G7 Declaration on Automated and Connected Driving

Frankfurt, September 17, 2015
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Digitalization is about to usher in a historic revolution in the field of mobility automated and connected driving. Mobility will assume a completely new dimension. The vehicle will turn into the "third place", i.e. into another important connected place in peoples lives alongside their homes and offices. Driving will evolve from an activity that is necessary for getting from A to B into a new, productive time window. Real-time vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure data communication will make traffic flows predictable, combat congestion and reduce the number of accidents. By connecting them with their surroundings, vehicles will become fully digitalized mobility, information and communications platforms. Automated and connected driving will have a major impact on the traditional perception of road transport. The transport ministers of the G7 states and the European Commissioner for Transport are fully aware of these potential impacts and influence of automated and connected driving on society as a whole.

The mobility of the future will be safe, secure, clean, efficient and more accessible and will present an enormous potential for growth and prosperity. Automated and connected driving can significantly improve traffic flows, reduce the incidence of critical situations, optimize the handling of corresponding scenarios, relieve the pressure on drivers and aid the environment by reducing emissions, generate added value and create new jobs. These developments indeed contribute to a more sustainable road transport encouraged by the transport ministers of the G7 States and the European Commissioner for Transport. As market penetration grows and the degree of automation rises, the benefits that can be derived from these developments will increase.

In these respects, the transport ministers of the G7 States and the European Commissioner for Transport jointly support the developments in the field of automated and connected driving with the objective of making a significant contribution towards increasing road safety and improved mobility worldwide.

Source: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur