Connected regulation – what are the legal issues and regulatory roadblocks?
thursday, 21st September 2017, 5.30 PM CET
AT&T Brussels office
Rules for Smart Cars in Europe are in the works. The European Commission wants automotive manufacturers to make sure new models have a myriad digital technologies that can cut fuel use and increase road safety, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connected vehicles. From April 2018, eCall legislation requires that all new types of cars must be capable of automatically calling the emergency services in the event of a crash. By 2019, cars should come with digital systems that warn drivers about traffic, road work, weather and approaching emergency vehicles. Soon after that, the Commission wants new car models to have high-tech parking information and systems to help protect pedestrians and cyclists. Some cars already do have those safety and fuel-saving functions, and even entertainment systems that rely on the internet, but the EU executive is putting pressure on manufacturers to include those in every model. Commission officials said there could also be a new EU law within the next two years that would require manufacturers to take steps that would make cars more digitally equipped. The EU executive’s transport policy unit (DG MOVE) is analysing whether it should introduce specific rules guaranteeing data protection and internet connectivity for cars by 2018. But how these rules can be reconciled with the General Data Protection Regulation, the ePrivacy and Net Neutrality rules, and other EU regulations currently being considered as part of the Commission’s communications and digital single market policy remains to be seen.
In this second event of our new series, we will discuss the legal issues arising from the application of the existing EU communications rules as well as the newly proposed Electronic Communications Code and e-Privacy Regulation that are potentially relevant to the practical deployment of connected cars. Along with the participants, the regulatory bottlenecks and public policy challenges will be examined. The discussion will focus on the following issues, amongst others:
- Use of radio spectrum
- Matters connected with roaming
- Numbering resources
- Global connectivity and change of connectivity provider
- Specific M2M service profiles
- Cybersecurity, data protection and e-privacy
- Creation of new infrastructures and the re-use of existing infrastructures
- Net neutrality
Hosted by Antonio Amendola (AT&T Executive Director, Brussels Chapter Committee), and moderated by Francesco Liberatore (Squire Patton Boggs Partner, Brussels Chapter Chairman), the event will be under Chatham House Rule.
Executive Director of International External Affairs, AT&T
International Technology Lawyer, Office of Elizabeth Opie
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP,
Chair, IIC Brussels Chapter