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Dr. Joachim Damasky

Director Technology and Environment VDA

From Driver Assistance to Automated Driving

Automated driving is an important step on the way to the mobility of the future, which will transport people and goods safely, comfortably and efficiently, without stress, accidents, traffic jams or harm to the environment. In combination with the growing capabilities in the areas of information acquisition, transmission and processing, it is possible to develop vehicle functions that assume a growing share of driving duties while supporting or relieving the driver in overburdened or less-than-challenging situations. The first functions can be expected for less complex traffic situations such as traffic jams or autobahn driving, or for parking scenarios in the low-speed range, for example. This technological trend and the general conditions for its exploitation must be rounded out for a successful market introduction. This lecture will provide an overview on the key areas of action in this regard.

Johann Jungwirth

Chief Digital Officer Volkswagen Group

The Disruption of the Automotive Industry

The megatrends of digitization, urbanization and sustainability are influencing and determining our everyday life. Now that other industries and sectors have been disrupted, mainly through digitization, the trend has now reached the automobile as well.

New competitors, who primarily are coming from the software sector, are attempting to develop alternative concepts and establish them in the market.

Google, Apple, Faraday Future, Tesla and many others from the innovation centers of the world are occupied with the reinvention of the automobile. Changes in the customer requirements for mobility, sustainability and services are further exacerbating the conditions.

But this trend also offers tremendous opportunities to contribute decisively to an improvement in our quality of life. The Volkswagen Group will press ahead with this trend in the role of a leading global provider of mobility and as an integrated hardware, software and services company.

Oliver Bahns

Senior Vice President Connected Car, Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Systems, Digital Divison

Shape the digital mobility – End2End mobility solutions for connected cars

Digitalization has become one of the driving forces within the automotive industry: OEMs turn into mobility providers and new partners enter the automotive ecosystem.

Based on its best-in-class network, Deutsche Telekom enables corporate customers to implement new digital business models, e.g. for automated driving and intelligent, real-time traffic management.

Parking is already one of the most important aspects of connected mobility – especially in city traffic. Deutsche Telekom is going to develop a new, integrated service offering for public and private parking space operators – allowing drivers to experience a seamless, innovative parking process.

For the huge market of used cars, we offer End2End products for the aftermarket to help OEMs, dealership and service providers to establish direct consumer contact and retain long-term customer loyalty.

We operate our solutions for the digital transformation in highly-secure data centers with a unique Cloud ecosystem of standardized platforms and global partnerships.

Dirk Ahlborn

CEO Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT)

Crowdsourcing the Hyperloop

Is it possible to crowdsource a massive project like the hyperloop? Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. is doing just that. Leveraging technology and a 500+ team of global experts,

it is bringing disruptive innovation to the transportation industry.

Startup Factory

Anurag Singh Rathor

Founder & CEO of Zify Carpool

Travel together for a better tomorrow

Can you increase employee productivity, reduce attrition & cost, generate millions of carbon credits and become a more social & environmentally responsible company? Yes, that’s what Zify is helping businesses & corporates achieve by providing a dynamic & more flexible enterprise carpooling solution. We call it ‚Carpooling 2.0‘. Zify is an AI based dynamic carpooling application that socially connects car-owners with empty seats & passengers together travelling in the same direction. Our SMART Routing Algorithm matches people based on their time & route, instead of just location based match, thereby enabling on the way pickup & drop offs. Zify is one of the most innovative carpooling application in the world and also the second largest carpooling company in India.

Macario Namie

Head of IoT Strategy Cisco Jasper

The Next Must-Have Consumer Electronics Device

The focus of connected services by car manufacturers lately has been building out the connected services suite. The next transformation of services won’t be in the services themselves but in the business models of offering the services. If the car is to become a true consumer internet device,

it will require real internet style monetization models.

In this talk we will explore internet monetization models, the infrastructure needed to monetize internet style and also learn about the vocabulary a vehicle knows when it’s an always on connected IoT device.

Dieter May

Senior Vice President Digital Services and Business Models BMW

Connected Car Revolution

Changes in the automotive industry in the next 5 years will be greater than changes that did occur in this industry for the last 30 years at least. Digitalization will change mobility altogether and make the car become the ultimate smart device, deeply integrated in our digital lifes, offering smart, delightful and seamless mobility experiences. This leads to the fact, that the automotive industry essentially becomes a part of a bigger “mobility industry”.

For BMW this means, inventing the future of individual premium mobility to fulfill our customer’s needs as we did strive to do within the last 100 years. For us, mobility begins long before entering a car and does not end when leaving it. We envision the future of mobility as being stress less, convenient and seamlessly integrated across multiple mobility concepts and customer touchpoints, by minimizing the resource investments – time, energy, and money – at the same time. We aim to create delightful customer experiences to meet our customers’ individual mobility needs, driven by context and personalization.

Dr. Jan Wehinger

Senior Manager MHP – A Porsche Company

The New Competition for the Mobility Dividend

The mobility sector is caught in a huge, unprecedented transformational movement, starting with the diversification in types of powertrains and the trend away from vehicle ownership and toward vehicle use, all the way to the actual dawn of automated driving. In his lecture, Dr. Wehinger sheds light on the redistribution of the mobility dividend. More and more, completely new business models are imaginable, but they must accommodate the practical constraints of the platform economy. Meanwhile, it is clear that the various success factors and the different ways to operate platforms are just one side of the coin. To benefit from automated driving to the full extent, new approaches to the use of the road infrastructure are required.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bratzel

Director Center of Automotive Management (CAM)

Connected Car Index 2016: “The War of the Worlds”

The convergence of the main trends of connectivity, autonomous driving and mobility concepts is leading to a “War of the Worlds” between the “big data players” and automakers. Their conditions at the start and competency profiles are very different, however. A crucial prerequisite for the automakers’ survival is a high capacity for innovation in the “connected car” and the mobility services fields. The current edition of the Connected Car Index 2016 (CCI), which is compiled exclusively in cooperation with carIT, shows that only a few of the players are positioned very well. The big data players from the Internet and smartphone realms are pushing their way into the world of mobility with new business models and could dominate the interfaces with the customer in the future. Germany so far has not been able to remedy its deficits in its digital capabilities among the connected-car countries. The results of the CCI Index 2016 will be presented to the public for the first time at the Congress.

Torsten Mlasko

Managing Director Bosch SoftTec GmbH

The Future of Connected Mobility

The Future of Connected Mobility will be automated, connected and electrified; driven by user needs and customer expectations. One approach to meet these requirements is to integrate user devices and content. Another benefit of an “always connected” vehicle is higher efficiency and more possibilities for assistance solutions. The basis for the electrified and autonomous future mobility is to be connected.

Bosch SofTtec GmbH is part of the Mobility division of Bosch: we create and deliver Infotainment and Assistance Solutions for Connected Mobility. In my presentation, I will show you on which topics we are actually working on and what you can except for the future.

Bernhard Rohleder

CEO Bitkom

The Cards Are Being Reshuffled. How Digitality Is Changing the Mobility Sector

The first wave of digitization fused information technology and telecommunication. That was 10 years ago. Nothing is the same in these formerly separate sectors. Today digital technologies are merging with nearly every other sector and are playing a huge role in the mobility sector in particular. Two-thirds of automotive executives recognize the impact of digitization on their business. One in five declares self-critically that he has a problem managing digitization. But 44 percent of automotive companies have already drawn up a digital strategy and are further developing their businesses. Some are even completely restructuring it, according to a Bitkom representative survey.

New partners and competitors are emerging – digital companies, platform providers and startups.

The cards are being reshuffled. Germany as a mobility center is facing its greatest challenge so far. The people at the highest levels of its companies have the right attitude: 97 percent of executives in the auto sector see digitization mainly as an opportunity.

Markus Lipinsky

Chief Digital Officer MAN Truck and Bus AG

The basis for comprehensive connectivity in the heterogeneous logistical sector: a new operating system, a new platform

The IAA 2016 is again the venue for world premieres. This time, the matter at hand is not a new vehicle or an innovative type of powertrain, but rather pure digital networking: nothing less than a new operating system for the logistics sector – in the technical as well as in the metaphorical sense. Such a connectivity platform must satisfy four criteria to be successful:

  • Multi-brand: It has to be manufacturer-independent and open to all players in the industry (from vehicle and superstructure manufacturers all the way to software and service providers)
  • Multimodal: Ultimately including all transport carriers (from the road to the rails and water, all the way to the air)
  • Efficient: Not just focused on cost savings but in particular strengthening the income side for logisticians
  • Integrative: Benefits for all the stakeholders in the sector (from the forwarders to the fleet managers and schedulers, all the way to the drivers and the customers of the customers)

The lecture on that platform and its new brand – which has just been launched precisely for this purpose – has this objective and content: is to show how all of that comes together end-to-end.

Martin Risau

Senior Vice President Analytics & Data Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Big Data for highly automated driving – Are you ready?

Experts expect that by 2020 the first autonomously driving vehicles will be available for sale. On that journey still a lot of development breakthroughs are to be made and significant testing of systems and algorithms are to be performed.

Due to the necessary data intensive sensor systems, even a single test drive can produce multiple Terabyte of relevant data – and those numbers are growing continuously. During development, a special challenge with these data volumes is the geographic distribution, where they occur and are captured for example at OEMs, suppliers or at de-central field tests around the globe.

This requires new approaches for data capture, evaluation and data logistics of development test data during the development process. The goal has to be to identify relevant data instantly and make it available to developers to allow efficient use of the respective insights in the test-cycles.

The presentation will show challenges, approaches and solutions from the perspective of a leading Big Data IT specialist. It will discuss setup of an integrated distributed analytic platform which supports effectively the well proven development process and tools, despite of the new data volumes and will provide an outlook into future technologies that will be required to realize highly automated, connected vehicles.

Startup Factory

Michael Zoelzer

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer WearHealth

Digital Health meets Automotive Health

The Digital Revolution provides new opportunities in many different industries. The increasing convergence brings them closer together. WearHealth uses this in Healthcare and Automotive and the Caring Car gets a part of the Connected Car. The AI-driven platform from WearHealth engages data from wearables and health experts with machine learning to empower a context-aware Personal Health Assistant, that is the Driver Health Assistant within the context of the Caring Car.

Using data from wearables, medical devices or smart clothing and the connection to the vehicle, allows the driver to experience the ride healthy and relaxed supported by health advices. With new advanced driver assistance systems Digital Health is turning into Automotive Health and is a milestone on the way to Autonomous Driving.

Dr. Daniela Gerd tom Markotten

Head of Digital Solutions & Services Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Daimler AG

How the connected truck is transforming the world of logistics

The key to the sustainable and efficient logistics of the future is called connectivity. Logistics involves a network with many different participants. So far, this network has lacked the kind of information that will in future be supplied by the connected truck in real-time. Ideally, the connected truck of the future will always be on the road. There’ll be no more paperwork, no accidents and no breakdowns.

Perhaps we’ll never totally achieve such a future – but this is the direction in which we at Daimler are headed. With FleetBoard, we’ve already been living in the world of telematics for over 15 years. Now, connectivity is taking us another step forward: the new service product Mercedes-Benz Uptime detects ahead of time when a truck needs a repair. It also arranges an appointment in the workshop as well as the correct replacement part. This saves time and money. Yet a truck can be connected not just with the dispatcher or the workshop, but also with other trucks. This is just one example of many, and it shows how connectivity and real-time data are transforming today’s world of logistics.

Conference topics


There is enormous potential in networking the vehicle with its environment, its infrastructure and the Internet. Car-to-X communication will revolutionize driving with regard to safety, comfort and infotainment. In the future, it will shape the brand for the customer, making it a crucial factor in purchase decisions.

Navigation & telematics of the future

For the traveler, it is not just mobility itself that is important. It is above all how the distance is covered, since driving is more than reaching a destination as effectively as possible. It is essential to unify new methods of communication with the vehicle’s navigation, thus making driving more efficient and contributing to the enjoyment of the experience.

Driver assistance systems

Automatic evasion maneuvers, lane change and proximity warning systems, and the like: Smart, cognitive assistance systems will have a crucial impact on future success. They are among the important safety features that car buyers are calling for.

Transportation management

Depending on the current traffic situation, collective traffic management temporarily clears an emergency lane, proposes the optimal maximum speed, or controls ingress onto a freeway. Individual systems navigate around traffic jams and alert the driver to danger points up ahead. This makes traffic management systems an important contribution to the mobility of tomorrow.

Infotainment, apps & controls

More personal, faster, easier, safer: Infotainment systems & apps with an interface to home, office and the environment have a substantial impact on purchase decisions, especially for the Facebook generation, according to studies. The industry is looking for high-performance and innovative business concepts.

e-Mobility & IT

Electric mobility is challenging the industry. Innovative concepts are needed for the smart networking of vehicle technology, infrastructure, network integration, smart vehicle communication and traffic management.

Autonomous driving

Although airplane pilots switch to autopilot right after take-off, car drivers have not been able to turn to this kind of technological assistance so far. Autonomous driving will revolutionize travel by car.

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