European Commission Releases Strategy for Cooperative, Connected, Automated Mobility
Commission aims to begin deployment in 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2016 – On Nov. 30, 2016, the European Commission (EC) released a strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). The strategy offers step-by-step guidance for coordinated deployment of connected and automated vehicles across the European Union. The initial phase, which is slated to begin in 2019, includes the installation of hazardous location notifications, such as slow or stationary vehicle(s) and traffic ahead warnings, road work warnings, weather conditions, etc. It also prescribes signage applications, including in-vehicle speed limits, signal violation/intersection safety, traffic signal priority request by designated vehicles and green light optimal speed advisory.
European policymakers, similar to U.S. policymakers, have been under pressure to keep up with emerging vehicle technologies. Current state and federal laws do not cover many of the new vehicle technologies. In addition to the specifics of how to deal with the new technologies, policymakers also have to address cybersecurity and privacy concerns. For example, automotive service and collision repair professionals may need to have stronger security networks in place so that access to customer driving data is not compromised when repairing vehicles.
States and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are developing policies for new vehicle technologies. It is likely that autonomous vehicle policy will be at the forefront of many state legislatures’ agendas in 2017. In addition to federal guidelines, some states are moving forward with legislative proposals. New vehicle technology policies in Europe will be part of the policy debate in the United States.
With plans to begin a coordinated launch of C-ITS services by 2019, the strategy identifies several key points to be addressed prior to deployment, which include:
- Defining common minimum requirements for the basic C-ITS services, validated by all relevant stakeholders
- Developing a fully-fledged common compliance assessment process for all key elements to ensure the continuity of C-ITS services and take into account potential service extensions
- Promoting the convergence and coordination of C-ITS development and deployment activities in cooperation with international partners and initiatives
The EC’s strategy speaks to the security and privacy concerns associated with a large scale C-ITS framework. The strategy suggests requiring service providers to offer transparent terms and conditions to end-users, “using clear and plain language and in easily accessible forms, enabling them to give their consent for the processing of their personal data.” The Commission also plans to publish first guidance regarding data protection by design and by default, specifically related to C-ITS, in 2018. To read the full text of the EC strategy, please click here.
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News Bulletin 16.41