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Scandinavian governments promise joint driverless research

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The Norwegian and Finnish ministers of transport and communication, and Sweden’s minister of infrastructure, have signed a statement on joint testing of connected and automated driving.

The website telecompaper reports that the work concerns cross-border testing on the NordicWay corridors linking the countries, especially the highways E4, E6, E8, E18, E20 and Rv40. They said their officials and agencies will cooperate on a practical level to promote and support such trials.

The report adds that the ministers reaffirm the countries’ commitment to the March 2017 Rome Letter of Intent on testing and large-scale demonstrations, and will contribute to developing connected and automated vehicles as set out in the April 2016 Declaration of Amsterdam.

They asserted their commitment to the Day 1 services of C-ITS on European core corridors as well as early adoption of automated driving. They declared that they recognise the need for joint efforts to test and pilot vehicle, communication and positioning technologies and services in a cross-border context, in order to promote the safety, security of and interoperability of systems.

It adds that the ministers also stressed the need to foster openness and cooperation at every level, and to learn from each other, as well as through experience.

 
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