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Autonomous Vehicles: Full speed ahead towards sustainable and digital mobility?


Autonomous Vehicles: Full speed ahead towards sustainable and digital mobility?


With the evolution of digital technologies, such as robotics, internet of things, artificial intelligence, high-performance computers and powerful communication networks, vehicles in general, and cars in particular, are changing. Consequently, EU policies and legislation related to digital technology, liability, data use, privacy and radio spectrum/connectivity are of increasing relevance to the transport sector.

The European Commission's strategy on Connected and Automated Mobility aims to make Europe a world leader in the development and deployment of connected and automated vehicles. These vehicles can bring down the number of road fatalities to near zero; increase accessibility of mobility services; and help to reduce harmful emissions from transport by making traffic more efficient.

Under the Horizon Europe programme, research and innovation on Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility is a key priority. By leveraging the digitalisation of transport with smart, shared, connected and automated mobility systems and together with the European Green Deal, Europe is set to lead the twin digital and green transition towards becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

EU values and principles are also at the core of these new technologies to ensure their ethical use and positive impact. But new risks are emerging in the transition phase, such as the functioning of highly automated vehicles in mixed traffic and the interaction between human beings and the vehicle.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how long it will take until autonomous vehicles become the norm, and what is delaying progress. Questions to be discussed include:

- Can the existing infrastructure be adapted to accommodate autonomous vehicles?
- What are the most efficient technologies that can be deployed in a sustainable and ethical manner for making autonomous driving an everyday reality?
- Is there harmonisation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) across Europe, such as data standardisation and the extension of digital infrastructure, to ensure a seamless service for road users and to prepare for autonomous vehicles?
- Are users aware of, and ready for, the challenges, like roads with mixed driver and driverless traffic?


Supported by:




Mark Boris Andrijanic, Minister of Digital Transformation, Government of the Republic of Slovenia

Geert Van Der Linden, Policy Officer Sustainable and Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission
Henna Virkkunen MEP, Member ITRE and TRAN Committees, European Parliament
Stefan Deix, Director EUCAR (European Council for Automotive R&D)
Dr Maciej Wielgosz, Researcher, CVC Computer Vision Center, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Department, Barcelona, Spain
Johannes Springer, Director-General, 5GAA


Mariam Zaidi, Journalist, EURACTIV


14:30 – 14:35 Welcome
14:35 – 14:50 Panellist statements
14:50 – 15:40 Discussion and Q&A
15:40 – 15:45 Closing statements


Ana Alexandrescu

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