Eric-Mark Huitema

Now that national and European initiatives to support the automobile industry are slowly taking shape, it really strikes me that many policy makers seem to forget about heavy-duty vehicles. While truck drivers made sure food and medicine were delivered to us during the COVID-19 crisis, their vehicles are now too often overlooked in the recovery… » read more

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While Europe still grapples with the health, social and economic impacts of the coronavirus, and EU automobile manufacturers battle for survival, the second round of negotiations on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union took place last week. This is not something we can overlook, because a no-deal Brexit at the… » read more

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Government representatives and key stakeholders from more than 80 countries gathered in Stockholm last week for the third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. I was also in Sweden to talk about the important contribution that artificial intelligence (AI) and big data can make to the EU’s ambitious goal of reducing road fatalities and serious… » read more

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Earlier this week, I presented how Europe’s automobile industry is getting ready to make the transition to carbon-neutral transport at a high-level conference hosted by Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President in charge of the European Green Deal. Indeed, the new Commission has made this Deal the centre piece of its work plan for… » read more

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At the beginning of December, ACEA launched its automated driving roadmap. This landmark publication sets out the steps towards deployment and lists the required legislative changes. We should, however, not forget about the wider implications of this transformation. Because the impact of automation on society, and particularly how it will improve social inclusion and access… » read more

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One of my first official duties as the new Director General of ACEA was signing a joint statement with Hydrogen Europe and the IRU earlier this month. In this call to action, we urge the next European Commission and recently-elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to create the right framework to support the deployment… » read more

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