CAD will enable European automobile industry to retain its competitive edge

UW CAD SpeechEUCAR Chairman participates in European Commission event on Connected and Automated Driving (CAD).

Earlier this month, the European Commission hosted its first conference on Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) here in Brussels. EUCAR’s Chairman, Urban Wass, was a guest speaker at this high-level conference, alongside Clara de la Torre, Director at DG Research and Innovation (RTD), Transport Directorate at the European Commission.

The event provided an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into pan-European activities in this area. For two days, EU leaders, CEOs and key road transport stakeholders discussed the role of research and innovation, the policy environment and how to accelerate the roll-out of CAD in Europe.“Connected and automated driving will enable the European automobile industry to retain its competitive edge, which has been created over the years with the support of framework programme projects,” stated Mr Wass. “Through these initiatives, an innovation-friendly environment has been developed, where all stakeholders can collaborate in pre-competitive research. This offers a huge advantage for Europe.”

The automobile industry is now preparing for large-scale implementation. “Before this can be realised however, further technological development, standardisation and a supportive regulatory framework will be needed,” concluded Mr Wass.