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REGISTRATION OPEN: 18th Open Auto Drive Forum on November 22, 2022

The 18th Open Auto Drive Forum Event is on November 22, 2022, 08:00-12:30 CET

We are pleased to announce the 18th OADF event. It is again planned as an online-only event and is free of charge.

The meeting will provide you with an overview of OADF’s structure and activities. OADF member organizations, including ADASIS, NDS, SENSORIS, SIP-adus, TIS and TN-ITS will inform you about their latest contributions in the field of automated driving.

You can also expect interesting presentations again from industry experts , such as a presentation by Aria Etemad from Volkswagen on the challenges of introducing higher automation and by Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit on Safety First for automated driving.

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Review: 17th Open Auto Drive Forum on May 17, 2022

The 17th Open Auto Drive Forum event on May 17, 2022, was the first OADF event since 2019 where participants met on-site. The on-site portion took place in Frankfurt, Germany, where approximately 30 participants gathered. Another 130 people attended the meeting remotely.

The OADF speaker and co-chair of SENSORIS, Andras Csepinszky of NNG, warmly welcomed participants to the hybrid meeting and introduced the history and goals of the OADF forum and events.

Several experts from government, industry and academia were invited for the 17th OADF. Suku Phull from the Department for Transport UK reported on the situation in the UK and presented cross-border cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) as a promising approach to improve road safety and congestion statistics. Torsten Geissler from the Federal Highway Research Institute in Germany (BASt) reported on the Connected Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) partnership. This major program aims, among other things, at safe and trustworthy interaction between road users, vehicles, infrastructure and services, as well as improved synergies between public and private investment plans to further develop vehicle and infrastructure technologies. Chris Thibodeau, CEO of Ushr, shared the mission of the Digital Map Platform (DMP) to provide an HD data platform that maps the world. He gave an overview of DMP and its shareholders and explained the great potential of HD map applications. Siddartha Khastgir, Head of Verification & Validation, Intelligent Vehicles at WMG/ University of Warwick, presented Operation Design Domains (ODD) for automated driving systems. He made several recommendations on things to consider when working on an ODD, such as maintaining consistency between map standards and ODD attributes.

Following the tradition, the various standardization organizations briefly presented their organizations and provided information on their recent activities in automated driving:

  • Jean-Charles Pandazis of ERTICO reported on ADASIS v3.2, which was released internally, and on the planning of ADASIS v3.3, which will include a low-level protocol and integration of auxiliary providers. ADASIS is a success story celebrating its 20th Anniversary at next GA on 28-29 June in Brussels.
  • Benjamin Engel of ASAM reported on the challenges in developing OpenDRIVE to provide realistic representations of real-world data at a larger scale and how these are being addressed.
  • Martin Schleicher, Elektrobit’s representative to NDS, gave an overview of recent progress on NDS.Live, which is now open for evaluation.
  • András Csepinszky of NNG reported on the achievements of SENSORIS and on collaboration with related activities such as OADF.
  • Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo reported on SIP-adus with a focus in the Field Operational Test (FOT) 2021, which is now completed, and the use of ADASIS in the FOT.
  • Matthias Unbehaun from TISA provided information on the progress of TPEG3 development and AD use cases guiding the development.

At the end of the day, the attendees were invited to on-site workshops on map safety security and the OADF ecosystem. Teaser presentations by Steffen Kuhn of Elektrobit, Andras Csepinszky and Matthias Unbehaun led to lively discussions and a fruitful exchange of information between the participants.

The OADF is now in its seventh year and continues to attract great interest. A second OADF event in 2022 is already planned, the date and format of which will be announced in due course.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: 17th Open Auto Drive Forum on May 17, 2022

The 17th Open Auto Drive Forum is on May 17, 2022, 09:00-15:00 CET (07:00 AM – 13:00 PM UCT)

We are pleased to invite you to the 17th OADF event. The meeting is planned as a hybrid one. The in-person part will be in the re:mynd event location, Hanauer Landstraße 154, 60314 Frankfurt, Germany. After the main event ending at 15:00, from 15:15 -18:00, we plan workshops on the OADF ecosystem and on map safety for our on site participants. The details can be found in our agenda.

If you think about attending on site, you should register at least 4 weeks before the event. If you indicate during registration that you would like to attend the event in person (if possible, by then), you will be contacted again 3-4 weeks before the event to finally confirm your attendance.

The event is free of charge.

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Review: 16th Open Auto Drive Forum on September 14, 2021

The 16th Open Auto Drive Forum event on September 16, 2021 attracted up to 170 participants from the automotive sector to discuss advances in standardization related to automated and autonomous driving.

Andras Csepinszky from NNG, the new OADF speaker and co-chair of SENSORIS, opened the meeting and introduced the event and its background. Two keynote presentations attracted great interest from the audience and were the subject of numerous questions to the experts.

Matthias Ruether from Joanneum Research in Graz, Austria, reported on their efforts to produce maps with very high resolution (“Ultra HD maps”). Such maps can be stored in any format supporting the resolution. He explained the motivation, production process and application areas. A second topic of his presentation was the cooperative EU research project ESRIUM, which contributes to road safety by providing a digital map of road damage and wear. Such maps are used for road maintenance planning and route recommendations.

Thomas Bock from Porsche Digital shared the results of a SAE technical paper on mapping requirements for AD and ADAS. His presentation focused on unresolved issues in HD map creation: the economics and feasibility of scaling HD map creation globally, detecting changes in map content or updating a map, and validating map content to contribute to system safety. For each of these topics, he also shared his personal views on how to approach these problems – many of which included the recommendation for standardization. The technical paper can be purchased from SAE.

In the standardization organizations’ part of the event, representatives briefly introduced their organizations and provided information on their recent activities around automated driving.

  • Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS v3.2, released internally, which can be used by AD software developers, and on the planning of ADASIS v3.3 to include a low level protocol.
  • Nicco Hagedorn from ASAM presented the latest OpenX roadmap and reported on recent work on ASAM OpenLabel and ASAM Open Operational Design Domains (ODD).
  • Martin Schleicher, Elektrobit’s representative to NDS, focused on use cases and design principles of the NDS.Live specification and presented the NDS roadmap.
  • András Csepinszky from NNG reported on SENSORIS achievements and on the collaboration with related activities such as OADF.
  • Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo reported on SIP-adus, including the results of the 2020 Field Operational Test (FOT), the planning for 2021, and SIP-adus related activities.
  • Matthias Unbehaun from TISA reported on the progress of TPEG3 development presented some AD use cases that are used for guiding these development activities.
  • Christian Kleine from HERE Technologies reported on TN-ITS tools in development, its partnership with CEN/TC278, the TN-ITS roadmap, and the interface with NAPCORE projects.

The continued high attendance showed that the OADF event is well received. Andras Csepinszky announced that new OADF events are planned for in 2022. The dates and formats will be announced in due course.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: 16th Open Auto Drive Forum on September 14, 2021

The 16th Open Auto Drive Forum will be online on September 14, 2021, 13:00-17:00 CEST

We are presently finalizing the agenda. As always, it will include interesting contributions from (industry) experts as well as updates on the activities/plans of Standardization Organizations regarding Autonomous Driving: ADASIS, NDS, SENSORIS, SIP-adus, TISA, TN-ITS as well as ASAM OpenX. Please check our agenda.

The event is free of charge.

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Review: 15th Open Auto Drive Forum on May 6, 2021

The 16th Open Auto Drive Forum event on September 16, 2021 attracted up to 170 participants from the automotive sector to discuss advances in standardization related to automated and autonomous driving.

Andras Csepinszky from NNG, the new OADF speaker and co-chair of SENSORIS, opened the meeting and introduced the event and its background. Two keynote presentations attracted great interest from the audience and were the subject of numerous questions to the experts.

Matthias Ruether from Joanneum Research in Graz, Austria, reported on his effort to produce maps with very high resolution (“Ultra HD Map.”). Such maps can be stored in any format supporting the resolution. He explained the motivation, production process and application areas. A second topic of his presentation was the cooperative EU research project ESRIUM. ESRIUM contributes to road safety by providing a digital map of road damage and wear. Such maps are used for road maintenance planning and route recommendations.

Thomas Bock from Porsche Digital shared the results of a SAE technical paper on mapping requirements for AD and ADAS. His presentation focused on unresolved issues in HD map creation: the economics and feasibility of scaling HD map creation globally, detecting changes in map content or updating a map, and validating map content to contribute to system safety. For each of these topics, he also shared his personal views on how to approach the problem – many of which include the recommendation for standardization. The technical paper can be purchased from SAE.

In the standards portion of the event, the various standards organizations briefly introduced their organizations and provided information on their recent activities around automated driving.

  • Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS v3.2, released internally, which can be used by AD software developers, and on the planning of ADASIS v3.3 to include a low level protocol.
  • Nicco Hagedorn from ASAM presented the latest OpenX roadmap and reported on recent work on ASAM OpenLabel and ASAM Open Operational Design Domains (ODD).
  • Martin Schleicher, Elektrobit’s representative to NDS, focused on use cases and design principles of the NDS.Live specification and presented the NDS roadmap.
  • András Csepinszky from NNG reported on SENSORIS achievements and on the collaboration with related activities such as OADF.
  • Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo reported on SIP-adus, including the results of the 2020 Field Operational Test (FOT), the planning for 2021, and SIP-adus related activities.
  • Matthias Unbehaun from TISA reported on the progress of TPEG3 development and AD use cases guiding the development.
  • Christian Kleine from HERE Technologies reported on TN-ITS tools in development, its partnership with CEN/TC278, the TN-ITS roadmap, and the interface with NAPCORE projects.

The continued high attendance showed that the OADF event is well received. Andras Csepinszky announced that new OADF events are planned for in 2022. The dates and formats will be announced in due course.

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Review: 14th Open Auto Drive Forum on September 23, 2020

More than 180 automotive experts from all over the world joined the 14th Open Auto Drive Forum event to discuss advancements in standardization related to automated and autonomous driving. 

Before the official start of the meeting a workshop for the on-site participants took place under the lead of Teun Hendriks from TISA. In this workshop, the OADF ecosystem architecture was jointly reviewed. In addition, the in-person participants analyzed the flow of data through the OADF ecosystem for a number of use cases.

Following the tradition, Matthias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director opened the main event with the invited guest speakers and the progress updates from standardization organizations.

The first guest speaker was Dr. Wei Luo, COO and Head of Product at DeepMap. In her presentation Wei focused on the role of HD maps and map accuracy in L2+ AV system. This was followed by Dr. Martin Pfeifle, CTO of NNG, who demonstrated how NNG is using an NDS-based navigation SDK for Automated Driving. Safe and reliable maps for Automated Driving were the topic of the 3rd presentation, held by Steffen Kuhn, Head of Consulting at Elektrobit.

The standardization organizations reported on their latest activities regarding Automated Driving:

  • Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS announcing v3.2 internal release, including the fully defined API, ready to be used by AD software developers.
  • Benjamin Engel from ASAM presented the new ASAM Open Simulation Interface.
  • Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit gave insights into NDS.Live, the next generation of the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) standard. It offers more flexibility in terms of data management and deployment, supporting the connected and automated cars of today and of the future.
  • Andras Csepinszky from NNG reported on SENSORIS’ objectives and updated version planning.
  • Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo on SIP-adus gave an update on the ongoing FOT in Tokyo.
  • Teun Hendriks reported on the TISA activities for developing TPEG3 protocols to provide real-time information dedicated for AD vehicles as well as some lead use cases.
  • Christian Kleine from HERE Technologies summarized TN-ITS and its implementation status.

The event was organized as a hybrid in-person/online event on September 23, 2020. To allow participants from America to join, the meeting was started relatively late for Europeans. For on-site participants, it took place in Frankfurt/Germany. Around 15 persons came to Frankfurt respecting the ‘Corona rules’, another 170 participants joined the meeting online.

The organization of the 14th OADF meeting as a hybrid event with many speakers and attendees was quite demanding. However, the participants appreciated this way of conducting the of meeting: It comes with the benefits of a face-to-face meeting for those who can join in person, while still allowing for remote participation for those who cannot travel.

The next OADF meeting will take place in 2021. The date and format of the event will be announced in due time.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: 14th Open AutoDrive Forum on September 23, 2020

The 14th Open Auto Drive Forum is a combined online/on-site meeting.

For online participants, the meetings starts at 17:00 CEST (11 AM USA Eastern Standard Time). This part of the meeting comprises an introduction to OADF, Keynote(s) from Industry Experts (t.b.c.) and updates on the activities/plans of Standardization Organizations Regarding Autonomous Driving: ADASIS, NDS, SENSORIS, SIP-adus, TISA, TN-ITS as well as ASAM OpenX.

Please check our agenda of the day!

There is a very limited number of seats available for participating on-site in Frankfurt/Germany. For on-site participants the meeting already starts at 13:00 CEST with a workshop. Details for the workshop are currently being planned, with topics centered around the OADF ecosystem and Task Force activities. Further information will be provided shortly. The deadline for registering for on-site participation is September 13, 2020.

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Review: 13th Open AutoDrive Forum on July 9, 2020

The 13th Open Auto Drive Forum event took place on July 9. It was the first OADF online-only event and a completely new experience. Almost 250 participants joined the meeting – more than twice as much as in the ‘traditional’ meetings.

The meeting was opened by Matthias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director and Liu Jun, founder and CEO of Kuandeng Technology in China – who originally wanted to host the meeting in Beijing.

The invited speeches this time addressed the evaluation of HD map quality (Liu Jun), the benefits of standardization for Automated Driving development (Hannah Theuer, BMW) and an update on safe and reliable maps for Automated Driving (Yali Wang from Baidu).

Again, the standardization organizations reported on their latest activities regarding automated driving: Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS, Klaus Estenfeld from ASAM on the OpenX standards, Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS), Stefaan Follens from TomTom on SENSORIS, Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo on SIP-adus, Matthias Unbehaun on TISA and Christian Kleine from HERE on TN-ITS.

A new experience in the meeting was the interaction between the attendees and the speakers. The participants asked almost 100 questions relating to the presentations. Only some of them could be answered live. However, the speakers shared the answers to most questions after their presentation in writing. The interaction with the attendees was complemented by 20 ad-hoc polls which the speakers initiated during their presentation. The standardization organizations represented in OADF will now review the feedback in detail and discuss, how the findings can be included in their individual work as well as in the cross-organizational cooperationThe next OADF event is currently planned for September 23, 2020 in Frankfurt Germany with the possibility to participate remotely.

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13th Open AutoDrive Forum on February 18th, 2020

The 13th OADF meeting will be hosted by Kuandeng and take place on February 18th, 2020 in Beijing, China.