Representing the FIM, Board member Mr Jos Driessen was invited to join the final session of the High Level Group overseeing this report into the future of the European automotive and motorcycle industry. The FIM has followed this process since it started in 2015.
The report was drawn up by representatives (transport and industry ministers) from twelve EU countries, the EU Commission, industry organisations, NGOs working in the area of environmental and road safety policy and representatives of civil society.
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: 'The next decade will change the automotive landscape almost beyond recognition. Our industry must rise to the challenge if we are to maintain our world-leading position. The emissions scandal has seriously damaged the reputation and credibility of the industry, but today's report can be the basis for a (re)start. It clearly identifies the tasks ahead. With continuing close cooperation between government and industry, we can look forward to a bright future.'
The FIM welcomes the emphasis on the future of electro-mobility. This is an area where the powered two-wheeler can make a significant contribution to clean mobility in cities. Other challenges identified include the need for technology used in future automated and semi- automated vehicles to work for the benefit of all road users. The motorcycle industry has recognised this with the creation of the connected motorcycle consortium.
FIM also recognises the need for data stored in modern vehicles to be available to investigators following a traffic collision. This should not compromise the principle that data collected and stored in vehicles should be controlled by the owner of the vehicle who should be able to decide how it should be used for other purposes.