Second day of VDA’s 19th Technical Congress in Berlin – Europe’s most important meeting of automotive experts
The second day of the 19th Technical Congress of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is focusing on the two central themes of “Vehicle safety and electronics” and “Environment, energy and electric mobility.” The Technical Congress in Berlin is the most important meeting for the automotive industry and is accompanied by 17 exhibitors. With over 700 participants from the realms of business, academia and politics it has set a new record. The Technical Congress is becoming more and more international: ambassadors and embassy delegates from ten countries – the US, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Yemen, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Mauritius and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal – have registered to attend. More than 50 high-ranking representatives from the automotive industry are giving presentations at the Technical Congress.
The second congress day was opened on Thursday by Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Integrity and Legal Affairs, with a session on “Legal and ethical aspects of autonomous driving.” She stressed, “Laws and ethics must keep up with technical developments. The existing legal rules and ethical principles offer a suitable framework for the partially automated systems already on the roads. For the future of autonomous driving, when the driver is merely a passenger or there is no driver at all, the existing regulations will have to be expanded and re-interpreted.”
Jungo Brüngger underscored the importance of a public discourse: “For a responsible approach to autonomous driving, it is also important to have a wide-ranging discussion of the legal and ethical issues. In order to promote public acceptance of this forward-looking technology, we need an exchange between business, science, society and politics.”
This was followed by keynote speeches from Thorsten Gollewski, Vice President Advanced Engineering of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Dr. Axel Heinrich, Executive Director Group Research at Volkswagen AG, explaining the significance of “Vision Zero.” Gollewski described the technologies for automation all the way to accident-free driving, and Dr. Heinrich posed the question, “Vision Zero – what could be the part of the automotive industry?”
Another keynote session was devoted to digitization. Dr. Steffen Berns, President of Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH, spoke on “Connected Mobility – Opportunities of the 3rd Living Space.” Dr. Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President Electronics of BMW AG, covered the topic of “Ownership of data: market potential and customer value.” Ralf Lenninger, Executive Vice President Business Unit Intelligent Transportation Systems, Continental Automotive GmbH, spoke about “Data Ownership: Conflict or common strategy?” Thilo Koslowski, CEO of Porsche Digital, described “The Digital Renaissance of the Automobile.” Dr. Stefan Jockusch, Vice President, Strategy of Siemens PLM Software, tackled the topic of “Transformation of developments and production - Creating the Digital Twin of Tomorrow’s Cars.” A vehicle is developed using a simulation with a “digital twin” all along the development chain.
In the session on “Environment, energy and electric mobility,” the efficiency potentials in the drivetrain were described against the background of regulatory requirements. It also dealt with the question of what innovative options the new 48-volt on-board power supply offers for hybridization.