Press Release: Taking stock of Commercial Space Applications, between Transformation, Fusion and Competition

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently sponsored the 23rd Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and the 35th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), two of the most influential technical conferences on satellite systems, which were held jointly in Trieste, Italy, on 16-19 October 2017.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (22 November 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of amendments  is now available.

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (23 November 2017)

The agenda items include information from the Commission on the EU-China Connectivity Platform, a continuation of examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” and an examination of the final Presidency compromise text on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and on the performance of the European GNSS Agency”.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Civil Law Rules on Robotics (21 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (20 November 2017)

A summary of the committee’s debate on the consideration of amendments is now available.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Mission report following the visit of the Committee on Legal Affairs to Silicon Valley, USA (21 November 2017)

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (27-28 November 2017)

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Briefing: Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0) and Cybersecurity

The digitalisation of manufacturing industry, i.e. employing in depth digital technologies for the performance of good production raises additional cybersecurity questions. Currently EU cybersecurity policies are mainly targeting network security and large infrastructures of public interest, with little emphasis on the needs of a digitised industry. Still, recent policy developments do provide framework of possibly covering these needs.

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Press Release: Defining and securing the Internet of Things: ENISA publishes a study on how to face cyber threats in critical information infrastructures

The study which is titled ‘Baseline Security Recommendations for Internet of Things in the context of critical information infrastructures’, aims to set the scene for IoT security in Europe. It serves as a reference point in this field  and as a foundation for relevant forthcoming initiatives and developments. The ENISA report was developed in cooperation with the ENISA IoT Security Experts Group and additional key stakeholders.

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Press Release: Central role for robust GNSS in autonomous driving

Scientists and researchers participating at the final event of the EU-funded SaPPART COST Action (‘Satellite Positioning Performance Assessment for Road Transport’) discussed the potential of GNSS to deliver necessary high-integrity and high-precision positioning capabilities for autonomous road vehicles. A robust centralised on-board GNSS unit could deliver the requisite levels of performance for a variety of in-vehicle applications.

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Event: Quantum Technology for Transport (Wantage, United Kingdom, 8 February 2018)

Workshop where current Quantum capabilities and technologies will be outlined and explained. Quantum technologies and their promise of revolutionising technologies and capabilities have become a popular topic, but many do not understand what they can provide, and think they are too far into the future to be an asset now. The fact is quantum technologies are real, exciting capabilities are available now, and the UK has a privileged position as a leader in this area. KTN would like to invite you to attend our exciting workshop on the 8th of February at the Williams Formula 1 centre, Grove, where current quantum capabilities and technologies will be outlined and explained. If you are part of the Intelligent Transport and Mobility world come along to find out about the new developments in quantum technology that can provide sought after solutions.

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Event: Autonomous Vehicles: What impact on European cities? (Brussels, 25 January 2018)

UITP is organising a conference on “Autonomous vehicles: what impact on European cities?” in the morning of 25 January 2018 in Brussels. The objective of the event is to tackle the most important questions around the effect autonomous road vehicles will have on cities and on public transport. Autonomous vehicle will strongly influence public transport. The European Commission is already massively supporting the development and testing of autonomous vehicles. Beyond the technological aspects, UITP wants to highlight what the deployment of autonomous vehicles will mean for citiesand under which conditions this innovation can really become a success.

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Event: Autonomous Industrial Vehicle Technology Symposium (Cologne, Germany, 5-6 November 2018)

Autonomous Industrial Vehicle Technology Symposium, which takes place in Cologne from 5-6 November, is the world’s only conference and exhibition exclusively dedicated to the design and development of highly automated and unmanned construction, mining, agricultural, industrial and off-highway vehicles. The symposium will bring together RandD engineers, robotics experts, OEMs, autonomous vehicle systems hardware and software engineers, test and development experts, and heads of design and engineering from around the world to discuss, debate and analyse the growing possibilities and future developments for autonomous vehicle technology, unmanned systems and robotics for commercial and off-highway applications.

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (P.M. only) (20 November 2017)

The agenda items include an Examination of the second revised version of the draft Council conclusions on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and on the performance of the European GNSS Agency” and an Update by the Commission on the PRS negotiations with Norway.

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Towards compulsory driver-assistance systems

On the 14th of November 2017, the Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking new cars to be equipped with driver-assistance systems capable of detecting pedestrians, braking automatically or adapting the speed. Many of the 25.000 yearly road fatalities could be avoided by using new technological systems to assist drivers in dangerous situations. Today they are the preserve of relatively few higher-end models, but given their obvious benefits MEPs want to make these systems compulsory on all new cars.

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Press Release: Making road traffic greener by boosting car-sharing and improving road quality

Uneven road surfaces cause breaking and variable speeds both of which increase emissions, while low car occupancy rates mean duplicated journeys. An EU project is combining data from trip-sharing communities and phone sensors for feedback on road quality to make road travel greener.

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UPDATED – Stakeholder Event: UKTiE 7th Annual Forum (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

Update: The Programme is now available.

UKTiE’s Annual Forum is Europe’s largest gathering of senior EU policy and law makers together with the UK’s leading transport organisations. UKTiE’s 7th Annual Forum will take place on November 28th in the European Parliament, kindly hosted by our patron Jacqueline Foster MEP, Conservative spokesman for Transport. The theme for the Forum is “Clean, connected and competitive – how to modernise Europe’s transport system” and we are inviting key senior EU policy and law makers to join us.

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