Automobile industry explores passenger car connectivity

Brussels, 4 December 2014 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has brought together key industry stakeholders and policy makers to review the opportunities and challenges related to passenger car connectivity. The conference explored how automotive connectivity technologies could revolutionise personal mobility, as well as examining some of the challenges faced in rolling out connected cars.

ACEA President Carlos Ghosn, European Commissioner for Digital Society and Economy Günther Oettinger, and Director General of European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport João Aguiar Machado each gave their respective views on the future of passenger car connectivity during the conference.

During his opening address during the event, President Ghosn, who is also CEO of Renault, said “Our industry already is working with technology companies and other players as we embrace connectivity and more advanced concepts of mobility. To continue moving towards the car of the future, our industry is developing partnerships with policymakers, universities, infrastructure providers, start-ups, established tech companies, telecoms and service providers.”

Mr Ghosn highlighted some of the benefits of connectivity to consumers adding, “Connectivity means driving will become considerably safer. It also means more efficient mobility by reducing unproductive time during driving – such as when you are stuck in slow traffic. We all have in common the need for more time, and the ability to make the most effective and pleasant use of that time. As an industry, we can use connected technologies to respond to that need.”

Remarks by many of the panellists illuminated the potential for smart connectivity to improve the management of traffic congestion in cities and help address the challenge of reducing emissions more effectively. Industry representatives in attendance also emphasised their commitment to privacy and data protection.

ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert concluded, “In Europe we need a supportive, predictable framework that enables manufacturers and suppliers to provide the best possible experience to drivers.”

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About ACEA

ACEA’s members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Opel Group, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.

Facts about the EU automobile industry

  • Some 12.7 million people - or 5% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 10.3% of EU's manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for €388 billion in tax contribution in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €32.3 billion invested annually.
  • The automotive sector contributes significantly to the EU trade balance with a €95 billion surplus.

For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45; +32 485 88 66 47