Review 2016

The 20th International Congress on Advances in Automotive Electronics once again proved to be a magnet with considerable influence on decision-makers in electrical/electronic system development for the vehicle industry. The presentations given by renowned experts on highly topical industry issues formed part of this attraction. The congress also presented a unique opportunity for networking and professional exchanges. So it was hardly surprising that this year’s summit of the electrics/electronics sector was sold out weeks in advance – just like in previous years.


Dr. Stefan Sommer, Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, highlighted the changing requirements of automobility in his keynote speech. Digitalization, an aging society and the quest for zero accidents – all these factors have a tremendous impact on what the next generation of cars will look like. The same applies to the powertrain: the electronics of vehicles of the future will be shaped not only by optimization of the engine itself, but also by optimization of driving strategies in the course of interconnectivity.


Prof. Peter Gutzmer addressed the challenges of digitalization for mechatronics; the Deputy CEO of Schaeffler AG outlined the path from mechanical systems to the digitalized mechatronical systems that will be found in next-generation cars. His speech also focused on energy efficiency and reducing exhaust gases. Ricky Hudi, Head of E/E Development at Audi, outlined the demands placed on in-vehicle computer architecture in the area of conflict between the automation of vehicle functions and future data-driven services. He spoke very frankly to stir up the industry. After all, he said, over the last hundred years the automotive industry has never gone through “such a dramatic upheaval” as it is right now. Managing Director of Bosch, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, elaborated on some of these points in his keynote speech. He also pointed out the similarities between connected vehicles and the Internet of Things.


Helmut Matschi, member of the Executive Board of Continental AG, spoke about the opportunities presented by vehicle interconnectivity and infrastructure in his keynote speech on the second day of the congress. Connectivity and availability of real-time data from vehicles help to make traffic flows more efficient and allow for flexible, multimodal and user-friendly mobility. In a joint statement, German OEMs also gave information on the standardization of high-voltage charging systems.


The 600 or so visitors again used the traditional industry get-together at the end of the first day of the congress and the breaks between speeches to network intensively with one another, as well as to maintain existing contacts and establish new contacts at decision-making level.

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Christof Kellerwessel

Global Chief Engineer Electric and Electronic Systems Engineering
Ford-Werke GmbH

Dr. Peter Steiner

Audi Electronics Venture GmbH


Ricky Hudi

Future Mobility Technologies GmbH

Helmut Matschi

Head of the Interior Division and Member of the Executive Board of
Continental AG

Dr. Stefan Sommer

Chief Executive Officer
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Dr. Dirk Hoheisel

Managing Director
Robert Bosch GmbH

Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer

Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer
Schaeffler AG

Dr. Reinhard Ploss

Chief Executive Officer
Infineon Technologies AG

Kai Barbehön

Vice President Concepts, Architecture, Platform Software, Automotive Security

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart

Automotive Partner
Roland Berger Holding GmbH

Otmar Bitsche

Head of Electromobility
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Dr. Geun-Chang Chung

Vice President, Head of Automotive Cell Development
LG Chem Ltd.

Brian Ciesinski

Director of Vehicle Software Programming Systems
General Motors

Bernd Fastenrath

Product Manager

Lars-Gunnar Hedström

Engineering Director Systems Development
SCania CV AB

Alex Koster

Managing Partner
PWC Strategy&

Dr. Ludger Laufenberg

Ralf Milke

Head of Electrics/Electronics Development Department Vehicle Body Electronics and On-Board Power Supply
Volkswagen AG

Dr. Frank Offermann

CEO Europe
TTS Traffic Technology Services Inc.

Alfons Pfaller

Head of Development of Infotainment

Lars Reger

CTO Automotive, Business Uni Automotive
NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH

Tony Sandberg

Engineering Director Research
Scania CV AB

Prof. Dr. Amnon Shashua

Co-Founder & Chairman
Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.

Dr. Riclef Schmidt-Clausen

Managing Director GmbH

Mike Thoeny

Electronics Control Europe Managing Director
Delphi Electronics & Safety

Dr. Thomas Wollinger

Managing Director

Advisory Board

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Dr. Willibert Schleuter

formerly AUDI AG

Advisory Board

Elmar Frickenstein

Head of Electrics/ Electronics and Driving Experience Track
BMW Group

Dr. Dirk Hoheisel

Managing Director
Robert Bosch GmbH

Ricky Hudi

Future Mobility Technologies GmbH

Harald Kröger

Direktor Electric/Electronic und e-Drive
Daimler AG

Dr. Ludger Laufenberg

Helmut Matschi

Head of the Interior Division and Member of the Executive Board of
Continental AG

Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger

Executive Vice President Technical Engineering
SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd.
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  • IAV GmbH
  • Mentor, a Siemens Business
  • Renesas Electronics Europe GmbH