Procedure : 2016/2632(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000004/2016

Texts tabled :

O-000004/2016 (B8-0358/2016)

Debates :

PV 14/04/2016 - 12
CRE 14/04/2016 - 12

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Parliamentary questions
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14 January 2016
Question for oral answer O-000004/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Ismail Ertug, Lucy Anderson, Francisco Assis, Georges Bach, Miriam Dalli, Isabella De Monte, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Merja Kyllönen, Miltiadis Kyrkos, Bogusław Liberadzki, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Markus Pieper, Herbert Reul, Olga Sehnalová, Claudia Tapardel, Pavel Telička, Kathleen Van Brempt, Wim van de Camp, Kosma Złotowski, Roberts Zīle, Gesine Meissner, Peter Simon, Gabriele Preuß, Susanne Melior, Kerstin Westphal, Norbert Neuser, Bernd Lange, Petra Kammerevert, Maria Noichl, Iris Hoffmann, Ulrike Rodust, Arne Lietz, Evelyne Gebhardt, Jens Geier, Jo Leinen, Joachim Schuster, Constanze Krehl, Udo Bullmann, Jutta Steinruck, Martina Werner, Michael Cramer, Jakob von Weizsäcker

 Subject: Autonomous driving
 Answer in plenary 

The automotive sector is currently undergoing rapid development. While advanced driver assistance systems have gradually been implemented and optimised over the last 10 years, the next step – partly autonomous driving – is about to be initiated. In 2016 the first car models equipped with partly-autonomous-driving features such as full self-parking, collision avoidance systems and traffic jam assistance will be introduced on the market. The first generation of fully autonomous vehicles is currently being developed by car manufacturers and system engineers with the general aim of introduction from 2030. In view of these rapid developments, the EU transport sector urgently needs to adapt to the new reality. In order to keep pace with market trends and to stay competitive vis-à-vis other regions around the world, the Commission will have to respond swiftly to legal, procedural and safety- and infrastructure-related challenges linked to autonomous driving. The Commission must address the following fundamental questions:

– Given that technology will increasingly take over fundamental responsibilities such as steering the vehicle, has the Commission investigated how existing liability law should be adjusted? More specifically, how does the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of 1968 need to be amended?

– Given that connectivity among autonomous vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructure will be crucial in order to ensure an unobstructed traffic flow, how does the Commission intend to address issues of data protection and cybersecurity?

– In view of the specific infrastructure needs of autonomous-driving vehicles, has the Commission considered the extent to which autonomous driving could be integrated into the current transport infrastructure of the Member States, and considered where additional strategic investments would be appropriate?

– Given that autonomous-driving vehicles require different testing and inspection procedures, does the Commission intend to adjust the existing legislation for vehicle type approval, such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regulations?

– Given the numerous fundamental issues raised above, has the Commission already started drawing up a strategy for autonomous driving in the EU? Would the Commission agree that, in light of the growing importance of autonomous driving, the early publication of a Green Paper is essential?

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