This was the key finding from the 7th Fully Networked Car Workshop that was held at the Geneva International Motor Show 2012. The workshop was organized by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), a partnership between IEC, ISO and ITU, and attended by automotive experts and specialists from around the world.

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele , on behalf of World Standards Cooperation (ITU, ISO, IEC), kicks-off the workshop, encouraging participants to engage in a lively debate. (Photo by ITU)

Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General, on behalf of the WSC, said: "We need to strengthen our engagement with the automotive industry and answer their needs. At ISO, we want to work more closely with not only our WSC partners, but also with key standards developing organizations involved in this field and participating in this workshop.

"Let us be as clear and straight-forward as possible. With convergence of technologies, there is a necessity for us to work much more closely together.”

The "fully networked car" workshop provided insights on how standards can improve automotive safety, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and provide a more secure driving experience.

Driving the main focus of the discussions was how and which standards can speed development of the fully networked car and its introduction into the market. The workshop was facilitated by the highly respected industry leader Richard Parry-Jones, former Vice President (Global Product Development), and Chief Technical Officer at Ford Motor Company.

Through a series of round table panels and discussions, the workshop explored topics, including:

  • Electric vehicles and electromobility
  • Vehicle safety and driver distraction
  • Regional ITS perspectives – The African market
  • ITS communications
  • Standards for cooperative ITS.

Other areas for standardization activity to meet industry needs included:

  • Electric vehicles – concentrating on the charging element, specifically to address physical connectivity and data communications needs of the charging process
  • ITS – a need to consider how data collected from the vehicle could be aggregated and used to provide information to others using or controlling activity on the road:
  • Safety – harnessing the network to enhance situational awareness and providing driver support to identify and react to potential hazards
  • Using a layered architectural approach to planning standardization activity to reconcile the conflicting demands of standardization and competitive differentiation.

In addition, there was overall agreement on key areas of improvement for the standards-setting process, including

  • Facilitating stakeholder participation
  • Improving existing collaboration among standards development bodies
  • Focusing on vehicle safety in order to better engage industry.

The latest February 2012 issue of ISO's magazine ISO Focus+, which was distributed to participants of the Fully Networked Car Workshop, highlights how International Standards can help build the car of the future.

At this year's Fully Networked Car event, participants also took the opportunity to visit the Kia Motors exhibit and see the company’s work in vehicle communications, prevention of driver distraction, and active vehicle safety features.

ISO Focus+, February 2012

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