Brussels, 30 September 2016

The newly formed European Automotive-Telecom Alliance has put ERTICO as the Project Coordinator and Administrator of the newly connected and automated driving project.

Today at a Round Table on Connected and Automated Driving initiated and chaired by Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the automotive and telecom industries formally announced the creation of Europe’s first Automotive-Telecom Alliance. The main goal of this Alliance is to promote the wider deployment of connected and automated driving in Europe. The first concrete step is the advance of a “Pre-Deployment Project” aimed at testing three major use-case categories: automated driving, road safety and traffic efficiency, and digitalisation of transport and logistics.

Tests will identify and address both technological and regulatory issues. The project will tackle interoperability issues as well as infrastructure investment to address connectivity needs, and the improving of safety and security. At the same time, pilot projects will help to elaborate the basic business models that both sectors can start deploying when investing in these technologies.

In terms of coordination and administration, the Alliance has appointed ERTICO as Project Manager. So far, the initiative involves the following Member States: Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.

The Alliance is working towards finalising the details of the Pre-Deployment Project by December 2016.

Read the press release issued today by ACEA, CLEPA, ETNO, ECTA, GSMA and GSA eu-automotive-telecom-alliance-30-9-2016-final