eSafety Forum Successful
Brussels, Belgium – Meeting in Brussels on 2-3 May 2006, the 5th eSafety Forum launched a series of new activities aimed at supporting the development and implementation of smarter, safer and cleaner vehicles.
As a joint platform bringing together over 150 active members representing all road safety stakeholders, the eSafety Forum is largely recognised by both Member States and the larger international community as the driving force in promoting intelligent vehicle safety systems – eSafety – in Europe.
Several high level speakers contributed to the Forum’s May meeting, including Fabio Colasanti, Director General of the Commission’s Information Society and Media DG; Arnold van Zyl, CEO of ERTICO; Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of ACEA; Monica Sundström from the Swedish Road Administration; Dr Csaba Csapodi from the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU; MEPs Malcolm Harbour and Ari Vatanen, as well as numerous Industry representatives.
A broad agenda
The Forum reviewed the eSafety Initiative’s progress to date, adopting the recommendations of numerous eSafety Working Groups, including those of the Communication, Implementation Road Map and Heavy Duty Working Groups. Particular attention was devoted to the recommendations of the eCall and User Outreach Working Groups.
eCall is an in-vehicle emergency call that can be launched either manually or automatically via sensors after an accident has occurred. Forum members endorsed the eCall Driving Group’s recommendations, encouraging all stakeholders to work together to complete the last remaining open issues, with a particular focus on developing a business case for eCall and exploring the use of incentives to encourage the speedy implementation of the service. Member States were urged to sign the eCall Memorandum of Understanding, launched by ERTICO, ACEA and the Commission in 2004. A proposal was also made to initiate an analysis of an eCall system designed for two-wheelers.
The User Outreach Working Group’s recommendation to establish an eSafety Communication Platform was positively received and endorsed by the Forum members. Focusing on three main pillars – media work, marketing and political work, the Platform will work closely with communication and campaign managers, media and marketing experts. The FIA Foundation will take the leading role in the establishment of the Platform, but Forum members emphasised the need for the broad involvement of all relevant stakeholders. As its first task, the Communication Platform will explore the possibility of launching a promotion campaign for Electronic Stability Control.
Further broadening the work of the eSafety Forum, participants approved the creation of two new Working Groups: “ICT for Clean Mobility” and “Services-Oriented Architecture”.