The G7 transport ministers and the European Commissioner for Transport claim that they will jointly support the developments in the field of automated and connected driving to make a significant contribution towards increasing road safety and improved mobility worldwide. Fundamental issues related to the harmonization of the regulatory framework or the role and obligations of drivers will need to be addressed.
From 16 to 18 September 2015, the transport ministers of the G7 States met during the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. In the resulting “G7 declaration on automated and connected driving”, the transport ministers of the G7 States and the European Commissioner for Transport claim they will jointly support the developments in the field of automated and connected driving with the objective of making a significant contribution towards increasing road safety and improved mobility worldwide. However, they consider that it will not be possible to fully harness their potential, unless appropriate steps to establish a harmonized regulatory framework are taken to enable the safe deployment of these innovative technologies across national borders. Fundamental issues regarding the role and obligations of drivers will have to be resolved and it will be essential to make automated and connected driving technologies reliable enough in a timely manner so that they are safe in every respect, according to the declaration.
With regards to automated driving, the G7 transport ministers and the European Commissioner for Transport agree that the following aspects are of outstanding significance and will require sustained cooperation between them: coordinating research, promoting international standardization within an international regulatory framework, evolving the technical regulations and ensuring data protection and cyber security. They also agree in that revising, as appropriate, regulations applicable in the G7 states, and those established under the agreements administered by the UN World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (Working Party 29) is of crucial importance. The transport ministers of the G7 and the European Commissioner for Transport anticipate that higher automation functions are likely to be first used on near motorway standard roads. Based on the lessons learned there, they consider that it will be then likely to gradually find its way into more complex fields of application and ultimately also be deployed in urban and regional transport.
The transport ministers of G7 states and the European Commissioner for Transport will jointly encourage the developments in the field of automated and connected driving and exploit the opportunities for growth and prosperity that are inherent in the mobility of the future. They also consider that these developments could be combined with the promotion of smart and sustainable transportation systems, including walking and biking, and the use of clean vehicles that can also contribute to a more sustainable road transport.