19. - 20. March 2015
FILharmonie, Filderstadt (Germany)
The subjects of the environment, energy and electro-mobility, as well as vehicle safety and electronics were the focus of the 17th VDA Technical Conference, which took place on March 19 and 20, 2015, in Filderstadt. The event was officially opened by VDA President Matthias Wissmann. In his welcome speech, he emphasized that networked and automated driving would also make the mobility of tomorrow safer and more efficient, not just more convenient.
The VDA president was joined at the opening session by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, State Secretary Rainer Bomba, Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board at Robert Bosch GmbH, Gabriele Dönig-Poppensieker, Mayor of Filderstadt, Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Joseph Bakaj, Vice-President Product Development Europe, Ford of Europe, and Peter Langen, BMW Group, Head of the Development, Driving Dynamics and Driver Assistance Division.
Other speakers included Dr. Stefan Jockusch, Siemens Product Life-cycle Management Software Inc., Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Munich Technical University, Chair for Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, Wolf-Henning Scheider, Robert Bosch GmbH, member of the Board, Speaker for the Motor Vehicle Technology Division and Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler AG, member of the Board for Group Research and & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. A related exhibition was held in conjunction with the Technical Congress.
Impressions from the Exhibition
In addition to the Technical Congress the participants got the possibility to visit a large exhibition with numerous interesting exhibits. Companies and institutions used the Technical Congress to present their products. The participants have had intensive discussions during the breaks.
A special highlight of the 2015 Technical Congress was an event entitled “Looking back to the future.” The PROMETHEUS Project was completed in 1994. One of the outstanding results of this project was the development of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which is a distance and speed controller for use on highways – and now available on almost all vehicles. ACC can be seen as a major step forward on the road to automated driving functionality. A series of major players in the research program spoke during a PROMETHEUS session at the Technical Congress. PROMETHEUS has provided a huge impetus for improving safety and efficiency in road transportation.
Of course the Technical Congress was again a very important gathering for many experts from the automotive industry with numerous possibilities for intensive conversations. By the way the penumbral solar eclipse could be observed.