This year, the FIA Region I Spring Meeting was held from 9 to 11 May in Rome, Italy, at the kind invitation of the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) and gathered 248 Club Delegates from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
THEMATIC SESSION – 10 MAY
During the Thematic Session held on 10 May, Koninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond (ANWB – The Netherlands), Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC – Germany), Touring Club Suisse (TCS – Switzerland) and Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI – Italy) presented their Clubs’ latest strategies and projects on energy, health, drones and driving assistant systems.
ANWB CEO Marketing of Jager discussed the new ANWB strategy which focuses on three objectives: growing the membership base, maximizing societal impact, and doubling their current turnover. ANWB is reducing CO2 footprint and contribution to societal impact, ANWB has recently launched in the Netherlands. ANWB also aims to be more customer-centric by incorporating a customer journey perspective into all of their workstreams.
ADAC Board Member for Tourism and Transport Dieter Nischl explained how to target the core of its services, questioning the “why” when developing new products and services, and keeping its focus on providing assistance for members.
TCS unveiled the Drone & Vertical Mobility Academy – a joint FIA and TCS initiative to explore the drone industry and potential for growth among Member Clubs. Nicolas Brieger highlights that drones are no longer a science fiction film but a reality that is incorporated in many countries across the world. TCS is offering a blueprints project for FIA Member Clubs who are interested in starting or developing a drone project in their country. TCS is offering to finance and pilot one drone project as part of a start-up challenge.
ACI Infomobility Director General Francesco Mazzone presented Luceverde – a mobile information service that offers real-time traffic information, provides local parking spots, weather information and more. ACI Informatica IT Demand Manager Francesco Armaroli introduced ACI Drive, a vocal assistant who provides advice on the best routes to take, music, weather conditions and even information on driving behavior. With good driving behavior, users can benefit from car insurance policies.
REGION TO PLENARY ASSEMBLY – 11 MAY
Electric mobility was the highlight of the FIA Region I Plenary Assembly held on 11 May. FIA Member Clubs Norges Automobil-Forbund (NAF – Norway) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond (ANWB – The Netherlands) presented their activities and service offering to members who drive electric vehicles.
NAF CEO Stig Skjøstad and NAF Head of eMobility Eivind Skar presented “El Prix” – NAF’s annual Electric Vehicle (EV) tests for objective consumer information. It is the world’s largest EV test, testing driving range and charging speed of around 30 EVs each year. NAF also highlights the different challenges consumers face when it comes to EVs. Charging payments, driving range, charging speeds and charging stations are now new areas of concern for consumers.
ANWB Head of Energy Perry Lievaart presented AWNB Energy – a new company set up by ANWB focusing on clean and affordable energy. ANWB Energy targets not only mobility but also the energy transition. ANWB Energy allows members to charge their vehicles when they receive excess energy off the grid.
FIA Region I Membership Director Gabriel Simcic introduced the new Region I Alternative Fuels Observatory, and the results of recent operations. The survey highlights innovation in the areas of information and advice to members, but also the diverse range of products and services to help select members, purchase or lease, and charge their EV. However, when it comes to data collection by an electric vehicle.
GALA DINNER – 11 MAY
The Gala Dinner, held on May 11, was the occasion to award several FIA Region I Clubs for their innovative projects.
ÖAMTC CEO Oliver Schmerold received the ‘Assistance Booklet Campaign’ Award for Excellence in Advertising. Overall, 5 Clubs submitted campaigns for the 2022 ‘Excellence in Advertising Award’: all the advertising campaigns can be seen on the Innovation Hub. FIA Region I introduced the ‘Excellence in Advertising’ Award in 2018 to recognize the high level of creativity that Clubs invest in promoting their services.
ANWB won the 2022 Innovation Award with the Smart Energy & Electric Vehicle Charging Platform project. The Innovation Award is a benchmark for promoting creative thinking in new projects and endeavors. This year, there were a total of 15 submissions for the Innovation Award. ANWB’s project aims to raise awareness of electric vehicles and protect the interests of EV drivers. Through the platform, members pay the actual purchase price of energy, which provides significant benefits to those who charge their vehicles outside of peak hours.
ACI won the ‘Becoming a Mobility Club’ Award 2022 with Luceverde which offers real-time updates on road / traffic / weather conditions, events, and public transport.
The FIA Region I Spring Meeting provides a great opportunity for all the region.