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Source: European Parliament

The European Parliament believes that autonomous vehicles are a key part of the EU’s connected and automated mobility strategy. As a result of recent progress with digital technologies (such as robots, artificial intelligence and high-performance computers), autonomous vehicles of the sort that we could once only have dreamed of are about to become reality: they will be put on the market in 2020.

Although their introduction will bring considerable benefits, it will also create a number of new risks, particularly when it comes to road traffic safety, civil liability and insurance, cybersecurity, intellectual property rights, data protection and access, technical infrastructure and employment.

The automotive sector accounts for 25% of Navarra’s regional GDP and it saw growth of 27% between 2008 and 2014, making it a key industry for Spain’s economic growth. It is, therefore, vital that we know how the Commission plans to address those risks. In Navarra, the automotive industry directly employs 300 000 people and 2 million jobs are indirectly connected to it.

1. What measures will the Commission take to tackle the changes that we are facing?

2. Will it take account of those regions whose main industrial goals are the promotion of electric vehicles and Industry 4.0?

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