The FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China will take place at China SAE’s SAECCE event in Shanghai on 29 October 2020. Klaus Kompass, Vice President Vehicle Safety, BMW Group. He will be speaking at the event about The Positive Risk Balance. We asked him a few questions prior to the event:
What are you planning on talking about at the Intelligent Safety Conference and what types of people do you think will benefit most from what you have to say?
Positive risk influence of automated driving compared to manual driving. In single cases a full attentive and concentrated good driver might manage a situation even better than the automated driving function. But considering all cases in all situations with the full population of vehicle drivers an automated system has great benefit with respect to safety and risk reduction. This presentation shows the need and a possible method of calculating the positive risk balance.
Safety is at the heart of mobility development and “intelligent safety” has been delivering real solutions into vehicles for many years, how do you see this increase in adoption of intelligent safety continuing as ADAS develops into fully autonomous functionality?
The decrease of fatalities in the road transport over the last 3 decades is mainly attributed to developments in passive safety. These measures converge towards a degree of saturation with respect of their effectiveness. The following three elements will improve the high standard already achieved by passive safety systems.
What attracts you personally to this area and are there any particular advances or changes in intelligent safety that you hope to see happening sooner rather than later?
With a vehicle safety heritage and experience of 3 decades I know that improvements in passive safety are of a very limited nature. Additional airbags, even stronger vehicle body structures or even more precise sensors might further reduce the outcomes of accidents but only collision avoidance has the potential for a leap frog function. Automated driving is key to avoid human error as the cause of accidents. On the other hand we have to face the fact that the attentive and concentrated human being is very good in avoiding accidents and a technical systems with state of the art technologies still has its limits in keeping that high pace. The development of automated driving functions under the light of all this is a terrific new challenge with a high chance to make tomorrows traffic safer than today. The presentations shall pave the way to raise this bar.
Since 2008 Klaus Kompass is VP Vehicle Safety for all products of BMW Group. He is responsible for the development of active safety, passive safety, accident research as well as the safety aspects of automated driving for all vehicles of the brands BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce.
After school and his military service at the German Airforce he studied Safety Engineering at the University of Wuppertal and graduated as Dipl.-Ing. in 1985. After 18 months working in a research project with the German coal industry he moved to Munich and started his automotive career as crash test engineer in the BMW vehicle safety department. During the next years he held several functions in BMWs R&D department to become director of vehicle safety advanced engineering in 1995. In 1999 he left BMW and became responsible for all engineering activities at Autoliv GmbH, market leader in restraint systems and safety electronics and has been in charge of three R&D centers in Germany and the UK. In 2003 he went back to BMW AG to manage different roles in the electric and electronic development and ultimately for ADAS advanced drivers assistance systems. In 2008 he was nominated as VP for vehicle safety.
Klaus Kompass is Professor for vehicle safety and driver assistance at the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz. He is a member of the scientific boards of CARISSMA (Center of Automotive Research on Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Area, University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt), of DIU, Dresden International University for the M.S. program on Vehicle Safety and Accident Research and is the Corporate Member representative for the BMW Group in FISITA. He received several international awards like the “US Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence” from the US DOT, the “Fraunhofer Airbag Award” from Fraunhofer ICT, the “Pathfinder Award” of the Automotive Safety Council, the “Josef-Stroebl-Preis” from the Bavarian Ministry for Internal Affairs and was promoted for the “FISITA Academy for Technical Leadership” in 2019. Together with his wife Heike he has three adult kids at the age of 22, 27 and 32. He is a passionate sportsmen, carries a black belt in Taekwondo and whenever there is time he likes to work on his vintage cars, ride motorcycles or bicycles or goes kayaking or rock climbing with his kids or friends.