Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth with EU transport ministers, representatives for the European Commission, European and international industry organizations together during the Third High-Level Meeting on Connected and Automated Driving, Gothenburg 18-19 June 2018 Photo: Daniel Sanchez /Swedish Transport Administration

Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth chaired the meeting in Gothenburg on 18–19 June 2018, where EU transport ministers met to discuss connected and automated driving on the roads.

In Gothenburg  meeting was the third high-level meeting for follow-up of the Declaration of Amsterdam and an opportunity to showcase Swedish work in the area of connected and automated vehicles. During the meeting, which was made up of several parts, working groups that have been working since the meetings in Amsterdam and Frankfurt presented their reports, and the final touches was made to the meeting conclusions to be adopted. Besides EU transport ministers, European and international industry organizations were also invited to the high-level meeting.

Inquiry proposes simpler regulations

One prerequisite for this technology being accepted in society is the safe development of automated transport. In early March, the Government’s Inquiry Chair Jonas Bjelfvenstam submitted the final report entitled ‘The path to automated driving – market introduction’ (SOU 2018:16). The Inquiry proposes a number of regulatory changes necessary to begin using and developing automated vehicles on the roads over the next few years. The Inquiry also proposes measures that need to be taken in the longer term. The regulatory changes are proposed to enter into force on 1 July 2019. The final report is subject to public consultation until September 1 2018.

During the ministers’ meeting a short film showing examples of some of the connected and automated vehicles that one can find on Swedish roads and working spaces.