Autonomous Driving 2014 - The Future Of ADAS
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Dr. Eberhard Zeeb
Manager Autonomous Driving
Daimler AG / Germany
"Very good presentations, very high skilled persons, very good mixture of presentations and interactive sessions."
Konrad Pfaller, Audi
"Rightly professional conference with the perfect match between state of the art presentations and
break-out networking sessions!"
Bert Dexters, Flanders Drive
"You really connected global leaders!"
Prana Tharthiharan Natarajan, Frost & Sullivan
"Great learning with like-minded people, I now have 50+ people in my network – I can now call them."
Mussa Mahomed, Nylacast Limited
"Thank you for a very well performed business event – yes, it was much more than a conference!"
Per Adolfsson, Sentient Sweden
"Informative conference (provide) with unique cafes / discussions that permitted interactive
discussions on relevant topics."
Andy Shaw, Bentley Motors Ltd.
"Relaxed, open atmosphere with a new refreshing concept."
Kristof Polmans, Thyssen Krupp Presta AG
RELAXED GET-TOGETHER BEFORE THE CONGERENCE
On the eve of the first conference day, the Icebreaker session provided a first opportunity to network, benchmark and discuss, while allowing the participants to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere at the Ramada Hotel in Berlin, Germany.
“Great collection of key players in the industry.”
Prof. Emilio Frazzoli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The first day of the conference was focused on the latest developments of autonomous driving. The presentations and case studies dealt with various topics such as mobility, legal aspects, the design of a roadmap toward autonomous driving as well as system & component requirements.
During the first part of the day, Karlheinz Haupt, Continental Corporation, Germany, highlighted Continental Strategic Roadmap, leading from ADAS to highly automated driving. Later on, Anders Eugensson, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden, focused on the legal aspects of autonomous driving by describing the legal framework, liability issues along with future developments linked to the innovative field. Harald Altinger, Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, Germany, later discussed piloted parking within parking garages, explaining the driver assistance system as well as distributed sensors and decision logics enabling this new service.
The first evening ended with a guided bus tour through Berlin’s most famous sites and a delightful networking dinner at the 12 Apostel restaurant, famous for its Italian atmosphere.
“A well organized event by we.CONECT with very high attendance underlining the interest in this topic”
Robert Kraus, Inova Semiconductors GmbH
The second day centered on case studies and various keynotes discussing new systems and technologies for autonomous driving. Presentations focused on topics such as in-vehicle apps or interfaces between customer functions and environment sensors.
As a start into the second day of the conference, Dr. Hariolf Gentner, BMW AG, Germany, centered his presentation on the evolution from single sensors to the environment model, which will lead to highly automated driving. Later on, Danny Shapiro, NVIDIA, USA focused on enabling cars to become super cars, by implementing the next wave of in-vehicle aops and automation. Patrice Reilhac, Valeo, Germany, closed off the conference by presenting Valeo’s project on intuitive driving, an end-user based vision for the automated and connected car.
“A lively coming together of great minds in autonomous drive, which stimulated thoughts and opened the mind.”
Yi Zheng, QNX
Participants explained the suggested numerous difficulties and challenges they encounter in their daily work and throughout their experience in the industry, and looked at different possible solutions.
In addition to the outstanding presentations of the event, we.CONECT strived to achieve more. This is why we asked each participant, before the conference, for further topics, questions and issues they feel are important to address. Based on this information, we created innovative and exciting Challenge Your Peers Roundtables. Each table dealt with important topics which participants had shown interest in. Discussions lasted for most of the afternoon on the first-day.
Overview of the Topics
“The conference was a horizon-enhancing experience - Informative talks, exhilarating discussions, perfectly organized.”
Peter Battram, OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology
Through a series of small intensive, interactive and innovative roundtable discussions delegates were able to exchange ideas and best practices on important topics and problems/issues faced.
During the World Café Sessions on the second conference day, participants were given the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on the following nine core issues:
Torsten Schultz and Bernhard Mueller-Bessler, Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik Germany on Advanced Testing – Validation of Deterministic Systems in Non-Deterministic Environment
Corinna Eckstein, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) and Ingo Kruse, Daimler AG on HMI Requirements for Autonomous Vehicles
Collaborative Mobility Café
Dr. Ilja Radusch, Daimler Center for Automotive Information Technology Innovations (DCAITI) on Aiming at Compatibility of Safety and Efficiency of Road Traffic
User Experience Café
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg on User Experience in Vehicles: What is the Impact of Autonomous Driving on Driving Behaviour and Driving Experience?
Deployment Timeline Café
Richard Bishop, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International USA on Defining the Deployment Potential for Autonomous Vehicles in Different Regions
Product Development Café
Tim Kentley-Klay, Michael Harrison-Ford and Alex McDonald, Zoox.CO Australia on Zoox – Thinking About Autonomous Mobility From a Product Vision Perspective
Dr. Karl Iagnemma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA on Key Research Questions in Autonomous Vehicle Development
Safety & Risk Café
Torquil Ross Martin, Tata Motors UK on Safety and Risk Issues For Self Driving Cars
Alain Dunoyer, SBD (Secured By Design Ltd) UK on Sensors to Support Autonomous Driving
With the key objective of the world café roundtables to create ample new perspectives, participants took action and approached the nine issues collectively to create real output.