ITU Blog: Questions posed by the arrival of the Future Networked Car

Intelligent transport systems (ITS) and automated driving are fast moving towards widespread commercialization and market acceptance. High levels of automation – the penultimate step to fully automated driving – are expected on the road by 2020, holding great promise to improve road safety, reduce congestion and emissions, and increase the accessibility of personal mobility to the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The Symposium on the Future Networked Car within the Geneva International Motor Show, 5 March 2015, will bring together representatives of the automotive and ICT industries, governments and their regulators, and international automobile associations to analyze the status and future of ICTs’ integration in vehicles. The Symposium is organized by ITU in collaboration with the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

There are a range of questions to be considered en route to the commercial availability of connected, highly automated vehicles…

The connected lifestyle that we have become accustomed to is moving into our cars. Consumers are calling for their cars to provide a gateway to the Information Society, but how will this be achieved safely, without exacerbating driver distraction?

Networked cars will communicate with other vehicles, surrounding infrastructure, emergency services and more. Standardization could save the automotive industry billions of dollars in the long run, but what is the most appropriate means of engaging the myriad of relevant players in an open, impartial technical standardization effort?

Read the full text authored by Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

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