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Well connected: Europe’s largest technology meeting will focus on connected cars

Berlin, 24 February 2015

VDA’s 17th Technical Congress in Filderstadt on March 19 & 20, 2015

For the 17th time now, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is inviting attendees to this year’s Technical Congress in the FILharmonie in the German town of Filderstadt on March 19 and 20. “Climate-neutral mobility – today that is still a vision, but it is simultaneously the goal of the German automotive industry. For this reason our industry is continuing to accelerate its innovations. The Technical Congress in Filderstadt will point up the associated challenges,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA, in the run-up to the event. Furthermore, the thematic areas of “Environment, Energy and Electric Mobility” and “Vehicle Safety and Electronics” will once again be the focus of attention at Europe’s largest meeting of automotive experts. More than 500 participants from a large number of countries are expected, along with high-ranking representatives of the automotive industry, politics and academia. The event will be accompanied by a technical exhibition.

Connectivity and automated driving will be a major focus. “Connectivity and automated driving are the key topics for the mobility of the future. The advanced driver assistance systems, which our manufacturers and suppliers are continually advancing, bring us closer and closer to the vision of accident-free driving. In 2016, 80 percent of new cars will already be connected. Cars are thus undergoing digital evolution. We want to examine the technical, legal and political consequences of this development and discuss them with our high-caliber speakers at the congress,” the VDA president explained.

VDA President Matthias Wissmann will open the VDA’s 17th Technical Congress in the FILharmonie in Filderstadt together with Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

The other speakers are:

  • Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • Gabriele Dönig-Poppensieker, Mayor of Filderstadt
  • Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the German state of Baden-Württemberg
  • Prof. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
  • Joseph Bakaj, Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe
  • Peter Langen, Head of Driving Dynamics and Driver Assistance, BMW Group
  • Prof. Klaus Mainzer, TUM (Technische Universität München)

The complete conference program and further information are available online, at:

Representatives of the media can register for the Technical Congress with Ms. Ute Botterschulte ( Attendance is free of charge for journalists.

Eckehart Rotter
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