ConCarExpo – International Trade Fair

ConCarExpo – International Trade Fair

Last week’s ConCarExpo – International Trade Fair for connected Car & Mobility Solutions, hosted for the first time by VDI in Düsseldorf, was a complete success!

Specialists for automated driving and driver assistance systems, electronic components, software, infrastructure technologies, navigation, Telematics, HMI, diagnostics, mobility and development services as well as projects and initiatives met for tomorrow’s traffic. A high-quality conference program and a trade fair forum with more than 100 versatile presentations as well as special car presentations offered many opportunities for updating knowledge, establishing contacts and networking.

The conference program includes four separate, international conferences with top-class participants:

  • At the international VDI Conference Automated Driving, experts from OEMs and Tier1 reported on the latest technical possibilities in the field of driver assistance systems and sensor technology, but also on the legal aspects of autonomous driving.
  • The international VDI Conference HMI & Connectivity addressed topics related to human-machine interfaces. Topics such as augmented reality, voice control, design options, driver distraction, and the latest regulations and laws in the field of HMI and connectivity were discussed.
  • The international VDI Conference IT Security for Vehicles dealt with the manifold requirements for networked vehicles. Experts from the automotive and IT industries reported on topics such as protection against external access, encryption, data protection, data management, and software update options.
  • The international VDI Conference Safety Systems was aimed at automotive experts from the fields of integral and passive safety systems and focuses on the effects of automated driving on vehicle safety. Among the topics discussed were concepts for accident prevention, cooperative safety and securing unprotected road users.

Conference: HMI & Connectivity

In addition to the conference leaders Dr. Stephan Becker, Supervisor Global Core HMI, Ford Motor Company, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerrit Meixner, head of the Usability and Interaction Technology Laboratory at Heilbronn University, international experts were invited to report on the latest developments, opportunities and challenges related to HMI & connectivity in the automotive industry.

Carina Häcker presented results of the Proof of Concept project of UniTyLabs in cooperation with Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH. In the presentation entitled „Driver-Centric HMI Design for today´s Smartphone-Oriented Generation – Proof of Concept“ it was clarified which requirements and needs the smartphone-oriented generation has and how an HMI for inexpensive automobiles with integrated smartphone functionality can be designed to meet these requirements. The following breaks and the Come-Together on the evening of the first conference day were used extensively for networking and exciting discussions.

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