“Mobility Tech 2019“: the policy of the future of the European self-driving vehicles is born in Vilnius


2019 06 13

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In the international “Mobility Tech 2019” event, in Vilnius, today, the European experts are discussing about the perspectives of the future of self-driving vehicles in the European Union. Their offers will become the basis of forming the policy of the European transport of this area.

“I am proud and glad being able to welcome the innovators of European transport in Vilnius. Here in Vilnius, in the meeting of European high-level experts and representatives of the sector of Lithuanian transport, foundations will be laid of the development of the self-driving vehicle policy of the European Union transport“, – says the minister of communication, Rokas Masiulis.

The participants of “Mobility Tech 2019“ are solving specific questions of transport policy relevant to the implementation of self-driving vehicles: how to develop 5G corridors and their infrastructure, what legal base is necessary for large-scale tests, how to guarantee that self-driving vehicles improve mobility in the cities, what influence this technology will have on logistics. The event also discusses what changes and challenges this can mean for public transport, car sharing and driving services, how to guarantee the safety of traffic participants and the benefit of self-driving vehicle technology to society.

According to the minister, self-driving vehicles make an important innovation, but its whole potential will not be tested if this is performed by a separate technology. Policy makers are responsible for it to become the part of our transport system and give benefit to everyone. Proper legal basis, careful planning and the tests of new self-driving vehicles are necessary for that. We have to regularly look for solutions how to use such vehicles for providing better services for consumers, reduce the vehicle impact on environment and increase business efficiency. In short, we have to know the needs and potential of this developing technology.

“Innovation implementation is one of the most important objectives of Lithuanian transport sector. On purpose of encouraging and providing favourable conditions for the companies to create innovative products and services, we created the ecosystem of transport sector innovations, having great potential of using the self-driving vehicle technologies in the future“, – states the minister of communication, R. Masiulis.

The part of innovation ecosystem – the Centre of transport innovations, established this year under the initiative of the Ministry of communication, looking for new ideas and aiming to guarantee the possibility of using the infrastructure of all kinds of communication – roads, railway, sea and air transport, post and telecommunications, by testing new products and services. This centre encourages innovations in transport sector, also, is responsible for the attraction of advances foreign capital companies to our country. This year the co-investment fund of 5 million euros was established for the purpose of encouraging the start-ups, very small, small and average companies to create mobility services and products, intellectual transport systems and innovative transport technologies. Also, the Administration of Lithuanian transport safety has been already working for a couple of years, taking care of traffic safety and providing consultations for market participants, especially start-ups, for their created new products to correspond to the requirements of traffic safety. The Ministry of communication also actively forms the transport policy and creates the legal basis necessary for the implementation of new technologies and managing the rising challenges.

The second part of “Mobility Tech 2019“ – 24 hours-long hackathon #LG challenge – intended for the advanced IT solutions in railway area. Lietuvos geležinkeliai AB and the Centre of transport innovations invite helping finding the solutions for two important problems: one of them is the planning of machinists’ schedules, the second – reading of carriage numbers over the distance. These areas are especially relevant when planning the railway activities as, after innovative technological solutions are found, works could be performed more effectively.

It is hoped that the prototypes created by the participants of this hackathon will become real projects and will attribute to the increase of business efficiency of Lietuvos geležinkeliai. The best performing team will receive the monetary prize of 1500 euros and the prototype will be introduced to the heads of Lietuvos geležinkeliai.