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Announcement: 20th Open Auto Drive Forum on June 24, 2024

The 20th Open Auto Drive Forum Event will be held as an online event on June 24, 2024, starting at 9:00 am CET

The Open Auto Drive Forum is celebrating its 20th anniversary event on June 24, 2024 with an online event. Stay tuned, the registration will open soon!

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Review: 19th Open Auto Drive Forum on May 9, 2023

On May 9, 2023, the 19th Open Auto Drive Forum event was held at HERE in Chicago, USA. Originally planned as an onsite-only event, it was eventually also possible to participate online. The event was opened by Jeff Raimo, Sr Director Product, at HERE. He welcomed to Chicago and introduced UniMap, HERE’s mapping technology that creates fresher and more accurate maps. Following good tradition, Andras Csepinszky of NNG, spokesperson for OADF and co-chair of SENSORIS, gave an introduction to OADF for those attending for the first time. He then led through the agenda and moderated the sessions, assisted by Stephanie Chaufton (TISA), who looped in the online participants and managed the polls and presentations.

By popular demand, NDS technical coordinator Fabian Klebert was invited to the meeting to explain the role of serialization in the various standards and why the NDS chose zserio rather than Protobuf, which is used in many other standards. In his presentation, he compared the two approaches in detail in terms of features, code quality, data size, and encoding/decoding speed. In summary, NDS chose zserio over Protobuf because it is smaller, faster, allows for more advanced schemas, and supports the development of ASIL-compliant solutions.

The second invited talk was given by Takeshi Doihara, ISO/TC204/WG3 Expert and ISO/TC211/JWG11 Co-Convenor for the Geographic Data Files (GDF) standard. He first explained the scope of ISO/TC204 (Intelligent Transportation Systems) and TC211 (Geographic Information/Geomatics) and the importance of these standards for GDF development. Another focus of his presentation was the difference between GDF5.1-1 (GDF 5.0) and GDF 5.1-2 and the feature representation in GDF5.1. Furthermore, he reported on the harmonization between GDF and ISO 191xx and the planned revisions of GDF.

As in all OADF events, the OADF member organizations and ASAM reported on their recent activities:

  • Jean-Charles Pandazis, ADASIS Coordinator and from ERTICO, reported that ADASIS v3 – 3.0.0. has just been released internally. It includes new profiles for speed limits and a request-and-response mechanism. ADASIS is also preparing a White Paper to be released in the coming months.
  • Benjamin Engel, CTO at ASAM, gave an overview of the OpenX standards, with particular focus on the Offroad Concept Project, the ASAM Text Specification, and the ASAM OpenODD.
  • Martin Schleicher, NDS Chair and Elektrobit representative to NDS, gave an overview of recent advances in NDS.Live, which is now available for evaluation purposes also for non-NDS members and explained how NDS.Live can now be used to distribute map data in various scenarios.
  • Andras Csepinszky, Co-Chair of SENSORIS and Advanced Automotive Technology Director of NNG, reported on the latest SENSORIS version 1.6 and the planning for SENSORIS 2.0.
  • Satoru Nakajo, SIP-adus founding member from the University of Tokyo, reported on the results of the SIP-adus program in Japan, which ended in March 2023, and on planned follow-up activities.
  • Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director, provided information on TPEG2 and the requirements and ongoing discussions of the follow-up version related to automated driving.
  • Christian Kleine, TN-ITS President and from HERE, introduced TN-ITS and reported on progress towards alignment with DATEX II and TN-ITS.

At the end of the event, Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit organized a workshop on reliable maps for automated driving for the on-site participants. His teaser presentation on this topic sparked a lively discussion about Reliable Map Attributes (RMAs) and RMA deviation types. As a result of the discussion, the OADF will work out more detailed and more concrete recommendations for making maps highly reliable and align with other ISO working groups on the definition of map data quality attributes.

OADF looks forward to celebrating its 20th meeting with the next event. The date and venue will be announced soon on the OADF website.

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REGISTRATION OPEN: 19th Open Auto Drive Forum on May 9, 2023

The 19th Open Auto Drive Forum Event is on May 9, 2023, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at HERE in Chicago, USA

We are pleased to announce the 19th OADF event on May 9, 2023, 9:30am to 5:30pm (CDT) at HERE in Chicago. This event 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, TISA as well as TN-ITS will inform you about their latest contributions in the field of automated driving. Furthermore, you can expect interesting presentations from industry experts as well as technical discussions, please check our agenda!

For preparing the meeting logistics, please register by April 20, 2023 at the latest. Please note that the number of places is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

The 18th Open Auto Drive Forum event on November 22, 2022, was attended by more than 100 online participants. Andras Csepinszky of NNG, the OADF spokesperson and co-chair of SENSORIS, warmly welcomed the attendees and recalled the history and goals of OADF. He also gave an overview of recent OADF activities related to reliable maps and the OADF ecosystem.

Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit introduced to ISO/AWI TS 5083 ‘Road vehicles – Safety for automated driving systems’, which will include a chapter on the use of HD maps in automated driving systems. This chapter will also provide the definition of reliable map attributes (RMAs), their deviation types, and mitigation of risks arising from RMA deviations.

Aria Etemad from Volkswagen gave an overview of the EU projects L3Pilot and its successor project Hi-Drive, of which he is the coordinator. L3Pilot aimed to test congestion, highways, parking, and urban applications. The Hi-Drive project began in 2021 and is scheduled to last 4 years.  It focuses on Automated Driving robustness and reliability, extended and defragmented Operational Design Domains (ODDs), and interoperability between countries and brands.

Trond Hovland of ITS Norway introduced ISO JWG 11 as a joint working group of ISO/TC 204 WG3 ‘ITS Geographic Data’ and ISO TC 211 ‘Geographic information/Geomatics’ and reported on the planning of a new version 6.0 of the Geographic Data Files (GDF).

In addition, the OADF member organization provided information on their recent activities in automated driving:

  • Jean-Charles Pandazis, ADASIS Coordinator and of ERTICO, reported on the release of ADASIS v3.2, the planning for v3.3, which will integrate auxiliary providers, and the planning for v3.4, which will focus on a low-level protocol.
  • Benjamin Engel, CTO at ASAM, gave an overview of the OpenX standards, with particular emphasis on the role and definition of an Operational Design Domain as targeted by OpenODD.
  • Martin Schleicher, NDS Chairman and Elektrobit’s representative at NDS, gave an overview of recent advances in NDS.Live and reference implementations using OpenAPI and AUTOSAR SOME/IP.
  • András Csepinszky, SENSORIS Co-Chairman and from NNG, reported on the latest SENSORIS version 1.6 and the planning for SENSORIS 2.0.
  • Satoru Nakajo, SIP-adus founding member of the University of Tokyo, reported on the SIP-adus workshop held October 11-13, on SIP-adus’ collaboration with ADASIS in the field Operational Test, and on the development of DMP.
  • Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director, provided information on the progress of the TPEG3 development and the automated driving use cases guiding the development.
  • Christian Kleine, TN-ITS President and of HERE, reported on the market demand for digital maps and improvements in the data chain between Road Authorities as a trusted source and service provider.
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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 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 as well as ASAM will inform you about their latest contributions in the field of automated driving.

You can also expect interesting contributions again from industry experts, such as a presentation by Aria Etemad from Volkswagen on the challenges of introducing higher automation, a presentation by Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit on map reliability recommendations in the upcoming ISO TS 5083 and a presentation by Trond Hovland from ITS Norway on standardizing HD maps for the next generation of mobility.

The full agenda is available here.

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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.