30.11.2016 Europe wants to reinforce efforts for automated cars

  • The European Commission proposes a connected mobility strategy
  • 68 per cent of drivers are willing to hand over to the autopilot at times
  • In Germany, together with Audi, BMW and Daimler, a digital hub for the future of mobility is being built in Munich

Berlin, 30. November - Europe wants to significantly increase the pace in the race for an international leading position in connected mobility and automated cars. The strategy for cooperative and intelligent transport systems presented today by the EU Commission is, according to the German digital association Bitkom, an important step. The strategy provides for uniform standards and a coordinated approach in the Member States to get intelligent and connected vehicles on the road by 2019. Among other things, the technical basis for warnings in dangerous situations such as slow or stationary vehicles on the road or extreme weather conditions are to be created quickly. This includes indications of the ideal pace for a "green wave" in urban transport, or a connected and cooperative navigation between modes of transport for the best possible traffic flow. "With the strategy outlined today, the EU Commission is showing that Europe must, but also wants to significantly increase its efforts in connected mobility," said Bitkom CEO Bernhard Rohleder. "The strategy emphasizes that it is not just a matter of technical infrastructure and the corresponding vehicles, but that on top of the technology a data layer with real-time driving information must be created, which is the prerequisite for new business models but also for safe, efficient and resource-conserving traffic."

In Germany, following a Bitkom initiative, a digital hub is currently being developped for the mobility of the future in Munich. The aim is to bring together in one place the big companies in the sector, SMEs and start-ups as well as universities, research institutions and investors. The incubator EntrepreneurTUM, founded by businesswoman Susanne Klatten and Europe-wide leading, is a major contributor to the Munich Mobility Hub, which is part of the nationwide "Digital Hubs Germany" initiative. The hub is also supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Transport and the City of Munich. "With Audi, BMW and Daimler, three global players from the automotive sector are already on board at the Mobility hub. In Munich, we will set the foundation for Germany, as the world's number one automobile nation, for not only mastering the digital transformation of the industry, but also shaping and driving it, "says Rohleder. The Mobility hub fits perfectly into the EU strategy on connected mobility.

According to a Bitkom survey, many drivers already want support from intelligent and connected vehicles. One in five car drivers (19 per cent) would be willing to leave control to their cars in flowing traffic on the highway. In urban transport, 17 percent would do this and 5 percent even during the entire trip. As expected, the readiness is highest in low-speed driving situations, ie parking (64 percent) or motorway traffic jams (46 percent). Overall, 7 out of 10 drivers (68 per cent) would give control to an autopilot in the vehicle in certain situations.

Note on the methodology: The data is based on a representative survey carried out by Bitkom Research on behalf of the digital association Bitkom. 1004 Germans from 14 years on were interviewed, including 746 drivers.