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Mattes: Artificial intelligence creates enhanced road safety

Berlin, 01 December 2018

A key technology decisive for automated and autonomous driving with enormous potential for automobile production as well

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology that will affect all sectors of life and the economy in the future. AI is leaving the realm of research step by step and is being used in more and more business models. Prior to the Digital Summit 2018 held on December 3-4 in Nuremburg, and centering around the topic of AI, Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), emphasized that:

"KI plays a decisive role along the road to automated and autonomous driving. A major advantage of this technology is that it can achieve a constant and distinctly elevated level of attention in comparison with an automobile driver. This means greater accuracy and thus greater safety. 'Vision Zero' will be impossible without AI.

In the highly automated or even autonomous driving of the future, sophisticated systems will have to make complex decisions. Urban traffic scenarios, in particular, are highly complex. Conventional analytical methods for capturing the vehicle's surroundings will come up against their limits here. For this reason, AI will become an important key technology for the automotive industry.

The automotive industry is pressing ahead with research, development and the introduction of innovations. One point is clear: competitors outside the automobile industry are increasingly mastering the key technology AI. There is thus a need for strategic action by players in the political, scientific and industrial spheres. Against this background we welcome the AI strategy of the German government and its related intention to promote AI in all sectors.

Nevertheless, an increase in research funding is necessary. This funding should be used both for cross-sectoral and cross-application basic research and for applied research.

AI is based on digitized data. AI technology is therefore one of the biggest technological drivers and digitization winners. KI enables us to analyze the multitude of data collected today in a totally new way. Companies and governments are expending substantial resources to make use of these analytical possibilities.

People frequently display restraint and fear regarding this technology when the data have their origins in social and personal environments. The fear that personal data could be used for false purposes must be allayed – in particular with transparency.

It is just as important to understand that: the more data AI systems can analyze, the better they will become. This can be compared to a never-ending learning process. For this reason, the development of this technology must be watched carefully. However, in Germany especially, we should not see only risks but must recognize and use the many opportunities, above all, that this technology offers.

KI offers enormous potential for the automotive industry both in the industry's products and in its production and value-added chains. According to a study conducted by McKinsey in the worldwide automotive industry, up to 61 billion dollars could be saved in production up to the year 2025 – for example, by using AI-based quality control. Additional potential exists in purchasing and intralogistics – for example, via autonomous delivery to the production line."

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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