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Graz Symposium Virtual Vehicle focuses on challenges associated with the digitisation of the vehicle industry

More than 150 participants, including OEMs, suppliers, manufacturers of semiconductors and research organisations, visited the “Graz Symposium Virtual Vehicle” (GSVF), which took place in the ‘Seifenfabrik’ on 27 and 28 June 2017. This edition, marked by the 10th anniversary of the conference, focused on the digital transformation of the vehicle industry and the major needs and challenges of this transformation for current vehicle development processes. Complexity, connectivity, autonomy and interoperability are key issues that will have a major impact on the value chain of the automotive industry in this exciting decade.

In January 2018, a research programme will be launched: "K2 Digital Mobility – Context-Embedded Vehicle Technologies".  Its purpose: creating an even closer cooperation between vehicles and digital industry. Future research activities will focus on disruptive digitisation, people-oriented approach and Context-Embedded Vehicle Technologies. Accordingly, this anniversary edition, organised with the support of Flanders Make, was dominated by the “K2 Digital Mobility” theme.

The presentations of the keynote speakers gave a good insight into the latest industrial focus points and in the state of affairs of the corresponding research activities:

  • Dr. Phil Barber // Vehicle Capability Research Technology Specialist, Jaguar - Land Rover Ltd.: 20 Years of predicting the next two seconds
  • Dr. Jan Becker // Stanford University, former senior director Automated Driving Faraday Future Inc.: Automated driving, from research to product development
  • Christoph Gümbel // Senior Futurist, Future Matters: The future of Digital Prototyping
  • Prof. Norbert Schaub // Head of Passive Safety Testing, Daimler AG: Evaluation Strategies for Integral Safety Systems based on future Requirements

Conclusion of the symposium:

Innovations and trends in the field of autonomous driving, cooperative integrated safety, human-oriented and data-driven development, energy management and other challenges require a shift from conventional development and testing methods into a model-based approach in the virtual world. This evolution is also in full process in Flanders. Flemish industry and Flanders Make as well focus on Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution and the corresponding digitisation, because that’s what the future will hold in stock for us. Three keywords are crucial here: products and production systems must become smarter and increasingly connected. And customisation is gaining importance but then at the cost of batch production. With these three levers, our Flemish industry can become more efficient and self-managing, both on product and production level.