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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.
  • AndrĂ¡s 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.

Meeting summary

Review: 2nd Open AutoDrive Forum on February 23, 2016

On February 23, 2016, the 2nd Open AutoDrive forum took place at HERE (Germany) with participants from 35 international companies, including car manufacturers, system providers, map and service providers. The unique composition of the participants representing the stakeholders of all relevant fields for autonomous driving was a major factor for the success of the meeting.

This time, the keynote speech was given by Volvo Cars. As BMW in the meeting before, Volvo Cars motivated the need for collaboration in the field of autonomous driving. After an update of the activities in the ADASIS, NDS and SENSORIS consortia, the results of the follow-up activities of the 1st Open AutoDrive meeting on December 15, 2015 were presented: Major progress was achieved towards an agreed ecosystem architecture allowing each stakeholder to position himself and his business. The ecosystem architecture was also used to clarify the role of the existing standardisation initiatives (including TISA TPEG), to identify room for improvements of the standards and to elaborate combinations/extensions to the benefit of a future ecosystem. Furthermore, the results of a task force initiated at the 1st meeting on functional safety requirements for HAD maps was presented. The aspects of the maps to be considered and the validation measures are now better understood, allowing the dedicated experts to propose solutions.

As in the first meeting, the most interesting topics were subject of parallel breakout sessions. In one of the sessions, the ecosystem architecture was confirmed again and two interfaces were identified that will jointly be worked out in the next step. The session on functional safety and maps identified, based in the results as presented previously, three major topics to further work on until the next Open AutoDrive Forum: End-to-end protection of selected communication paths in the ecosystem architecture, metadata for map quality representation and audits/assessments of map production processes. The third session focussed on localization approaches. It first addressed the question whether the known localization approaches are mature enough for commercial use. It was further discussed whether the corresponding map representations should be subject of standardisation now or whether they are to be considered as distinctive features in the market for the time being. The car manufacturers committed to keep on driving the harmonization of different approaches and the respective standardizations.

The presentations in the 2nd Open AutoDrive Forum illustrated the big progress since the 1st Open AutoDrive meeting and identified important follow-up activities in dedicated expert groups. We are looking forward to the 3rd Open AutoDrive Forum in which the results will be presented to the plenum. The 3rd Open AutoDrive Forum will be hosted by TomTom on April 12 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Meeting summary

Review: 1st Open AutoDrive Forum on Dec 15, 2016

The 1st Open AutoDrive forum took place on December 15 at Here in Schwalbach, Germany with representatives from the three consortia. In total, more that 30 companies were represented by more than 50 participants in this meeting.

After a keynote speech by BMW stating the importance of collaboration for autonomous driving, the consortia NDS, ADASIS and SENSORS presented their objectives and work focus. For the remainder of the first meeting, breakout sessions were organized on application requirements for HD maps and data, on interfaces and specifications, on the HD format and content as well on the relation between functional safety and maps.

A major outcome of the 1st Open AutoDrive Forum was the first draft of an ecosystem architecture as the basis for all consortia to identify their role and contributions in terms of interfaces and standardization. The second major outcome of the meeting was a list of key questions to be addressed in the context of functional safety and HD maps as well as the initiation of a working group working on first answers until the 2nd Open AutoDrive Forum meeting.