Clear view on automated mobility
Closely followed by this year’s Transport Research Arena, Vienna was the meeting point for the international Connected and Automated Driving Community. With the “Interactive Symposium on Research & Innovation for Connected and Automated Driving in Europe” a two-day-event from 19th to 20th April, merged international Stakeholders, Experts and Projects for discourse and debate. The event was Co-organised by the CARTE and SCOUT initiatives and supported by the European Commission as well as AustriaTech.
With an all-embracing approach all highly-relevant topics on connected and automated driving were addressed to consolidate knowledge for different audience. Sessions on Artificial Intelligence, In-Vehicle enablers, Legal and Regulatory frameworks or Human Factors are only a few to be named. It quickly became visible, that no one size fits all, regarding the upcoming challenges. With safety and security as the essential pre-requisite it must be realized that the goals are going beyond that: Environmental benefits, Social inclusion or increased efficiency.
Developing an European Narrative
A discipline that still largely deals with research and testing, must find answers for the next steps and a common narrative to lead the way. That is why meeting and unifying European efforts matter. Coordinating Goals, asking the right questions and thinking in a comprehensive framework needs to stay in focus. For example, how do you create a common regulatory framework that combines environmental, safety, economic and user perspectives? How can we decide whether or not a company is trustworthy? Who will be in charge to investigate accidents of fully automated vehicles? How does the user want to use technology?
Those questions need to be addressed early while research is still in progress. Only this way European research and economic achievements will be fruitful and competitive. The CARTRE Symposium was therefore a very important opportunity, especially for Austrian Stakeholders regarding their future activities. For the future we learned that the boarders between research, testing and deployment are blurring. We have to handle the challenges simultaneously. From safe vehicles to safe operations.
The next European Connected and Automated Driving Conference will take place from 2-3 April 2019 in Brussels.
Further information on this series of events can be found at: https://connectedautomateddriving.eu/