regarding the human cost, if not the socioeco- nomic cost, of not getting mobility right. "Twenty-six thousand people die on European roads every year and 135,000 are seriously in- jured," she said. "As we speak, 70 people will die today on our European roads. Let us combine our forces and our resources and put this money towards the improvement of our lives, not the destruction of our lives." Transport is also responsible for one quarter of CO2 emissions, she said, also entailing a huge cost to human health. "For too long we have favored improper mobility solutions," she said. "Society has surely evolved enough that we can pay attention and put money into solutions that can actually improve socioeconomic conditions." Key Goals for EU Transport Key aspirations for the European Commission now include genuinely safe mobility by 2050. Earlier this year in Malta, EU Member States endorsed the 'Vision Zero' strategy for all trans- port modes, i.e. zero fatalities on European roads. "Cooperative and automated driving, vehicle-to-vehicle technologies and vehicle-to- infrastructure technologies can all be good en- ablers of that," Bulc said. Another specific goal is mobility that does not pollute. The Commission is already targeting a 60% decrease in transport-related CO2 emis- sions, compared to 1990 levels. But Bulc said she wants to see another 'vision zero' target on the table. "I don't understand why in such a highly advanced high-tech world we cannot find the so- lutions that would simply drive emissions down to zero," she said. "Today, transport is still 94% oil based. Why? With all the technology that we have, with all the solutions that we have. So let's help companies transition and transform, be- cause this can be done in an evolutionary way and we can gain so much, all of us." Bulc enumerated another key goal for the Commission—inclusion. "This is another thrill that I get out of automated driving, that all of a sudden it is providing a way to bring the ex- cluded groups of society back into social life— elderly people, disabled people—and that is a very special emotional driver for me. "At the same time, people will be able to come together more easily, to connect and develop, get engaged and create a better society. All this implies not only new technologies but better or- ganization, new jobs and growth, and new and different social models." Harmonization and Interoperability In 2016, during an informal meeting of the EU Transport Council, ministers signed the " FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE FAVORED IMPROPER MOBILITY SOLUTIONS. SOCIETY HAS SURELY EVOLVED ENOUGH THAT WE CAN PAY ATTENTION AND PUT MONEY INTO SOLUTIONS THAT CAN ACTUALLY IMPROVE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS." Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport

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