Connected and automated driving across Europe has taken a step further with news of the formal creation of a new alliance between EU automotive and telecommunications companies.
The Automotive-Telecom Alliance was announced at a roundtable meeting on Connected and Automated Driving, initiated and chaired by Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (seen here (right) with ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert).
The Alliance includes six leading associations and 37 international companies, including telecom operators, vendors, automobile manufacturers and suppliers for both cars and trucks.
The main goal of the new Alliance is to promote the wider deployment of connected and automated driving in Europe.
The first concrete step is the advancement of a “Pre-Deployment Project” aimed at testing three major categories:
- Automated driving – including high-density platooning, remote controlled parking, highway chauffeur and high-definition maps;
- Road safety and traffic efficiency – including traffic optimisation for smart cities;
- Digitalisation of transport and logistics – including remote sensing and data management.
The tests will identify and address both technological and regulatory issues for each of the three subject areas.
Among other important elements, the pre-deployment project will look at inter-operability issues as well as infrastructure investment to address connectivity needs, and the growing needs for safety and security.
At the same time, pilot projects will be set up to help identify the basic business models that both sectors can start deploying when investing in these technologies.
Funding will be crucial, and the Alliance is setting up a dedicated task force to ensure that pilot projects can count on the necessary resources and the cooperation of public authorities, which are both prerequisites to the success of the project.
In terms of coordination and administration, the Alliance has appointed ERTICO (Europe’s Intelligent Transport Systems Partnership), as project manager.
So far, the initiative has involved the following EU Member States: Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.
The Alliance is working towards finalising the details of its pre-deployment project by December 2016.
The six association members of the new Alliance are as follows:
- ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, representing the15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers.
- CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, including 116 of the world's most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 23 National trade associations and European sector associations.
- ETNO, the voice of Europe’s telecommunications network operators since 1992 and the principal policy group for European electronic communications network operators.
- ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, the pan-European pro-competitive trade association that represents over 100 of the leading telecoms operators across Europe.
- GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.
Participating companies include most of the leading European car makers:
- BMW Group
- DAF Trucks
- Deutsche Telekom
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- Ford of Europe
- Hyundai Motor Europe
- Jaguar Land Rover
- MAN Truck & Bus
- Opel Group
- Post Luxembourg
- PSA Group
- Renault Group
- Toyota Motor Europe
- Volkswagen Group
- Volvo Cars
- Volvo Group
Initial project work, which is expected to start in 2017, will include two main phases. A first phase, to run until 2019, will involve tests on available communication technologies, such as LTE - Long-Term Evolution - (4G) technology.
A second phase, to run until 2021, will be based on both 4G and 5G technologies, bearing in mind that different functionalities have different network requirements.
The project will also look at a series of crucial requirements to ensure that connected and automated driving results in a safer, more efficient and ultimately richer user experience.
For this reason, aspects such as safety, cyber-security and protection of personal data, quality of service and network latency (speed), will be prioritised and addressed during the different user case study and functionality testing.
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