Opening yesterday’s conference, EUCAR Chairwoman Anke Kleinschmit, Vice President Group Research and Chief Environment Officer of Daimler, stressed that the world of mobility and transport is transforming rapidly. The digital world is changing the needs of consumers and new modes of mobility are arising. In this context, hybrid innovations become more and more important. With products and services increasingly becoming more integrated, stakeholders have to work closely together to provide mobility services to a digitising society.
Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, underlined that “it is time to act. Close cross-sector cooperation is needed to conquer global markets with digital innovations.”
As the position of the vehicle within a network becomes crucial, EUCAR members are ready to address future challenges by improving capacity and sharing know-how through collaboration.
Manuela Soares, Director for Transport at DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, took the opportunity to share her thoughts on the role of automated vehicles in a connected world. Soares emphasised that “in Horizon 2020 we will be expanding funding for research on connected and automated driving. Automated road transport is seen as a key priority in the transport research programme.”
Renowned blogger Sascha Pallenberg gave a thought-provoking presentation on how mobility solutions can help meet tomorrow’s societal challenges. Maarten Steinbuch, Professor in Systems and Control at Eindhoven University of Technology, shared valuable insights with the audience during his ‘Smart cars on innocent roads’ speech.
EUCAR provided participants with a platform to exchange thoughts on R&I needs and ideas through a series of networking events which concluded the conference.