15. Feb, 2018

1st Autonomous Driving Meetup in Cologne

Only this picture https://pixabay.com/en/robot-vehicle-2676510/ was meeting my requirements for today, thanks anyway.

Yesterday I did participate in the 1st Autonomous Driving Meetup in Cologne hosted by Silexica https://www.silexica.com/.

"Building on the success of the Autonomous Driving Meetups in Munich, the discussions and debate will spread to North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The region is where the automotive industry consists of 800 businesses with a total workforce in excess of 200,000. This first event will feature three NRW companies working to support the development of autonomous vehicles."

1st to present was Humain Labs   http://humain-labs.com/en/ with a focus on user experience improvement and change in the car, when the autonomous car levels are going up from 1 to 5. The higher you get the more the car is doing for you, see https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/tech/autonomous-car-levels-different-driverless-technology-levels-explained/. To get a high level impression, where we are going to, have a look at the following Youtube video Autonomous Intersection in Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SmJP8TdWTU 🙂.

2nd was Silexica with a presentation about their Software architecure to reduce the amount of hardware required in the trunk, to manage all sensor data for Autonomous Driving. We are currently close to level 3 and there is still a long way to go for level 5. Required hardware components to handle level 5 is just not available yet and will require some more years to become available.   

Finally a presentation from e.GO http://e-go-mobile.com/en/, a small company from Aachen (a startup out of the RWTH university) that is going to build electrical cars for a very low price. Besides their car activities they are also looking into digitization (http://www.e-go-digital.com/) and ways to SIMPLIFY WORK. SIMPLIFY LIFE. Being close to the university is also an opportunity to do cross functional testing of their cars and services in the Future Mobility Lab https://www.futuremobilitylab.de/

In summary it was a great evening with a lot of interesting information. Looking forward to the next Meetup planned for the March/April timeframe.