The 28 Ministers of transport of the European countries met on 14 April last in Amsterdam in order to define the strategy of the Union towards the development of the autonomous car. What history will record as the Declaration of Amsterdam. The goal is stimulating the development of the autonomous car to reduce the number of victims on European roads i.e. 26,000 deaths and 135, 000 injuries that cost the 28 European States about 100 billion euros each year. Policies join industrialists in the autonomous car race.
A score of autonomous and semi-autonomous cars travelled to Amsterdam on 14 April to mark the signing of the joint declaration of 28 Ministers of transport Europeans. Renault took the opportunity to unveil its Renault space Autonomous Drive demonstrator, but Volvo, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Tesla, Peugeot/Citroën (PSA) travel, as well as research institutes were Vedecom and the TNO/Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative (DAVI).
The declaration signed April 14 defines a certain number of points. On the one hand the Ministers committed themselves to put in place a legal framework to allow the autonomous driving on European roads. These will notably have elaborate rules regarding data collected on these cars connected and autonomous. In addition, they will have to put in place communication systems (vehicle-to-vehicle) V2V and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure). Finally, Europeans have announced their willingness to cooperate on the issue of cybersecurity.
If the Declaration of Amsterdam shows that European politicians are finally in the interest for the autonomous car, but their agreement, as solemn though it remains at the level of the letter of intent and does not set a specific agenda on the implementation of the autonomous car on the continent.