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Recap of the 13th Open Auto Drive Forum event – a successful virtual meeting

28. July 2020

On July 9, automotive experts from all over the world met for the first completely virtual Open Auto Drive Forum event to discuss advancements in standardization related to automated and autonomous driving.  

Open Auto Drive Forum Event
Source: OADF

Almost 250 participants – more than twice as many as in previous meetings – met for the 13th Open Auto Drive Forum Event on July 9. Originally planned to take place in Beijing, China, the first online-only event was a completely new experience for us. Matthias Unbehaun, OADF speaker and TISA Executive Director opened the online event. Liu Jun, founder and CEO of Kuandeng Technology, held the keynote and spoke about Automatic HD Maps Quality and Accuracy Evaluation Systems. Additional presentations included Hannah Theurer from BMW, who discussed the benefits of standardization for Automated Driving development, and Baidu’s Yali Wang, who gave an update on safe and reliable maps for Automated Driving.

Updates on standardization

The standardization organizations that form the Open Auto Drive Forum reported on their latest activities regarding automated driving. Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS and Klaus Estenfeld from ASAM on the OpenX standards. Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit talked about new developments of the Navigation Data Standard (NDS), Stefaan Follens from TomTom reported on SENSORIS and Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo about SIP-adus. Matthias Unbehaun gave us insights about TISA, while Christian Kleine from HERE talked about TN-ITS.

Open Auto Drive Forum Event 2
Source: NDS

The virtual interaction between attendees and speakers was a new experience for all. With participants asking almost 100 questions relating to the presentations, only some could be answered live and the speakers shared written answers after their presentations. 20 ad-hoc polls allowed attendees to give live feedback during the sessions. OADF’s member organizations will use these findings to improve their individual work as well as cross-organizational cooperation.

The next Open Auto Drive Forum event is currently scheduled for September 23, 2020. It will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, with the possibility to participate remotely.

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