Connected and automated vehicles – national strategies, legislation and rules on data in Europe 14 July 22 Stefano De Luca

Connected and partially automated vehicles are already on the streets in several European countries. These vehicles can benefit from increasingly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) for traffic management and from other applications that can contribute to safer traffic patterns.

In the absence of a European framework, countries may establish specific liability, data protection and cybersecurity rules that contribute to or work against the adoption of connected and automated vehicles, depending on how they address concerns raised by consumers and industry players.

Despite the growing concerns, government strategies on connected and automated vehicles exist only in five countries, according to the latest Cullen International research.

Among the countries surveyed, only France, Germany and the UK have specific liability rules for automated vehicles deployed on public roads. As far as cybersecurity is concerned, Germany and the UK are the only countries which have adopted notification systems or technical security standards for connected and automated vehicles. Austria, France, and Germany set specific rules on access to in-vehicle data by third parties such as law enforcement authorities, rescue services, or insurance companies.

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