20. - 21. March 2014
Topics of the environment, energy and electric mobility as well as vehicle safety and electronics featured centrally in the 16th Technical Congress of the VDA held on March 20 and 21, 2014 in Hanover. The event was opened by the president of the VDA, Matthias Wissmann. In his welcoming address, he emphasized that road safety occupies first place in the agenda of manufacturers and components companies, with the goal of achieving accident-free driving.
In addition to the VDA president, the opening session also featured Olaf Lies, Minister for Economics, Labor and Transport of Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Chairman of the Board of Management of Continental AG. Other speakers included: Bernhard Mattes, Chairman of the Board of Management of Ford-Werke GmbH, Helmut Matschi, member of the Board of Management of Continental AG, Karl Stracke, President Magna Steyr Vehicle Technology and Engineering, Magna Steyr AG & Co. KG, Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein, Head of the Institute for Motor Vehicles at RWTH Aachen University, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Alessandro Bernardini, PD&E – Innovation Truck & Bus, Alternative Traction & Electrification Director, IVECO S.p.A., Prof. Dr. Martin Wietschel, Coordinator of Business Unit Energy Economy at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Arne Schönbohm, President of Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V., and Eckard Eberle, CEO Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens AG.
Further speakers provided contributions on topics of networking vehicles, automated driving, research for safety in road traffic as well as driver assistance systems. In the topic area of environment, energy and electric mobility, the WLTP emissions cycle and the potential of conventional drives were explained.
The 16th Technical Congress was supplemented by a specialist exhibition presenting prototype vehicles with electric drives, for example, and the latest safety technologies. This also included exhibits on the topics of driver assistance systems, drive efficiency as well as software for product life cycle management. The specialist exhibition provided an ideal supplement to the lecture topics, and was also a platform for technical discussions.