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ISC Speaker Rainer Hoffman on Assessing the Safety Performance of Vehicles in ADAS and ADS Scenarios

16 July Changchun, China and online

Name: Rainer Hoffman, CSO

Company: Shanghai Digauto Automobile Technology Co. Ltd.

Presentation Title: VTEHIL – A novel Technology for assessing the Safety Performance of full Vehicles in ADAS and ADS Scenarios

Session: SOTIF - Safety of the Intended Functionality

What are you planning to talk about at the Intelligent Safety Conference, and who do you think will benefit most from what you have to say?

I will be speaking about “VTEHIL – A novel Technology for assessing the Safety Performance of full Vehicles in ADAS and ADS Scenarios”. The talk addresses all who are involved in the development of autonomous assistance and driving systems and the safety assurance of ADS.

Intelligent safety technology is at the heart of mobility development – how do you see it evolving as ADAS develops into fully autonomous functionality?

This depends on how you define intelligence. There is no question that advancements in sensor technology and compute power will make further AD-systems possible.

What other factors do you expect to shape the development of intelligent safety technology? (e.g., legislation or standards, new technology, or changing consumer expectations)

Legislation is the prerequisite for any safety critical technology to enter any market place in the world. No difference with ADS. So the critical next step is to get legislation in place.

What attracts you personally to the area of intelligent safety?

I have been engaged in automotive safety throughout my career. The new era of accident free mobility is where we all want to be.

What advances or changes in intelligent safety would you most like to see implemented in mainstream vehicles?

We must make use of human intelligence too; not focus on machines only.

Register for the FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China to attend the full event in Changchun, or check back on the webpage for the link to watch the Keynote Session, Panel session and 'Impacts of Human Factors on Safety' session live streamed on the day.

About Rainer Hoffman

Rainer Hoffmann graduated from Wayne State University in 1984. In Jan 2020 he was awarded Distinguished Engineer by Wayne State University.

Mr. Hoffmann has been involved in automotive safety throughout his career. After his studies in Germany and in the U.S., Mr. Hoffmann started in a research group at Porsche AG before joining ESI Group for the development of airbag simulation, airbag folding and Finite-Element Dummy modeling techniques in PAM-CRASH.

As the head of the simulation department Continental Safety Engineering, Mr. Hoffmann directed the R&D efforts for some of the first side airbag developments and safety systems for ultra-small cars.

In 1994 Mr. Hoffmann founded carhs GmbH. carhs has gained significant recognition in the safety community through its advanced engineering services, software tools and its unique training center which serves the leading German and international OEM’s and suppliers.

Mr. Hoffmann has authored several dozen technical papers and has been granted German and international patents in the automotive safety field.

Since January 2020, Mr. Hoffmann is working with Shanghai Digauto Automobile Technology Co., LTD as their CSO.


About FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China 2021

Registration is now open so book your place today.

FISITA and China SAE are delighted to confirm that the third annual FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China will take place 16 July 2021 in Changchun, China, with physical or online participation available to registered participants.

Following highly successful events in 2019 and 2020, FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference 2021 will run as a stand-alone conference for the first time.

The 2021 event will feature keynote speeches and a panel discussion, followed by three parallel technical sessions on the Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF), Cybersecurity and the Impacts of Human Factors on Safety.

The event is co-organised in China by Jilin University and Automotive Innovation and supported by Tsinghua University and the CAICV SOTIF Working Group.

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