To ISO’s track record of nearly 700 published standards for motor vehicles and intelligent transport systems (ITS), ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden added a confirmation of the organization’s "deep dedication to safer, connected, energy efficient and user friendly cars" in his opening remarks to The Fully Networked Car Workshop, 7-9 March 2007, held at the Geneva Motor Show, one of the world’s leading automotive events.

The workshop (accompanied by an exhibition on 6-10 March) is the latest initiative organized by the three partner organizations of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC): IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), and ISO.

Alan Bryden remarked: "Following the previous workshops that we have organized with IEC and ITU on health technologies and the digital home, this workshop on the fully networked car is another example of the initiatives we have taken in the area of converging technologies".

"Far from stifling innovation, standards provide a path to bring innovative technologies into the market. International Standards, which enable economies of scale and cost reduction, pave the way to the global market."

The workshop addresses the market for information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles, which represents an ever-increasing share of innovation and added value in the automotive sector. The "fully networked car", taking full advantage of ICT for vehicles and road transport systems, is expected to offer a range of benefits including improved safety, reduced traffic congestion and pollution, and a smoother driving experience.

The WSC event provides a forum for the key specialists in the field, from top decision makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. It is expected to identify how and which standards can speed the development of the fully networked car and its introduction into the market.

In this respect, Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, stated: "We are now placing great emphasis on bringing together the various standards bodies to avoid duplication of effort and to address convergence in areas such as the one addressed in this workshop. That is why I am so pleased to have had the cooperation of ISO and IEC in the organization of this workshop."

The ISO Secretary-General indicated the participation of the leaders of the two ISO technical committees active in the issues addressed by the workshop:

  • ISO/TC 22, Road vehicles, which has published 642 standards, and
  • ISO/TC 204, Intelligent transport systems, which has published 50 standards.

He underlined that the workshop would provide them with the opportunity to interact with their colleagues in IEC and ITU, as well as to reinforce their already strong links with regulators. In this context, he noted the good working relationship between ISO and Working Party (WP) 29, World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and Mr. Bryden noted, "Increasingly, ISO standards are referenced in their regulations."