Mobility means quality of life and social participation. It belongs in a networked modern world. An important element of individual mobility is the automobile which will change in the future, perhaps more than ever before. What will this look like? Will the car still have a steering wheel and pedals at all? Will there be only one or more alternative driving concepts in the future?
The International Stuttgart Symposium is organised by the FKFS Forschungsinstitut für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren Stuttgart to exchange new technical solutions and scientific findings. The purpose of the symposium is not only to provide technology, but also to discuss the changing social framework for the automobile. The symposium will be held in Stuttgart on the 14th and 15th of March.
The state of the art is the mechatronic car. A fusion of elements of mechanics, electronics and informatics. More and more vehicle parts are replaced by mechatronic components: the hydraulic servo control by the servo, the hydraulic brake booster by the Ibooster or the ottomotor is replaced by the hybrid drive. This means that the path for further development has to a large extent already been laid out: the digitisation of driving functions and their networking, as well as the electrification of the complete drive unit.
The next step in automotive development, both in the car itself and in its production, will lead to concepts of the cyberphysical car and the cyberphysical production system. The automobile itself will become part of a comprehensive mobility system. For this, as well as for the production system, new architectures will have to be developed.