The development of connected and autonomous vehicles is one of the areas that impacts a wide range of current laws and regulations. Regulatory issues that are evolving include the allocation of responsibility for compliance with traffic laws, insurance liability, ownership and use of the personal data that vehicles will collect from different drivers, and of course access to connectivity.

In Europe access to connectivity is complicated by the national nature of telecom and spectrum licensing and authorizations. For static machines and devices, this may not be an issue. But for truck fleets and car owners who travel across borders, vehicle systems need connectivity (at a reasonable price) in multiple countries. Further, depending on who will hold the customer relationship, will car manufacturers become telecom providers, and thus subject to communications regulations (including the storage of data, and customer care and billing obligations)?

This slide pack   Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – Connectivity in the EU    highlights some of the developing regulations applicable to connectivity of vehicles across different European countries: Access to spectrum; the role of the manufacturer and charging models; and European actions and cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving. It should be noted that this short pack does not cover many other important topics including network security, data protection and usage, and manufacturer v’s operator liabilities.