Virtual Vehicle

Great success: 10th Graz Symposium Virtual Vehicle

Evening event of the 10th GSVF above the rooftops of Graz

More than 150 experts from OEMs, suppliers, semiconductor manufacturers and research institutes visited the jubilee event of the "Grazer Symposium Virtual Vehicle" (GSVF) in the end of June 2017. The focus of the 10th edition of the conference clearly was on the digital transformation of the vehicle industry and the resulting challenges.

Just in May 2017, the VIRTUAL VEHICLE celebrated the official approval of their requested K2 COMET Research Program for "K2 Digital Mobility Context-Embedded Vehicle Technologies" (read more). The research program will start in January 2018 and aim at an even closer collaboration between vehicle and digital industries. The focus of future research activities will be disruptive digitization, human-centric approaches and context-embedded vehicle technologies.

The priorities of "K2 Digital Mobility" also dominated the program of this year's GSVF, organized by VIRTUAL VEHICLE in cooperation with Graz University of Technology. The lectures focused on the increasing complexity and connectivity through the automation of vehicles, as well as on the broad electrification of the powertrain, which will entail extensive consequences for the development process.

Conclusion of the event: Automated driving, cooperative integrated safety of the vehicle, human and data as well as comprehensive energy management and other challenges can only be overcome by a serious shift of development and test into the virtual world.


The presentations of the high-level keynote speakers gave insights into latest topics from industry and research:

Dr. Phil Barber // Vehicle Capability Research Technology Specialist, Jaguar – Land Rover Ltd.:
20 Years of Predicting the Next Two Seconds

Dr. Jan Becker // Stanford University, Former Senior Director Automated Driving Faraday Future Inc.:
Automated Driving – From Research to Product Development

Christoph Gümbel // Senior Futurist/Partner, future matters
The Future of Digital Prototyping

Prof. Norbert Schaub // Head of Passive Safety Testing, Daimler AG
Evaluation Strategies for Integral Safety System based on future Requirements

Part of this year's GSVF were first-class lectures, an interesting exhibition with companies like MAGNA, AVL or PTC, the presentation of numerous research vehicles as well as an impressive supporting program in  cultural city of Graz.

Click here for some photos of the 10th Graz Symposium Virtual Vehicle