*** KEYNOTE Speaker ***

Dr. Gereon Meyer

Head of Strategic Products, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH


Connected, Automated and Electric:
Speeding up the Transformation of Mobility


Concerns about air quality, road safety and transport efficiency trigger the move towards electrification and automation of road transport. While innovative technologies like hybrid and battery-electric power trains and advanced driver assistance systems are mature and have been commercialized by many OEMs, a more disruptive scenario is imminent: The car of the future may have the shape of a self-driving on-demand shuttle, an autonomous service pod or a goods-delivery robot. It will be such efficient that electrification is the most cost-effective choice for the powertrain. And, it will be operated in shared modes to avoid more congestion in our cities. Moreover, the electrified and automated functionalities may be transferred into the 3d space in aerial and marine drones. The challenges are primarily technical ones: The intelligence of the vehicle has to increase significantly in order to fully replace the human in the perception of the environment and in the decision making. The electric and electronic architecture has to be redesigned completely to reduce complexity, ensure fail-operation and exploit potential synergies of automation and electrification. Also, the vehicle has to be embedded into traffic and emergency management, and strictly comply with the rules of cyber security. The key technologies range from camera, radar, and lidar sensors, via smart electronic systems and high-performance computers to artificial intelligence and big data analysis. They also include the connections to the networks of power and data as well as digital platforms. Accelerating the transformation of transportation requires more than technical innovation, however. There are many issues at social, economic, human-factors and legal layers that need to be solved hand in hand with technical innovation in an agile manner. The presentation is covering strategy plans on the development and market introduction of electric and automated vehicles that were released by public and private stakeholders, recently [1-3]. It is particularly referring to the synergies of electrification, automation and shared economy that may disrupt the mobility system in the future [4]. And, it highlights the opportunities to accelerate the transformation in transportation by an agile and comprehensive user-centric approach that has recently been applied to the field of selfdriving cars by the EU-funded SCOUT project [5].

[1] European Commission, Towards Clean, Competitive and Connected Mobility: the Contribution of Transport Research and Innovation to the Mobility Package. Staff Working Doc (2017), 223.
[2] European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transport, ERTRAC, EPoSS, ETIP SNET 2017.
[3] European Roadmap Smart Systems for Automated Driving”, EPoSS 2015.
[4] Gereon Meyer, Susan Shaheen (eds.), Disrupting Mobility – Impacts of Sharing Economy and Innovative Transportation on Cities. Springer, 2017
[5] Jörg Dubbert, Benjamin Wilsch, Carolin Zachäus, Gereon Meyer, Roadmap for Accelerated Innovation in Level 4/5 Connected and Automated Driving. In: Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications 2018: Smart Systems for Clean, Safe and Shared Road Vehicles, Springer, 2018.


Dr. Gereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects with the Future Mobility and Europe Department of VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik in Berlin, Germany, is concerned with future trends in transportation and the enabling role of smart electronic systems. He is the rapporteur for research and innovation roadmaps on the electrification and automation of road transport on behalf of public authorities, industry and academia, in particular the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS). Moreover, he is the chairman of the International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA), and the editor of the Springer book series Lecture Notes in Mobility.