Europe changes gear on connected and automated transport. 29 European countries, Members of the European Union and of the European Economic Area, have signed a Letter of Intent to intensify cooperation on testing of automated road transport in cross border test sites. This initiative drives forward the plans of the Commission's strategy to build a European Data Economy announced in January 2017.

Creating cross border pilots and jointly addressing data transmission and liability will give the EU automotive, tech and telecoms industries the advantage of a harmonised and unified market of 500 million consumers. It will also help the automotive industry maintain its global lead in the area of connected and automated cars.

At the end of last year, the automotive and telecom industries have joined forces in the European Alliance of Telecoms and Automotive to develop intelligent cross-border testing of what connectivity and automation offer for road transport in real traffic conditions.

Connected Automated Driving Conference

The European Commission hosts a high-level conference in Brussels on 3rd and 4th April 2017. Major road transport stakeholders – automotive and telecom industry, users, road operators, public transport operators, regulators, research centres, universities and representatives of both EC and EU Member States – are invited to attend.

Participants will be able to network and discuss on how to boost the development and deployment of connected and automated driving technologies from a fourfold perspective: transport policy issues; technological challenges; legal and regulatory frame, and digital transformation.