Ministers, EU policymakers and auto industry push for connected and automated driving

Amsterdam, 14 April 2016 – Europe’s transport ministers, the European Commission and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have reached an agreement on cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving. In the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’, endorsed during today’s Informal Transport Council organised by the Dutch EU Presidency, all parties agreed to work together to ensure a successful deployment of these smart technologies across Europe.

Speaking at the Transport Council, Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of ACEA stated: “Connected and automated driving is an important part of our response to future mobility challenges, in terms of balancing the growing demand for transport and mobility with environmental protection and increased safety. But even though this revolution is shaping our industry at a rapid pace, there are many challenges on the road ahead.”

To overcome these challenges, it will be essential to adapt traffic rules, improve the digital infrastructure, establish clear rules about liability, secure people’s personal data, increase funding for research and innovation, and promote operational testing.

“Our industry welcomes the Declaration of Amsterdam as an important milestone that promotes much-needed cooperation between automobile manufacturers, national governments and the EU institutions,” Jonnaert added.

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.”

After the Transport Council meeting, Mr Jonnaert, the transport ministers and European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, were driven through Amsterdam in self-driving and highly automated vehicles. These cutting-edge cars, many provided by ACEA’s members, showcased various levels of automation – from hands-off driving in traffic jams to self-parking vehicles – and the latest connectivity technology.


Notes for editors

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 14.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.7 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €74 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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