International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2011 Number 05

Reducing driver distraction...

Increasing chances for global EV roll-out...


Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-02-28Fully Networked Car event @ Geneva Motor Show, 2 and 3 March will cover topics such as how technology can help improve road safety…and what it will really take to achieve global adoption of the electric car.


Electric car

Cars and how drivers will control them are bound to change fundamentally over the coming years. Today driver distraction is a major cause for road traffic accidents and is on the increase with the rising use of built-in and portable electronic devices in vehicles. New Intelligent Transport Systems will help drivers stay in better control of their vehicles.

The future of sustainable individual transportation may largely lie with EVs (Electric Cars), but their broad roll-out will depend on a reliable supply of electric power via Smart Grids. It will no longer be enough to build the car.


The Fully Networked Car @ Geneva Motor Show, which takes place on 2-3 March will examine this and other topics linking ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and vehicles.


In his opening address, Enno Liess, IEC Vice-President, will explain why stand-alone solutions will hinder broad adoption and mass charging of EVs and how the IEC has for the first time brought together key industry players and global utilities to ensure optimal outcomes for EVs. With this same objective in mind, the IEC and ISO have also recently signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding). 


The event is jointly organized by the IEC, ISO and ITU under the auspices of the WSC (World Standards Cooperation), and brings together key players involved in the development of technologies and standards, as well as other major industry representatives.


About the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)
The IEC is the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". It brings together 162 countries and close to 10 000 experts.

IEC International Standards include globally relevant specifications and metrics that allow electric or electronic devices to work efficiently and safely with each other anywhere in the world. IEC work covers a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, nanotechnology, renewable energy, to mention just a few. The IEC also manages Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that equipment, systems or components conform to its International Standards.

The IEC is working closely with car and equipment manufacturers, and with power utilities to favour the introduction of electric vehicles through the standardization of EV charging equipment infrastructure and the integration of EVs in power grids.