Sven Beiker und Gereon Meyer

Sven Beiker and Gereon Meyer presenting the book, ‘Road Vehicle Automation 5’ in San Francisco.

For the fifth time, Dr. Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE-IT) and Dr. Sven Beiker (Stanford University), are publishing the proceedings of the Automated Vehicles Symposium. The volume, which is entitled ‘Road Vehicle Automation 5’, was presented at the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco on the evening before the conference.

The book launch took place on 9 July at the second ‘German-US Future Mobility Night’ and it was co-hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce and the iit, which is part of VDI/VDE-IT. The event focussed on the topic of ‘Automation of Transportation – the Critical Role of Infrastructure’. The main speaker, Dr. Bernard Soriano who is a Deputy Director for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is considered to be the ‘architect’ of the world’s most advanced legal framework for testing and deploying driverless vehicles. At the event there was also a podium discussion, which featured panellists Jennifer Wahnschaff (Continental), Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz (German Aerospace Centre, DLR), Dominik Notz (BMW) and Hermann Kränzle (TÜV Nord). During the discussion, there were heated debates about the level of networking required by automated vehicles so as not to endanger passengers or other road users. The event, which was attended by 120 guests, and the panel were chaired by Gereon Meyer and Sven Beiker. The evening was also a networking opportunity for people from both sides of the Atlantic whose work relates to automated driving – including scientists, engineers and decision makers.

With 1,600 delegates, the Automated Vehicles Symposium is the world’s largest and most important specialist event about automated and networked driving. The conference proceedings publication, entitled ‘Road Vehicle Automation 5’ is now available in the ‘Lecture Notes in Mobility’ series from Springer. It includes chapters on issues concerning technology, planning and innovation policy. The two editors have also authored contributions. In his chapter, Gereon Meyer outlines the innovation currently taking place in Europe. Sven Beiker’s contribution examines hypothetical scenarios for the deployment of automated and networked driving in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The previous volumes have disseminated quickly, especially within academia. Nearly 300 university libraries, the majority of which are in Europe, North America and Asia, are providing electronic access to the first volume. Springer has already recorded nearly 200,000 downloads of volumes in this sub series.