AUTOBEST is an organization & European auto jury established in 2000 in Bucharest, Romania by leading motoring writers coming from eight countries of Europe, which consists nowadays of 31 members from as many European countries. Our mission is to deliver to the car customers of Europe a solid option not only in best buy car but also in other fields like, eco, infotainment on board, technical and safety. Rank the best suitable passenger cars according to average European consumers needs is our goal. All of our awards are highly regarded as the most important European accolades coming from the largest Independent motoring writers Jury. More about AUTOBEST on www.autobest.org
European AUTOBEST Summit first edition is taking place in Bucharest, June 13th, 2018. This edition is organized in partnership with Bucharest City Hall, supported by all the departments involved in the city traffic, environment, parking problematic, smart city solutions, etc.
The aim of the summit is to bring the key specialists involved in the most relevant programs of autonomous driving, connected technologies on board and green propulsions. We are looking inside the automotive industry – to explore both ideas with/without steering wheel and pedals, but also outside auto industry to startups and other companies involved in these megatrends, from cybersecurity to legal issues coming from these profound transformations. All these people will get in direct contact with Bucharest City Hall specialists, trying to understand what is possible today and what we can expect in the near future. It is our target to make responsible executives of the City Hall, media and finally the participants and the public aware about solutions and opportunities but also about the limitations of these technologies/trends. By the end of the Summit, we will consider our mission accomplished if the key people involved will go back with a much clear perspective of the future, with a `to do list of actions`.
According to an annual study conducted by GPS systems manufacturer TomTom in 2014, Bucharest is the city with the biggest traffic jams in Europe, with a congestion level of 41%. Romania’s capital surpasses cities such as London (37%), Marseille (36%), and Paris (35%), being close to Warsaw (40%) and Rome (38%).
In Bucharest, the rush hours for car traffic are 7:00-9:00, and 16:00-18:00, shows the 2016-2030 interim report of the Bucharest-Ilfov Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. However, the city’s entry and exit routes are crowded throughout the day.
“The average index of congestion during evening rush hours is 82% and is higher than the one registered during morning rush hours – 78%. Moreover, the congestion on secondary streets is much higher than the congestion on main streets,” reads the report.
Most people use their cars during rush hours to get to work or job-related places. Taking the children to or from school and going shopping are the other main reasons Bucharesters use their cars.
The report also shows that the number of trips made by car represent about half of the total trips made on distances longer than 1 km and are much higher than all the trips made by public transportation.
When it comes to why local citizens choose to travel by car, the report shows that one of the main reasons is the free parking.
Another reason is that the public transportation doesn’t satisfy the accessibility needs, as one in two travelers have to change the bus, the tram or the trolleybus during a trip.
The report also shows that the total number of trips made in Bucharest and Ilfov amounts to more than 6 million per day.
“The average number of trips is 2.7 per person, and of only 1.8 trips per day when it doesn’t involve walking. The ratio is low compared to other European cities with a much higher number of trips per person: Amsterdam – 3.1, Budapest – 3.6, and Paris – 4.2.”
These above mention details show the urgency of finding real solutions in Bucharest. With this summit, AUTOBEST engages itself in finding real solutions for the Bucharest traffic.