On April 14th Europe’s transport ministers have reached an agreement on cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving, during it's Innovation Expo in Amsterdam. In the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’, during it's Informal Transport Council organised by the Dutch Council presidency, all parties agreed to work together to ensure a successful deployment of these smart technologies across Europe.
The ministers agreed to promote a consistent legal framework for driverless driving throughout Europe; develop a policy to deal with connected and automated-vehicle data; work toward an internationally compatible vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure system; cooperate to ensure cyber security; and increase acceptance of connected and automated vehicle technologies.
The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, stated: "Today for the first time, we have talked at the European political level about self-driving vehicles and the measures required for their smooth introduction in Europe. We want to pick up the pace because there are many gains to be made for mobility. Connected and automated vehicles will make our roads safer, more sustainable and more efficient."
The European transport ministers were driven through Amsterdam in self-driving and highly automated vehicles that have been made available for this occasion under an exemption permitting them to drive on public roads. Some 20 cars were involved, made by: Volvo, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Jaguar, Landrover, Tesla, Renault, Peugeot/Citroen (PSA), Vedecom (FR) and finally the TNO/Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative (DAVI) by courtesy of TASS International for providing three of their TASS CarLabs.