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International VDI Conference - Autonomous Trucks

  • Listen to expert presentations on latest autonomous trucks technology
  • Discuss how trailers have to be equipped at level 4
  • Get informed about logistics models for autonomous trucks
  • Prepare for the next step on the road to autonomous driving
  • Meet internationally well-known specialists and experts from OEMs and suppliers
Autonomous Trucks Conference | VDI Wissensforum

On March 27-28, 2019 our 3rd international Autonomous Trucks conference will return, this year located in the Rilano Hotel in Munich. Future truck innovations, autonomous driving and the usage of new business models are only some of the topics that the truck industry is actually concerned with. Autonomous trucks extremely influence ports, mining and especially logistics. At our 3rd international VDI Conference Autonomous Trucks, one focus will be on applications in the logistics value chain and last mile. Further, we will more deeply dive into truck technology for autonomous driving – Automation, Connectivity, Electrification – and evolving business strategies. Moreover, we will discuss how to connect tractor unit and trailer at level 4 and the regulatory framework and political environment for autonomous driving in Europe and United States.

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Shifting up a gear: Automation, electrification and digitalization in the trucking industry
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Press a button- Get a load: Can we keep pace with Uber and the other new kids on the block?

It seems that the future of trucks has already begun. New market players such as Uber change and somehow define the truck landscape especially in the US. Therefore the question arises of how to keep up with their pace and ideas yourself only being very small or very static. At our 3rd international VDI Conference Autonomous Trucks we will deal with major business models and also involve innovative startups in the program to hopefully find some solutions.

As Association of German Engineers we always take up the technical perspective. For this reason truck technology will not be forgotten here. Automation, Connectivity, Electrification  are only some topics we will target. Unfortunately, it is not only Uber as new kid on the block. In regard to Software, the truck industry is also confronted with new players and influencers. Will their business models be successful and can the rest of the truck industry compete?

You should find out more about that: Register now and meet the others at the Autonomous Trucks Conference in Munich.

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Program of the Conference

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

08:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

10:00

Chair‘s Welcome and Opening Address

Dr. Gerhard Nowak, Vice President PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH, Germany

I. Truck Technology & Connectivity

10:15

5 Progressive Technologies and Concepts

  • Technology development and challenges for the CV industry
  • Focus on automation, connectivity and electrification.
  • Vera - The next generation of transport solution

Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor Research and Development and Sasko Cuklev, Director Autonomous Solutions, both: Volvo Trucks, Sweden

10:55

AI - Transforming Autonomous Trucks and the Transportation Market 

  • Autonomous trucks and buses will increase road safety, improve efficiency and new mobility services
  • NVIDIA is enabling the transportation industry to develop safe and automotive grade vehicles
  • Accelerate autonomous software development by transferring learnings from autonomous cars
  • Status of R&D with NVIDIA Truck OEM, Tier 1 and transportation partners

Tri Huynh, Director of Business Development and Serkan Arslan, Director Autonomous Driving and Ecosystem, both: NVIDIA, USA & Germany

11:25

Scalable Brake Solutions

  • Technology transition
  • Automation and electrification enabler
  • Open architecture
  • Partner and customer collaboration
  • Virtual integration

Ir. Edo Drenth, Vice President - Global Vehicle Dynamics, Haldex AB, Sweden

11:55

Autostream - Map Delivery for Autonomous Driving

  • Enabling vehicles to build a horizon for the road ahead
  • Providing a full solution to autonomous driving system developers
  • Flexible configuration of the data streams

Ir. Robin van den Berg, Product Manager, co-authors: Duc Toan Nguyen, Tomaso Grossi, all: Business Unit Automotive, TomTom, The Netherlands

12:25

Lunch

13:55

Corporative System Approach to offer Level 4 Automation for Trucks

  • Truck L4 highly automated driving HAD functions offer a positive business case
  • Many technology challenges need to be mastered to industrialize L4 HAD 
  • To take up the “vertical system technology challenge” Continental and KnorrBremse formed a cooperation 
  • Current major technological challenges and outlook

Joerg Luetzner, Head of Commercial Vehicles, Continental Automotive GmbH and tba, Knorr-Bremse AG, both: Germany

II. Digital Trailer

14:25

Perspectives on Connected Trailers 

  • Smart trailer world
  • Digital trailer - More than location
  • Trailer IoT - Connecting with logistics

Andreas Schmitz, CEO, Schmitz Cargobull AG, Germany

14:55

Panel Discussion: How has a Trailer to be equipped at Level 4?
Invited Panelists:
Truck OEM
Trailer OEM
Tier 1 Supplier

15:40

Networking & Coffee Break

III. Examples of Practice

16:10

Creating collaborative Ecosystems for the connected Truck 

  • Accelerate development through a collaborative approach
  • Taking advantage of  standards for connectivity & electronic diagnostics
  • Reduce total cost of ownership with data analytics
  • Fimware over the air update and remote diagnostics
  • Use cognitive services as a foundation for new business models

Mario Ortegón, System Strategy & Innovation Management, DSA Daten- und Systemtechnik GmbH, Germany

16:40

Automated Yard Operations

  • Driver assistance
  • Driverless operation
  • Sensors and actuators ready for automatisation

Mark Mohr, Head of Development Commercial Vehicle Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Germany

17:10

End of Conference Day One

Get together
At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

09:00

Chair‘s Welcome and Opening Address

Stephan Keese, Senior Partner, Roland Berger, USA

IV. Platooning

09:15

ENSEMBLE: Making multi-brand Truck Platooning happen in Europe

  • Pre-standards for platooning between trucks of different brands
  • Demonstration on public roads of multi-brand platoon driving
  • Enable harmonisation of legal frameworks in EU
  • Potential to improve road safety, reduce emissions and increase transport efficiency

Dr. Marika Hoedemaeker, Coordinator ENSEMBLE, TNO, The Netherlands

09:45

Platooning in a real Logistics Process - A Practice Report

  • Development of a platooning system for professional truck drivers 
  • Integration in a real logistics process
  • Monitoring of truck drivers during platooning

Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Völl, Research Automated Driving / Project Manager, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Dr. Chung Anh Tran, Head of Autonomous Driving Freight Transport - Road, Schenker AG, both: Germany

10:15

Human Guided Autonomous Convoying: A Safe, Intermediate Step towards full Autonomy

  • Making the life of autonomy easier through advanced multi-vehicle coordination and precise kinodynamic motion planning
  • Challenges of human-autonomy interaction in human-guided convoys 
  • Safety from ground up: system architectural design, development process, testing and validation

Dr. Çetin Meriçli, Co-founder and CEO, Locomation, Inc., USA

10:45

A Consumer-centric View of Platoon-based Transport

  • Understanding of business and operational needs
  • Analysis of transport and location data is a key step
  • Identifying high-throughput transport clusters or strategic routes for economic viability
  • Orchestration of platooning requires special attention
  • Multi-brand and inter-fleet platooning for broader adoption

Dr.-Ing. Amol Naik, Product Manager, co-authors: Dr. Radu-Florian Atanasiu, R&D Manager, Dr. Sebastian van de Hoef, Software Engineer, all: HERE Technologies, Germany

11:15

Networking & Coffee Break

V. Safety & Regulations

11:45

Is Regulation Driving or Stopping Safer Trucks?

  • EU Truck Design regulation for 2025-2030
  • Municipal improvements for the safety of heavy duty vehicles
  • Support and obstruction of different stakeholders for road safety 
  • An overview of EU policy in the field of improving vehicle safety

Samuel Kenny, Freight Policy Officer, Transport & Environment, Belgium

12:15

Stalled: The U.S. Regulatory Environment

  • Super Trends: Powerful currents shaping America’s political landscape and driving policy outcomes
  • Deploying AVs: Formidable obstacles remain as opinion elites are wary of the implications – centralization, labor force constraints, and urbanization
  • 116th Congress: Legislation, such as AV START, remains unlikely to gain traction
  • Outlook: The future success of autonomous trucking depends as much on overcoming rising opposition among ideological elites as on technology innovation

Jonathan M. Baron, Principal, Baron Public Affairs, LLC, USA

12:45

Lunch

VI. Logistics Value Chain & Last Mile

13:45

Automated Freight Matching

  • Dispatcher evolution
  • Supervised Machine Learning will create tour planning for the whole fleet 
  • Better utilization of assets and higher EBIT margins as result

Sebastian Sorger, CEO, LoadFox GmbH, Germany

14:15

Future of Logistics from a CEP Service Provider Point of View

Jan Denecker, Marketing Director, UPS, Belgium

14:45

Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan 

  • Urban logistics in European towns: Problems and methodology
  • From Urban Consolidation Center to the “virtual consolidation model/agency” 
  • Awarding platform, minihub, and ITS systems in small towns
  • Future by innovative vehicles and 3D with respect to the delivery services

Giorgio Ambrosino, General Manager, MemEx srl, Italy

15:15

Enabling Technologies for full-Emission free Delivery

Speaker, tba

15:45

Conference Chair‘s closing Remarks

16:00

End of Conference

Who should attend the conference?

The Autonomous Trucks Conference is aimed at the management:

  • of truck manufacturers
  • of major suppliers (brake systems, sensors, environmental perception, software and others)
  • of automotive IT companies
  • Logistics companies & further users of truck technology
  • of startup companies focused on autonomous trucks

In addition, truck research institutes are addressed as well.

Take the opportunity to exchange technical expertise

The conference offers you a unique platform to exchange expertise with international experts from all over the world. The third edition of the conference “Autonomous Trucks” will offer an interesting mixture of technical presentations from major OEMs, suppliers, research institutes as well as interesting customers. The most important aim is to generate a worldwide picture and not to have a unilateral focus on one country only.

Supporting Experts

  • Axel Gern, Technical Project Lead Autonomous Trucks, Daimler AG, Germany
  • Dipl.-Inform. Torsten Klein, Senior Vice President Research, MAN Truck & Bus, Germany
  • Ir. Ron Borsboom, Board of Management, Director Product Development, DAF Trucks NV, Netherlands
  • Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor Research and Development and former Executive Vice President  & CTO, Volvo Trucks, Sweden
  • Serkan Arslan, Director, Autonomous Driving and Ecosystem, NVIDIA, Germany
  • Stephan Keese, Senior Partner, Roland Berger, USA
  • Dr. Gerhard Nowak, Vice President, PwC Strategy & Germany GmbH

Secure yourself a place

Do you want to find out about chances and challenges in the area of Autonomous Trucks? Would you like to learn about innovative truck business models and applications of autonomous trucks? Then secure yourself a place at the "Autonomous Trucks" Conference now.

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Axel Gern Mercedes Benz Research & Development North America / Sunnyvale

Torbjörn Holmström Volvo Group / Göteborg

Torsten Klein MAN Truck & Bus AG / München

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