The European Commission has confirmed its support for the fast deployment of self-driving technologies in Europe.
It confirmed its support at the first European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) held in Brussels, Belgium, on 3-4 April.
The conference focused on the progress made in the development of automated road transport technologies such as advanced vehicle control, vehicle localisation systems, data processing, artificial intelligence (AI) or user interfaces, fostered by Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.
Carlos Moedas, commissioner for research, science and innovation, said: “Automated road transport is such a fast-moving and important area that it requires a co-ordinated and collaborative approach within and between the public and the private sphere.
“A vast range of sectors, from the automotive industry and road infrastructure to IT and telecoms, have a role to play in exploring this new frontier. That’s why this first European event is so important.”
The commission emphasised that it was crucial that the EU provided the right legal and regulatory framework, innovation friendly conditions and support to research projects, as well as large-scale trials.