The 57th Congress of the CNPA, the French association of driving schools, was held in Lille at the beginning of July. The Congress object was “the driving school is making its revolution” because the pandemic and the many confinements to which have been faced by professionals, have led driving schools to speed up their modernization, by adapting their teaching to technological developments.
French driving schools are learning to live with the large IT platforms which, in search of El Dorado, have gone headlong into the driver training sector. It seems that even these large structures have understood that the sector is very complex, disjointed, and that in the end they can make better profits in other sectors or by providing other services. Colleague Patrice Bessone and his team managed the three working days in a very professional way.
Manuel Picardi was invited to represent the EFA speaking about the activities carried out during the past year, and in particular the new projects in progress. During the round table on Sunday afternoon, in front of an audience of hundreds of owners of driving schools, Mr. Picardi stressed to the French Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Alain Griset, the fundamental role of European driving schools for the dissemination of road safety and he was warmly applauded by the delegates present.
The first experiments of the new EFA study began in Rome in collaboration with the La Sapienza University of Rome (through BrainSigns) and with CNPA, CNAE, UNASCA, BVF and WKO, the most representative driving school associations from Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. The study will evaluate students’ learning during some theory lessons. If the objective of the European Union is to increase road safety over a decade, the road to achieving good results necessarily passes through European driving schools. On this occasion, we thank the Autoscuole Roma who have made their facilities, teaching staff and students available to carry out the first tests. The new sessions have been scheduled for September, the first results should be available as early as October.
Nexyad and HERE to improve road safety with cognitive AI
Nexyad and HERE Technologies are now working together to apply cognitive artificial intelligence (AI) to road safety. Nexyad provides drivers with a score that reflects the risk associated with their driving behavior. Nexyad’s platform is being used by insurers to provide recommendations to drivers and generate a risk profile.
ACEA: Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility
The 2021 update of the annual ‘Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility’ report covers the progress made in the European Union on the key enabling factors for alternatively-powered passenger cars and vans.
Cleaner Vehicles: Achieving a Resilient Technology Transition
ITF report evaluates policies for transitioning to clean vehicles and clean energy for road transport. The review includes measures that can help to scale up the transition quickly and instruments to manage it. It analyses technologies for clean passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, buses and trucks, and identifies solutions that deliver the greatest benefits. It reviews the policies for the promotion of clean vehicles currently in place and assesses the response of private sector stakeholders.
On the Road to Dubai with IRF – November 7-10, Dubai, UAE
Re-Inventing Urban Mobility. The mobility landscape for urban agglomerations is being reshaped by disruptive trends impacting the mobility of individuals and goods, and challenging cities to establish a clear vision of what their mobility systems should look like in the future and coherent strategies for getting there. During the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition, thought leaders will discuss how to fully enable their urban mobility potential in a digital age.
IAA Mobility 2021 – 7-12 September, Munich, hybrid
The mobility and technology sectors will meet for the first IAA in Munich. A new venue and a new concept: the IAA 2021 will become an exhibition, a forward-looking mobility platform and a dialog forum all at the same time. The new IAA is a triad: The Summit on the trade show grounds will be the venue for brand and product presentations, and conferences for professionals. The Open Space will turn Munich’s most beautiful inner-city locations into interaction forums on mobility concepts for the future and stages showcasing technologies as experiences. The Blue Lane will connect the city center and the trade show with a test track where forward-looking mobility becomes a real experience.
EU Urban Mobility Consultation
The aim of the envisaged consultations is to seek information and feedback from the most relevant stakeholders and from the wider public in relation to the main directions of the planned EU Urban Mobility framework. More specifically, the consultation should provide feedback as to how the EU urban areas can:
- Contribute to reducing transport greenhouse emissions;
- Improve the quality of life of the EU urban;
- Increase the support to, and use of, the most sustainable transport modes.