ITU Blog: International cooperation must drive autonomous cars

Imagine a world where you can relax in your car, while it is driving by itself. Where elderly people can remain mobile and where your car will park itself when you tell it to. Imagine a world where we have drastically reduced the number of traffic accidents. This world may not be that far away. While the motor industry’s 120-year history is an impressive succession of innovation, we are standing before what could be the biggest quantum leap forward in automotive technology in history.

Recent developments in automated driving and broader ‘intelligent transport systems’ were in focus at the Symposium on the Future Networked Car within the Geneva International Motor Show, an event co-organized by UNECE and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The event launched the March celebrations for ITU’s 150th anniversary, focusing on ‘Innovation and Intelligent Transport Systems’.

Over the past months, barely a week has passed without automakers or technology companies announcing their plans to develop self-driving, or autonomous cars. The technology is developing fast, with these new cars being tried and tested from California to Singapore. Now, we must work together to create the legal and physical infrastructure to fully realize this technology.

Read the full text authored by Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

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