EATA inks MOU with the 5GAA and set to launch first connected and automated driving EU wide test this year

EATA (European Automotive Telecom Alliance) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 5GAA (5G Automotive Association), a global association bringing together the automotive and ICT industries on the vehicle and road transportation systems field.
The aim is improving the global cooperation in these matters including the connected and and self driving vehicles area.

Leaving aside thi MOU, that will enhance global cooperation in the private industry side,
EATA has also presented at the Mobile World Congress, a deployment roadmap for connected and automated driving, including its pilot projects (eg. CONCORDA) and its on-going regulatory dialogue.
The Mobile World Congress is currently being held in Barcelona from 27th February to 3rd March.

Testing of connected and automated driving functionalities, to kick off in 2017

EATA will start off first testing of connected and automated driving functionalities
in 2017 spanning 5 EU countries: Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain.
Other European countries along the TEN-T corridors are expected to join the project at a later stage.

During this first phase, companies will test applications such as highway chauffeur, truck platooning and telecommunication network functionalities including network slicing, hybrid communications and LTE broadcasting.

From 2018 onwards, functionalities such as valet parking and detailed deployment of automated driving will take the centre stage. This will include testing cross-border motorways networks across the European Union.

EATA comprises six sectorial associations: ACEA, CLEPA, ETNO, ECTA, GSMA and GSA. Together they represent 38 leading European companies, including telecom operators, vendors, automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers.

EATA During a roundtable discussion chaired by European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and in the presence of Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, the telecoms and automotive industries reported the latest technology developments and the corresponding societal and economic benefits for European citizens.

CONCORDA Project applies for EU funding

EATA members have submitted a project on connected and automated driving called CONCORDA, that is worth around €48 million and asked for €24million in co-founding from the Connected Europe Facility (CEF). CEF is an EU financial instrument to support trans-European networks and infrastructures in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors.

CONCORDA aims at enhancing and upgrading the environment for existing pilot projects for three main use cases: automated highway chauffeur, truck platooning and automated collision avoidance functionalities.

The project aims to identify the potential of hybrid, safe and secure communications and digital infrastructures, as well as tackling challenges it these fields.

With connectivity technologies developing so rapidly, it becomes increasingly important to test the several communication technologies available, such as ETSI ITS-G5, cellular based 3G/4G/LTE, pre5G LTE-V and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) . This is the need behind CONCORDA.

The active members of the project CONCORDA include 5 EU Member States (Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, Belgium), 9 leading companies from the telecoms industry (Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Vodafone, Telefonica, KPN, Eurofiber, Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson), 13 leaders from the automotive industry (Ford, Hyundai, PSA, Renault, BMW, Daimler, Toyota, VW, Autoliv, Continental, Denso, CRF, BOSCH) as well as other organisations from the broader ecosystem (Kapsh, NXP, ICCS, CTAG, iMec and KU Leuven).

Europe wide regulation, another key need, but not in excess

The upcoming Digital Day on 23 March in Rome in the margins of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the European Union, with participation of the European Commission, EU Transport and Communication Ministers and High-level industry representatives is expected to further step up the commitment to cross-border initiatives in Europe on connected and automated driving.

EATA points that with investment efforts in Europe’s digital networks underway, the EU should ensure that investment requirements are supported by the necessary regulatory certainty. Broadband investment is a main driver of extensive societal and economic benefits.

Despite regulation is needed overregulation can be as hindering as the lack of legal norms.

EATA underscores that trust, security and consumer protection are at the core of the industry efforts to ensure the adoption of new products. Innovative services and data analytics will be driving forces of car connectivity and automation, that’s why EATA thinks EU should avoid overregulation of privacy and ensure the effective flow of data.

Image over the headline.- BMW connected drive at Mobile World Congress 2017. © BMW

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