Spotlight on the fully networked car

Issue 48 – April 2013

At the eighth Fully networked car (FNC) Workshop held on 6 March 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, the fundamental question explored was 'How can international Standards provide even greater support to the global automotive industry for developing FNCs integrated with ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems)?'

Moving up to a higher gear

Almost 100 automotive experts and specialists from around the world came together to share their experience and vision about where the FNC is heading. The workshop explored new approaches to establishing international Standards for electric vehicles, with a particular focus on vehicle safety, communications, the electrification of vehicles, and performance measures.

The Fully Networked Car Workshop was organized by the World Standards Cooperation, a strategic partnership of the IEC, ISO, and International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Call to fill in the gaps

In his introduction for the IEC, Gabriel Barta, Head of Technical Coordination, noted the progress already made in integrating the car into both the electrical and the information networks. He encouraged workshop participants to initiate the Standards they saw as most urgent, in areas such as active vehicle safety.

The workshop heard that identifying the most valuable opportunities for standardisation at the intersection of the automotive sector with electricity supply on the one hand, and with information technology on the other, could realise the true value of the fully networked car.

Safety, emergency communications and information

Discussion covered the need for further safety Standards, also for new Standards covering traffic information and vehicle-to-vehicle emergency communications.

Through round-table panels and interactive sessions, the workshop helped foster a better understanding of the challenges the automotive sector faces in the near future, and how international Standards can be an essential support.

Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General, and Reinhard Scholl, Deputy to the Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU-T, also addressed the workshop.

Summarised from IEC's e-tech, March 2013.

Published in transport.