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SafeAPP Working Group. Date: 06/11/2013 v2 Meeting: Car Connectivity Consortium Summit , Krakow Speaker and organisation: Theo Kamalski TomTom ([email protected]). Outline presentation. The Nomadic Device Forum raised the issue of driver distraction by APPs in 2010.

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safeapp working group

SafeAPP Working Group

Date: 06/11/2013 v2

Meeting: Car ConnectivityConsortium Summit, Krakow

Speaker and organisation: Theo Kamalski TomTom ([email protected])

The Nomadic Device Forum raised the issue of driver distraction by APPs in 2010.

Most APPs are not designed to be used by driverswhen executing their driver’s task,but

they hitchhike on Nomadic Devices into the car environment because customers wants to be connected everywhere and being on-line all the time also when driving the car.

recommendations ndf

Recommendations NDF

  • To separate applications from device types in regulation
  • To breakdown APPs into main functionality/driver tasks
  • Create cross device requirements for functionality/driver tasks
  • Implement a mechanism to disable/enable APPs
  • Add vehicle type identification to avoid safe APPs can be used in unsafe situations (e.g. passenger car navigation in trucks)
safeapp working group at a glance

SafeAPP working group at a glance

  • Part of the iMobility Forum
  • Advisory for safe APPs (for drivers executing their driver’s task)
  • Co-chaired by Mika Rytkonen (HERE) and Theo Kamalski (TomTom)
  • WG started in September 2013
  • Final report expected by end of 2015
  • Current status: scope definition finalization
imobility forum at a glance

iMobility Forum at a glance

  • Initiative of the EC - DG Connect
  • Stakeholders platform dealing with specific topics in the field of ITS, including research, innovation and deployment
  • Co-chaired by DG Connect, ACEA, ERTICO and ACECAP
  • DG Move and DG Enterprise participate (deployment)
  • 10 active and 12 dormant working groups (
imobility forum vision

iMobility Forum - Vision

Safe, smart and clean mobility with zero accidents, zero delays, no negative impact on the environment and connected and informed citizens, where products and services are affordable and seamless, privacy is respected and security is provided.

In the time period 2011-2020, the iMobility Forum estimates for ITS the following potential contributions for the EU:

30% reduction in the number of fatalities

30% reduction in the number of seriously injured persons

15% reduction of road traffic related congestion

20% improvements in energy-efficiency

50% increase in availability of real time traffic and travel information

imobility forum strategy

iMobility Forum - Strategy

  • Strategic focus is on defining research and innovation priorities, the speeding up of overall development / deployment processes and will cover requirements for all stakeholders along the whole value chain
  • Ensure that all relevant stakeholders are participating in the Forum
  • Ensure timely and high-quality deliverables from the Working Groups
why a safeapp working group

Why a SafeAPP working group?

Public aspects

  • APPs are part of the car and used by drivers
  • Negative impact of driver distraction on EU traffic safety objectives

Industry benefits

  • Preventing harmful regulation at EU Member States
  • Having influence on regulation
Press release based on figures police of Oct 15, 2011 

In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service.

In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents this week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents.

On average there is a traffic accident every three minutes in Dubai, while in Abu Dhabi there is a fatal accident every two days.

tasks of safeapp wg

Tasks of SafeAPP WG

  • Advise EC how driver distraction of APPs can be reduced
  • Help deploying the EU ITS Action Plan and Directive
  • Align with the HMI working group
  • Advice on assessment of compliance
  • Advice on maintenance after deployment
advise on driver distraction

Advise on driver distraction

  • Political specifications
  • R&D and technological gaps
  • Organizational aspects
  • Regulation to facilitate deployment process
  • International cooperation (e.g. NTHSA)
roles of european commission

Roles of European Commission

  • DG Connect: bringing stakeholders together, initiate definition and R&D activities and if essential provide funding
  • DG Move: deployment, regulation and legislations in public sector
  • DG Enterprise: deployment, regulation and legislations in private sector
  • Other DGs: internal EC support
tools for regulation

Tools for Regulation

  • European Statement of Principle (ESoP) based on the merged work of HMI and SafeAPP working group.
  • Directive implementation compulsory for Member States and industry.
  • EU legislation e.g. making paring of phone and head unit mandatory.

 Choice will depend on (potential) safety impact of APPs

main benefits of cooperation liaison

Main benefits of cooperation / liaison

  • Political and regulatory choices will be close to market developments.
  • Industry sector can influence regulatory processes towards feasible solutions
  • Industry sector can smoothly at forehand prepare for potential future regulation.
  • Aspects to be considered:
    • European Interface Standard for pairing and firewall
    • No IPR royalties to avoid a “get around” needs to be developed


  • Driver distraction of APPs is a hot topic at the EP, EC and MS.
  • Regulation is very likely, in whatever form.
  • Traffic accidents, caused by APPs, may make the political demands harder and deployment faster.
  • Regulation may reduce driver distraction but will not solve it.
  • The solution has be attractive enough to withheld users to operate the device in their hand.
  • A cooperation between CCC and SafeAPP WG could be beneficial for both (feasibility, timing, attractiveness, etc.)
scope discussion topics hmi wg

Scope discussion topics HMI WG

Source: HMI WG

Vehicle types

Specialist vehicles

Origin of hardware and fixing


HMI technology

Responsibility of stakeholders

Assessment of compliance

International cooperation

specific scope items for safeapp

Specific Scope items for SafeAPP

User groups

Mode of operation and equipment configuration

Safe presentation

Prioritization of messages

Deployment accelerators