The automation of the task of driving, the continually increasing transfer of vehicle control tasks from driver to the vehicle and the associated changing roles of man and machine are key contemporary issues in the development of future transport systems.

Highly or fully automated driving functions should offer the driver the relief from the primary task of controlling the vehicle and enable his attention to be turned to other matters. This goes
hand in hand with the reduction of the risk of accidents and an increase in traffic safety. The mobility of tomorrow on the whole will be markedly changed by the introduction of automated driving.
In order to meet these goals, there are still a number of hurdles to be overcome. The need exists for harmonisation, standardisation and an in depth exchange of information for all involved parties – scientific, regulatory, insurance law and manufacturing.

For example, when observing the road user in the context of automated driving, the focus is placed less upon physical limits, and rather on cognitive characteristics, the ability to perceive and react. Accident research still delivers valuable results, however in addition to this retrospective approach, the additional element of prospective analysis must also be incorporated. Aspects including adequate validation of necessary functions, assessment of controllability of critical situations caused by road users, a validated prognosis of the potential effectiveness of new systems and many additional similar topics will be specifically addressed as part of this congress.

The focal points described here distinguish themselves by means of both a non-competitive nature and the powerful need for the interconnectedness of the affected and involved parties. This expert dialogue intends to offer a substantial contribution to precisely these two aspects.

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