Big Data and the Automated Vehicle Sector: competition law highlights from recent announcements in Brussels

To say there has been a lot of activity recently in Brussels concerning big data, the digital economy and competition law would be an understatement. The Brussels antitrust community was abuzz with the European Commission’s (“EC“) much anticipated conference on shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation, which took place last month and was attended by a delegation from HSF’s Brussels competition team.

In this short piece we look at one issue which is of interest to the automated vehicle sector and featured in the discussions leading up to the conference as part of the EC’s consultation on Shaping Competition Policy in the Era of Digitisation, which attracted numerous submissions by interested parties. This is the issue of big data and its importance for Connected Automated Vehicles (“CAV“) and competition in the sector.

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In May 2018, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Sydney office hosted the conference Driving forward with connected and autonomous vehicles“, the final in a series of similar events hosted in New York, London and across Asia. The Sydney conference brought together participants from government and the private sector, including infrastructure providers, data analysts, insurers and technology investors, to discuss how government and businesses can work together to best prepare for the advent of CAVs.

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Herbert Smith Freehills recently hosted a series of panel discussions with expert speakers, discussing a range of topics within connected and autonomous vehicles and technologies. This video provides highlights of the key questions, challenges and potential solutions that were discussed during the panel sessions and that are expected to arise as connected and autonomous vehicles are developed and commercialised.

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