Despite speedy technological advancements, of which citizens and the environment could benefit, the EU is still not properly prepared for the emerging industrial and digital revolution in the transport sector. Particularly, when it comes to using all the potential of connected car data, the EU is lagging behind the US and China.
Today the European Parliament plenary backed a report drafted by S&D MEP István Ujhelyi which calls for a swift introduction of interoperable Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) services throughout Europe. Such a system would lead to safer and more environmentally friendly traffic solutions for European citizens.
The author of the parliamentary report, István Ujhelyi, said:
“Together, we reached an extremely important milestone concerning C-ITS. Automation is knocking at the door and all vehicles should be able to communicate and be connected with each other and the infrastructure of C-ITS.
“We have mature technologies for C-ITS today and for the future; we support technological neutrality only with backward compatibility. This is the key element for secure and safe mobility all over Europe. I am a strong believer that the European Commission will understand the importance of connected car data.
“The Parliament calls on the European Commission to come forward with a regulatory proposal on access to car data by no later than the end of this year, to ensure a secure, consumer-friendly and competitive approach.“
S&D spokesperson on transport, Ismail Ertug MEP, said:
“C-ITS systems are an important step towards automated driving and will enhance road safety, not only for drivers but also for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. As data generated by these applications could contribute to better traffic management and urban planning, it is important that the European Commission draws up legislative action to ensure a consistent European approach.”