Trilateral EU-US-Japan WG on Automation in Road Transportation – Meeting 14 January 2016

A Trilateral EU-US-JPN ART WG meeting was held in Washington DC, USA, on 14 January 2016. Over 30 attendees representing US, Japan, and EU viewpoints participated  in the one-day session covering regional updates and discussions on areas for further co-operation.

Maxime Flament, representing the European side gave a short overview of activities prioritized by the European Union such as the C-ITS initiative, the Digital Single Market (DSM) priority, and the European funding calls.  He also so highlighted that 2017 will see a number of large-scale pilot projects running on platoons as well as opportunities for digital infrastructure. he also introduced the activities of the Dutch EU presidency (first half of 2016) including the European Truck Platooning Challenge set to start off in April 2016.

Kevin Dopart, from US DOT gave a brief overview on activities in the US. One of the highlights was the Smart City Challenge launched in December as well as priorities on projects related to the topic of Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment.

Hajime Amano, Japan, provided a short summary of the most recent SIP-adus workshop held in October. The workshop featured presentations on Dynamic maps, Connected Vehicles, Security, Impact assessment, Human factors and Next generation of transport featuring speakers coming from a variety of backgrounds providing insight into the challenges faced in deploying automated driving

The second half of the day featured updates and extensive discussion on the various co-operation areas of impact assessment (field test harmonization) and digital infrastructure, along with decisions from the working group  to set up a number of new co-operation areas as well such as cyber security.

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