17. - 18. March 2016
Forum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg (Germany)
“Never before was the VDA’s Technical Congress as exciting as it was in March 2016. The agenda’s topics of electric mobility, and connected and automated driving, covered two major forces behind innovations that make driving a car more environmentally friendly, safer, more efficient and more comfortable. They represent huge challenges for the automotive industry, but also significant opportunities that we will exploit,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), as the VDA’s 18th Technical Congress got underway. With over 600 participants from business, academia and politics, the Technical Congress offered numerous opportunities for discussions and exchanging ideas.
Increasing investments in projects and applications for connected and automated driving can make road traffic both more efficient and safer. A crucial contribution to greater road safety will come from connected and automated driving, which will enable cars to communicate with and to “warn” one another.
Amongst others the following speakers gave a presentation: Rainer Bomba, State secretary, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Gilles Le Borgne, VP Research & Development, Peugeot Citroën Automobiles (PCA) and President of Comité Technique Automobile (PFA), Dr. Rolf Bulander, Member of the Board of Management Robert Bosch GmbH, Chairman Business Sector Mobility Solutions, Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Prof. Dr. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Prof. Dr. Karsten Lemmer, Director of the Institute of Transportation Systems at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ralf Lenninger, Senior Vice President Corporate Function Continental Automotive GmbH, Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, Executive Vice President Digital Enterprise, Siemens PLM Software Inc., Walter Nissler, Chief of Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations, Section Sustainable Transport Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Dr. Harald Naunheimer, Executive Vice President ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Gertrud Sahler, Department IG, German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Dr. Andreas Schamel, Director Global Powertrain, Research & Advanced Engineering, Director Ford Aachen Research & Innovation Center (RIC), Jean-Dominique Senard, Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner, Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques Michelin, Dr. Michael Steiner, Vice President Complete Vehicle Engineering / Quality Management Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG Group, Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Impressions from the Exhibition
In addition to the 18th Technical Congress the participants got again the possibility to visit a large exhibition with numerous interesting exhibits. Companies, universities and institutions presented their products and offered an ambience for the congress participants to have had intensive discussions during the breaks.
Evening event in the Porsche Museum
The evening event in the Porsche Museum allowed participants to get together in a relaxed setting accompanied by excellent music and food. And of course they could discuss the legendary sports cars on display.
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