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Future Networked Car Symposium (FNC-2020)

On 5 March 2020, the Special Envoy delivered opening remarks at the Future Networked Car Symposium (FNC-2020) held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva.
Each year, beginning in 2005, the Symposium on the Future Networked Car (FNC) has brought together representatives of the automotive, information technology, and communications industries, along with government leaders, to discuss the status and future of vehicle communications and automated driving.

FNC 2020 panelists examined the latest advances in the areas of vehicle connectivity, cybersecurity, applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the global regulatory framework that will support deployment of more highly automated mobility solutions. The Symposium explored the relationships between vehicle communications and automated driving by analyzing the crucial role of the latest 5G connectivity technologies in delivering safer and more effective transport. Collaboration among the various standards bodies is essential to ensure a successful and speedy implementation, and this topic was in focus during the panel discussions.  

In his opening remarks, the Special Envoy explained the outcomes of the Stockholm Conference and declaration, and highlighted that a new approach is needed to significantly decrease road crashes. He outlined the importance of innovation and road transport technology development in bringing a world with zero crashes, especially for the youth whose number one cause of death is road traffic injuries. He called for an integrated system of infrastructure, vehicles and services which can be very promising from a safety point of view and save millions of lives. He urged to build transport systems with quality, safe, and worthy elements in order to achieve the vision of safe and sustainable transport. While technology is promising in curbing road deaths in the “developed world”, the Special Envoy reminded that there are parts of the world where even the basic technology, like safety belts, air bags, and electronic stability control are not available. More efforts are needed to bring lifesaving products to all parts of the world.   

The full post-Symposium interview to the Special Envoy is available here.