The VDA Co-ordination team "networked and automated driving"
Mobility needs and expectations continue to rise. Globalisation drives demand and advancing technologies offer potential solutions. Demographic shift and a growing urban population increasingly stress the existing infra-structure. The automotive industry must decide its role in solving these and other difficult challenges.
The automobile must deliver increased efficiency, increased safety and at the same time offer a driver / passenger experience that matches their needs. Driver needs will vary depending on their situation. For example, during the daily commute to work a user may prefer to travel in a highly automated mode, increase their personal efficiency by using the time to read and answer emails, read the news, or prepare for the first meeting of the day. At the weekend they may choose to use the same vehicle but on this occasion simply enjoy the driving themselves.
Driver assistance systems and increasing levels of vehicle automation and networking will play a central role in the evolution of user experience. To enable this change the automobile and the way it interacts with its users and surroundings must further evolve.
There are many aspects to be considered in the development of these complex customer functions. The VDA co-ordination team, “networked and automated driving” is working with the VDA members and adjacent industry sectors to establish a framework from which a sustainable deployment of networked and automated vehicle in a real world environment is possible.