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Dear ladies and gentlemen …

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Automated Driving, Future Mobility & Digitalization

… these keywords summarise a megatrend of our century. Extensive R&D investigations and innovation processes towards future mobility are driven faster than ever before. In combination with the predicted changes in customer demands, there is uprising a crucial paradigm change. The primary business sector of the OEMs is expanded, turning from car manufacturers to providers of sustainable mobility services. In terms of strategic alignment, the leading manufacturers are keeping traditional values, but at the same time they establish their own brands or open to alliances with strong IT players, who benefit from their extensive know-how in artificial intelligence-based software, data processing and user-oriented services.

Advanced automotive technology presents itself largely as “ready to market”: in terms of their functional range, the generations of latest and future vehicle models are going up to the limits of what is and what will be legally possible. At the same time, enormous investments have been pushed by political tailwind to enable highly automated driving in real road conditions – starting on highways and now focusing on the next level of connected autonomous vehicle applications in inner-city scenarios.

Regardless of the rapid technological progress, we are more and more facing the reality in practice and the challenges – especially homologation, legal and ethic questions – are core objectives of current expert working groups.

The ADFD symposium offers a high class forum to exchange experiences in the international community of automotive & information technologies, mobility & transportation research as well as social & legal sciences.

Take impressions from a review on our previous symposium, which successfully took place – in this form for the first time in Germany – in November 2016 with delegates from 14 countries: The highlights include live test drives with autonomous vehicle demonstrations accompanying the entire conference, which attracted great public interest. Special attention was paid to the moderated plenary sessions on selected topics. Technical questions, opportunities, but also existing challenges were addressed openly in the panel keynotes and further discussed in the parallel sessions with 40 specialised presentations.

This year, we are looking forward to welcoming you in person from 6th to 8th September on our ADFD 2017 at the Expowal in Hanover.

Best regards

Dr.-Ing. Roman Henze Ass. iur. Leonie Harmal

Dr.-Ing. Roman Henze, Chairman, Manager Vehicle Dynamics & Active Systems, Institute of Automotive Engineering, TU Braunschweig
Ass. jur. Leonie Harmal, Conference Director, Car Training Institute