Slovenian organisations partner on connected and autonomous driving

A number of companies in Slovenia – BTC, DARS, The Automobile Association of Slovenia (AMZS), and AV Living Lab – have joined together to establish an ecosystem for connected and autonomous driving.

As the automotive industry shifts towards electrification and autonomous driving, the country’s Ministry of infrastructure is supporting the development of autonomous vehicles in Slovenia.

The ministry believes that autonomous vehicles can improve mobility for elderly and handicapped people, while advances in connected intelligent transportation systems and e-mobility will help to reduce congestion and lower vehicle emissions.

Dr. Peter Gašperšič, Slovenia’s Minister of Infrastructure, said: “The formation of the common Slovenian ecosystem for development of concepts and solutions for connected autonomous driving is truly a pioneer incentive that will bring about major technological and societal changes towards a new transportation and mobility reality. It is of utmost importance that on this path we join forces with industries and research institutions from Slovenia.”

The partners believe autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) herald profound changes for personal mobility, and will increase road safety in Slovenia. As autonomous driving spreads, aided by legislative reform and changes to transportation infrastructure, the group plan to prepare for the new challenges brought about by its introduction.

Franc Kmetič, General Secretary of AMZS, said: “AMZS has by far the longest tradition and most experience in autonomous driving and ADAS systems in Slovenia. We are closely following the development of car solutions, especially electronics and ADAS systems and their influence on vehicle performance and passenger safety.”

Daniel Avdagič, CEO of AV Living Lab, said: “Our key objective is the transformation of the future of mobility. AV Living Lab is creating a partner ecosystem for the development of solutions and applications, digitalisation processes, developing new innovative business models and forms of mobility, and foremost seeking solutions about what and how in a driverless future.”