Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, Smart Cities project coordinator at EUROCITIES has represented the Sharing Cities project with a clear focus on sustainable and clean mobility achievements in the collaborating cities at a conference organised by the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in partnership with the Antall József Knowledge Centre. The event, ‘The future of cars in the digital era’, took place on 13 March in Brussels.
The aim of the event was to discuss prerequisites and conditions to accelerate innovation, especially how to employ diagnostic data in automotive design to make our cars more efficient, safe, customised and environmentally friendly. In order to achieve sustainability targets, set by the European Commission in transportation, public and private bodies both on national and local level must work closely to take the necessary steps to low and zero-emission transportation. Maja Bakran Marcich, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport highlighted the importance of digitalisation and safety in future autonomous transportation and guaranteed available funding opportunities for research and development in the European Union.
Alongside the rather technological experts from the V4 countries in the panel discussions, Bernadett highlighted the importance of citizen involvement and exchanging knowledge between cities on successful and even on failed projects on urban mobility. According to her, we must listen carefully to what citizens expect from planners because a project can only have a positive outcome if locals feel that their voice is being heard and appreciated.
As a closing remark, István Lepsényi, Minister of State for Economic Development and Regulation of Hungary, made it clear that V4 countries should spend more money on research and development (due to the huge dependence on the car industry in the V4 economies) involving universities to tackle the lack of experts and knowledge about innovations in transportation. He invited all the participants to Hungary to work together developing autonomous technology in the CEE region.
More info about the conference and speakers can be found via the following link:
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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