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The Korea-Europe Future Automotive Forum, organised by the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) took place at the Conrad Hotel in Seoul yesterday. This event has become an occasion to discuss future mobility, which is being driven by rapid advances in automation and connectivity. Increased automation of vehicles will increase road safety as it addresses the primary cause of most automobile accidents: human error. Moreover, vehicle innovations should offer significant energy savings by using less congested routes and thus reducing the overall transportation system congestion. Furthermore, automated vehicles will offer mobility options for older and disabled persons: important in ageing societies.
The Ambassador of the EU, Michael Reiterer, opened the event by stressing that Korea is a strategic partner for the EU and encouraged Korea to work to cooperate with the EU on R&D in the field of Automated Road Transport under Horizon 2020, the EU's R&D programme. Moreover, he highlighted the importance of engaging in closer regulatory cooperation to improve the operation of the Free Trade Agreement in the automobile sector and prevent the creation of new barriers to trade.