A letter of intent has been signed by 29 European countries, in which they promise to support the implementation and cooperation on cross-border initiatives for connected and automated driving (CAD). The intention is to increase cross-border collaborations to ensure secure and reliable connected and automated vehicle communications and systems.
They aim to conduct and facilitate research, tests, and large-scale demonstrations on digital technologies, as well as cross-border experimentation and deployment, for CAD. Notably, they also aim to support the development of shared practices and common building blocks as well as support the availability of a frequency spectrum.
In the letter, the European ministers acknowledge the importance of cross-border cooperation and the need for CAD to develop in a “learning-by-experience approach.” In addition, they acknowledge the need to better assess the potential synergies among various automation functionalities and connectivity technologies, including the European version of DSRC, ITS-G5, long-term evolution (LTE), and the fifth-generation cellular standards, as well as the relevance of considering additional links between CAD and other digital technology areas, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity.
The countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Full article: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2017