Safety Systems

2nd International VDI Conference “Safety Systems”

Since the trend towards driver assistance systems and automation is steadily increasing automotive security needs an extended definition. Vehicle safety stands not only for occupant protection but also for accident prevention. The increasing number of interconnecting active and passive safety systems require a comprehensive concept. The focus of the international conference „Safety Systems” is to detect which potentials the integral approach to vehicle safety has and how the advancing automation requires a rethink in the field of passive safety systems.

International Conference “Safety Systems”: Automated Driving and Vehicle Systems

At the 2nd International VDI Conference “Safety Systems”, taking place on June 29-30, 2016 in Düsseldorf, international experts in the field of integral and passive safety are invited to discuss topics which intensively concentrate on the effects of automated driving and safety systems. The increasing level of automation as well as the vision of the autonomous driving are putting current concepts under scrutiny.

Your benefits as participant:

  • Listen to up-to-date approaches and assessments from the field of safety systems.
  • Meet international experts.
  • Discuss the effects of automated driving on passive and integrated safety systems.
  • Visit our accompanying exhibition „ConCarExpo“ and compare different approaches and products.

Topics of the Conference

The conference topics are as follows:

  • Framework conditions (transport infrastructure, liability, driver behavior, IT security)
  • Accident prevention through integrated safety systems (strategies in the pre-crash-stage, control and regulation, effectiveness analysis, integrated network)
  • cooperative safety (Car-to-X-communication, cooperative maneuver planning)
  • Interpretation of passive safety systems (belt systems, airbag)
  • Dealing with vulnerable road users (environmental perception, behavioral prediction, automated braking)

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Wednesday, June 29


Registration & welcome coffee


Opening Speech ConCarExpo at the ConCar Forum Stage
The new Era of the Automotive Industry – Digital Revolution and
fully Automated Driving

  • Changes in the automotive industry over the next years
  • The way to fully automated driving
  • Common challenges for the automotive, CE and IT industry

Dipl.-Inf. Elmar Frickenstein, Senior Vice President Electrics/Electronics
and Driver Environment, BMW Group, Munich, Germany


Welcome address

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Director Mercedes-Benz Cars /
Development Safety, Durability, Corrosion Protection, Daimler


Automated Driving – Opportunities and Challenges from an
OEM Perspective

  • General Motors´ history of automated driving
  • Technology and customer focus
  • Societal and regulatory challenges
  • Outlook

Dipl.-Ing. Gerrit Riemer, Director Future Mobility, Public Policy, Adam Opel
AG, Rüsselsheim, Germany


Stagnation of Road Safety – Opportunities for a Turnaround
from Mercedes-Benz’s Perspective

Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Struck, Senior Safety Manager – Safety Communication,
Daimler AG, Sindelfingen, Germany


Networking & coffee break


Towards Automated Driving: What Role will our Roads Play?

  • Recent developments in automated driving
  • Road infrastructure factors influencing automated driving performance
  • Road infrastructure measures and technologies to support automated

Dipl.-Ing. (FH), M.Sc. Philippe Nitsche, Scientist, Mobility Department,
Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria


Car2X-Communication for Safety Critical Situations

  • Safety Critical Situations
  • Relevant Car2X Applications
  • Roadmap

Dr. Hermann Meyer, CEO, Ertico, Brussels, Belgium


Lunch & visit of the accompanying trade exhibition ConCarExpo


Human Factors of Automated Driving

  • Driver performance when resuming control
  • Can we safely use the driving time for other activities?
  • The need to investigate human interaction with automation
    on public roads

Dr. Riender Happee, Program Manager Automotive, BioMechanical
Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands


Impact Assessment Methods for Automated Driving with
regard to Road Safety

  • Safety impact assessment methodology
  • Functions and maneuvers for automated vehicles
  • Impacts due to vehicle automation
  • Overview of research activities

Dr.-Ing. Adrian Zlocki, Head of ADAS Department, Driver Assistance,
Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrtswesen mbH, Aachen, Germany, co-authors:
Dipl.-Ing. Felix Fahrenkrog, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein, Institut für
Kraftfahrzeuge (ika) der RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Networking & coffee break


Safety Performance Assessment of Assisted and
Automated Driving

  • Automated Driving
  • Stochastic Simulation
  • Safety Assessment
  • Active Safety

Dr. Lei Wang, Specialist Effectiveness Analysis, Vehicle Safety, co-author:
Dipl.-Ing. Olaf Jung, BMW AG, Munich, Germany


Chair´s remarks


End of conference day one


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, June 30


Opening address

Dr. Peter Urban, Vice Director, Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika),
RWTH Aachen University


Drive Me Project-Opportunities and Challenges

  • The Drive Me Project – Co-operative research of autonomous drive
    using commuters in Gothenburg
  • Why a Drive Me Project and what the potential benefits will be
  • The challenges associated going autonomous on public roads

Thomas Broberg, M.Sc., Director Safety Strategies & Requirements, Volvo
Cars Safety Centre, co-authors: Adj. Prof. Dr. Erik Coelingh, Adj. Prof. Dr. Trent
Victor, Volvo Car Group, Gothenburg, Sweden


Integrated Safety Management Concept at Toyota

  • Integration with three element, people, vehicle and environment
  • Support in driving scenarios with integration of individual systems
  • Connected vehicle with ITS
  • Automated driving system with Toyota Mobility Teammate concept
  • Safety systems with Big Data and Prove Data

Seigo Kuzumaki, Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary, Product
Planning Group, Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota City, Aichi, Japan


Networking & coffee break


Role of Vision Systems in Autonomous Driving

  • What type of functions a vision system needs to provide now
    and in the future
  • Concept and design of a vision system
  • What different vision systems there will be

Salah Hadi, Global Director Vision and Night Vision Systems, Research and
Development, Autoliv, Linkoping, Sweden


Academic Research on Algorithms for Active Safety and
Autonomous Driving: Why is that needed

  • Vehicles drive in real time – and so do the algorithms guiding them
  • Better algorithms than your competitors – robustness, speed and accuracy
  • New progress in the development of theoretical tools for generating
    practical usable algorithm

Prof. Dr. Jonas Sjöberg, Professor, Signals and Systems, Chalmers University
of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden


Lunch & visit of the accompanying trade exhibition ConCarExpo


Distributed Cooperative Decision Making

  • Cooperative active safety systems and analysis of technical challenges
  • Concept of a distributed decision making process for cooperative
    maneuvers in order to coordinate several vehicles• Presentation of simulation results

Dr. Kai Franke, Research Engineer, Driver Assistance and Integrated Safety,
co-author: Hans-Christian Schaub, Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany


Active Pedestrian Safety 2.0

  • Object detection and scene segmentation
  • Orientation estimation and context-based path prediction
  • Autonomous driving in urban areas

Fabian Flohr, M.Sc., Development Engineer, Research & Development,
Daimler AG, Ulm, Germany


Networking & coffee break


Co-operative Safety for Vulnerable Road Users: Application and

  • Roadmap from ADAS systems to automated and connected driving
  • Safety application for VRU in passenger cars
  • Future developments of these applications
  • Requirements regarding the assessment of automated and
    connected systems

Dr. Ir. Olaf Op den Camp, Senior Consultant, Safety Assessment
Methodologies, TNO, Helmond, The Netherlands


Enhancements of Occupant Safety Systems through
Integration Concepts with Active Safety Systems

  • Current integration status of active and passive safety systems
  • Opportunities and approaches for integration enhancing safety performance
  • Optimization of existing systems vs. functional extension
  • Stages towards integrated safety systems
  • Application examples of linked active and passive safety systems

Dr.-Ing. Frank Laakmann, Director Engineering, Occupant Safety Systems,
Mechatronics and Active Restraints, ZF TRW, Alfdorf, Germany


Do Intelligent Vehicles require new Restraints?

  • Potential impact of changes in chicle interior due to automation level 4
  • Expected accident configurations with automated vehicles
  • New requirements for passive safety in automated vehicles

Dipl.-Ing. Koshan Mahdi, Director Research, Active and Passive Safety,
EMEA Core & Research, co-authors: Mingxi Yan, M.Sc., Tibor Leupold, M.Sc.,
Takata AG, Berlin, Germany


Chair´s closing remarks


End of conference

1075The conference is supported by an international committee of experts. The board is staffed by specialist of renowned companies. Among others:

  • Autoliv
  • BMW
  • Daimler
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Takata
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • ZF TRW

Provide their broad expertise to develop the technical programme.

Participants of the conference

The international conference “Safety Systems” is directed at professionals from the following fields:

  • Automated driving, autonomous driving und driver assistance systems
  • Active safety, co-operative safety, integral safety und passive safety
  • Car-to-X, software development, sensor technology, camera und radar
  • Control and regulation
  • Restraint system
  • Airbags
  • Simulation
  • Accident Research

An international conference under the umbrella of „ConCarExpo“

The 2. International VDI Conference “Safety Systems“ will be held in 2016 for the first time under the umbrella of the new international trade fair "ConCarExpo" in Dusseldorf. Participants have the great opportunity to visit the trade fair and are eligible to visit the other international conferences “Automated Driving”, “IT Security for Vehicles” and “HMI & Connectivity” free of charge.

Advisory Board

Dipl.-Ing. Rolf Bergmann Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft / Wolfsburg

Thomas Broberg Volvo Car Group /

RobertMartinez Bülow BMW AG / München

Stefanie Eßers TAKATA AG / Berlin

Seigo Kuzumaki Toyota Motor Corporation / Aichi

Dipl.-Ing. Rüdiger Lang Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG / Dachau

Steven Peterson ZF TRW / Washington

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg Daimler AG / Sindelfingen

Dipl.-Ing. Peter Urban Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge - ika - / Aachen