The automotive sector is currently undergoing a rapid development as autonomous vehicles and alternative fuels and powertrains are on the rise.
In view of these fundamental changes, the EU transport sector urgently needs to adapt to the new realities. It is certainly inevitable that in order to keep pace with market trends and to stay competitive vis à vis other regions around the world, the European Commission will have to swiftly respond to legal, procedural, safety- market- and infrastructure-related challenges linked to autonomous driving and clean alternative vehicles.
Therefore, in October 2016, Ismail Ertug established the Driving Future Platform to foster exchange between policymakers and stakeholders on the complex subject of automated and connected driving. While initially only aiming at the subject of automating, since 2018 the scope is shifting to more general aspects of future mobility: future fuels and powertrains, changing urban mobility and challenges for other modes of transport. In the series of events so far, we discussed the issues of road safety, liability, data protection, infrastructure and acceptance of autonomous driving in society.
In our events, representatives of industry and society, as well as the European institutions come together to debate one specific issue related to the challenges of future mobility. The aim of each event is firstly, to encourage dialogue and secondly, to extract the main messages for both policymakers and the industry.