During the week from Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd, the 81st session of the ECE Inland Transport Committee took place, featuring participants from all over the world, and from the European Commission, International Institutions, Governments, Industry, Academia, NGO.
This year, the focus was on Automation in Transport, the transformational consequences of the so- called Fourth Industrial Revolution on the way world moves and connects.
On Monday 18th, the kick-off moment featured a joint meeting between the two ECE Fora (Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) dealing with automated vehicles and their safe deployment in traffic.
At this link (follow Special Session page) the agenda indicating the four thematic panels, together with the power points presentations given by Prof. Bryant Walker Smith, University of South Carolina, EU Commission (DG GROWTH) and Prof. Bruce Mehler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
On the following day, the policy segment approaching the issue of automation across all the other transport modes. The opening speeches were given by HE Mrs. Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary and the UN SG Special envoy for Road Safety Mr. Jean Todt and the Sustainable Transport Division Director Mr. Yuwei Li, who chaired the Panel.
Matthew Baldwin, the European Coordinator for Road Safety, took the EC contribution among the several high profile speakers who took the floor to underline the importance of paying the right regulatory attention to the fast paced automation in transport, in order to make it beneficial for all the countries across the world, by considering the different challenges in optimizing the SDG concept of safe, inclusive and sustainable mobility.
A Ministerial Resolution on “Enhancing Cooperation, Harmonization and Integration in the Era of Transport Digitalization and Automation” was endorsed by the distinguished attendees.
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