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

News release – 2013 Number 04

Higher gear for standards and fully networked cars


Geneva, Switzerland, 2013-03-11 – How can international standards provide even greater support to the global automotive industry for developing fully networked cars (FNC) integrated with intelligent transport systems (ITS)? This was the fundamental question explored at the 8th Fully Networked Car workshop , held on 6 March 2013 at the Geneva International Motor Show, Switzerland.


Frans Vreeswijk

Work paths were identified, such as the need for further safety standards in specific areas, as well as enhanced standards for traffic information. Additional areas for new standards are for vehicle-to-vehicle emergency communications and information security.


The workshop is an annual event organized by the WSC(World Standards Cooperation) , a strategic partnership of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Focusing on international standards and the development of vehicle connectivity, it attracted nearly 100 automotive experts and specialists from around the world.


Introducing the workshop for the IEC, Gabriel Barta, Head of Technical Coordination, noted the progress already made in integrating the car into both the electrical and the information networks, but encouraged the experts present to initiate the standards they saw as most urgent, in areas such as active vehicle safety.


Also addressing the workshop were Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General, and Reinhard Scholl, Deputy to the Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU-T.


The workshop was moderated by Richard Parry-Jones, a former executive with the Ford Motor Company. He noted that while there is great understanding of the automotive space and a firm understanding of the information technology (IT) space, it is an ongoing effort to examine where these two industries intersect.


However, by identifying the most valuable opportunities for standardization at this intersection, the automotive sector could break through the barriers of competing forces and realize the true value of the fully networked car.


Through round-table panels and interactive discussions, the workshop helped foster a better understanding of the challenges the automotive sector has to face in the near future, and how international standards can be an essential support, as well as confirm and update the most important international standards priorities. Dr. Matthias Klauda, Responsible for Bosch Automotive Systems Integration Corporate Department, in his presentation on vehicle connectivity, highlighted the IT security issue and aspects to tackle to protect the integrity and functionality of vehicle systems and the privacy of users.


Gerald Pöllmann, General Manager of Corporate Strategy, Advanced Technology and Diversified Industries of Magna Steyr Engineering AG, gave a briefing on developments that the workshop participants could expect to find in the motor show as a whole.


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News release 2013-04

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