Automated vehicles

18-09-2017

Audi takes lead in automated driving, despite regulatory hurdles

German carmaker Audi is taking a lead in bringing more automated driving to roads, but rivals seem in no rush to follow while legal and regulatory uncertainties still cloud the technology.

24-08-2017

Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials

The British government has given the go-ahead for the first trials of convoys of semi-automated trucks on UK motorways.

14-04-2017

Germans ready to ditch cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes

German motorists are ready, in theory at least, to abandon their cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes, according to a new study. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

06-04-2017

EU Commission drives home merits of autonomous vehicles

Can driverless cars chauffeur people to a love of the EU? The European Commission is betting it can.

Road safety 30-03-2017

Commission sees ‘hope’ in small drop in number of road deaths

EU transport ministers have agreed on measures to reduce the number of serious road injuries and deaths in Europe, including reducing speed limits in cities down to 30 kilometres per hour.

Transport 31-01-2017

EU plans automatic braking system to clamp down on road deaths

The European Commission is considering introducing automatic braking systems on all new cars in an effort to reduce the number of road deaths. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 24-01-2017

Paris rolls out driverless bus service to fight pollution and congestion

Paris yesterday (23 January) launched its first driverless electric shuttle bus service, aiming to curb congestion and pollution that many Parisians blame for a whole raft of health complaints.

Digital 10-01-2017

EU plans first laws on robotics

A European Parliament committee will look Thursday (12 January) at a draft resolution relating to the regulation of robotics. The text could become the basis for the first European legislation on automation and robots. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Transport 30-11-2016

Commission wants manufacturers to build more internet-connected cars

The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connect vehicles published today (30 November).

Ansip: No ‘black and white’ fix to help police crack encryption

Andrus Ansip, the EU's tech policy chief, insisted today that he is against laws that weaken encryption technology, but also that there is no “black and white” solution to help law enforcement authorities access secured data in investigations.

Transport 18-11-2016

Bulgaria has the EU’s deadliest roads

Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia had the most road deaths per capita in the EU in 2015, tarnishing the EU's record on vehicle safety in a year when the number of people killed by vehicle crashes rose for the first time in almost twenty years.

Transport 27-10-2016

Commission: Women drivers are better than men

Women drivers are safer on roads and could help to fix Europe's bad record on vehicle-related deaths, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told reporters today (26 October).

Digital 26-10-2016

Commission wants EU space strategy to boost growth in data-hungry private sector

The European Commission wants to step up European companies' role in the space industry by making it easier to access data from satellites, which the executive hopes will help increasingly data-dependent areas like car manufacturing and agriculture.

Commission plans cybersecurity rules for internet-connected machines

The European Commission is getting ready to propose new legislation to protect machines from cybersecurity breaches, signalling the executive's growing interest in encouraging traditional European manufacturers to build more devices that are connected to the internet.

Transport 30-09-2016

Carmakers fear EU plans to ease data flows will help tech rivals

European car manufacturers are seeking full control over the data sent to them by connected vehicles they put on the road, and fear a move by Brussels that would impose sharing that data with rivals.

Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they’ll have to wait

Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.

How Oettinger surprised Brussels

Günther Oettinger has faced ridicule for his handling of EU tech policy since he took the job two years ago. But the digital Commissioner is finally getting some credit, and winning praise from some corners for a major overhaul of telecoms law.

Beijing pushes for innovation to boost global growth

China will host the G20 summit on 4-5 September in Hangzhou, in the midst of a joint public-private innovation effort to counter the economic crisis.

Commission asked to fund cross-border tests of driverless cars

Telecoms operators and car manufacturers have asked the European Commission to put money into a major, four-year project running driverless cars between EU member states, in the first test of the new technology between more than one country.

Digital 10-06-2016

EU considers new insurance laws for driverless cars

The European Commission is trying to figure out whether insurance laws should be changed to cover crashes caused by driverless cars. With no human in control of the cars, insurance companies are already rethinking who will be liable for the new technology.

EU regulators take tough approach to net neutrality

Europe's telecoms operators will have to justify giving priority to certain services on their network, according to new EU regulatory guidelines in a move likely to disappoint an industry hoping for more leeway so they can boost revenues.

Digital 18-05-2016

Car industry frustrated by Commission ‘disorganisation’ on driverless vehicles

Car industry lobbyists are complaining that in-house divisions at the European Commission are delaying technologies like driverless cars from getting onto European streets.

Bulc wants truck drivers to get paid a minimum wage

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants to stop companies that use legal loopholes to underpay truck drivers. The executive says social dumping is rampant among truckers who drive between multiple countries every month—and Bulc wants to clamp down this year.

Digital 13-04-2016

Member states divided over driverless car agreement

Transport ministers from EU countries are slated to sign a joint declaration on driverless vehicles tomorrow (14 April), but squabbles between member states have made the agreement a sensitive subject.