European automotive supplier association, CLEPA, has welcomed an EC initiative aimed at regulating artificial intelligence.

The proposal focuses on ‘high-risk’ AI applications and sets mandatory requirements AI system providers must fulfil before placing them on the market.

Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent every day in automotive solutions, particularly in those providing safety benefits. Applications such as emergency braking or lane-keeping systems frequently rely on machine learning AI, which trains them to recognise lane markings, obstacles, pedestrians, or other vehicles.

Within five years, most active safety systems in new cars will be—at least partially—AI-based maintains CLEPA and by 2030 all new vehicles will have AI technology. In the future, fully autonomous vehicles will make extensive use of AI.

“An appropriate legislative framework can boost the development and uptake of AI by providing market participants more legal certainty and bolstering consumer trust,” said CLEPA secretary general, Sigrid de Vries.

“However, the importance of not hindering innovation unnecessarily cannot be stressed enough. Burdensome requirements would jeopardise the development of safer vehicles and the EU’s own objective to eliminate road casualties by 2050.

“Regulatory requirements should always remain proportionate to the possible risks.”

CLEPA noted it considers the proposal published is in the right direction by ensuring automotive products remain primarily regulated through their sector-specific framework.

The legislative proposal is now in the hands of the EU’s co-legislators, the Parliament and the Council. In this context, CLEPA adds automotive suppliers wish to reiterate the need for a coherent regulatory framework on AI.

CLEPA believes AI-related technical requirements for automotive products must be implemented into the existing vehicle type-approval framework, rather than duplicating certification, testing, and market surveillance. The supplier body says automotive suppliers “trust the co-legislators will support the Commission’s approach” in this regard.

CLEPA’s views on artificial intelligence were further outlined in a position paper adopted in December, 2020.