Autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to revolutionize the commercial and off-highway vehicle industry by improving safety and dramatically increasing productivity and efficiency while significantly reducing costs. This symposium will bring together R&D engineers, robotics experts, OEMs, autonomous vehicle systems hardware and software engineers, test and development experts, and heads of design and engineering from around the world to discuss, debate and analyze the growing possibilities and future developments for autonomous vehicle technology, unmanned systems and robotics for commercial and off-highway applications. It is a must-attend event for all OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, and anyone involved in the next generation of autonomy for industrial vehicles.
The Symposium was quite a success. First because it brought together industry leaders in this nascent and important technology. Not only did the speakers present motivation for electrification but I was thrilled to hear the opposing point of view so eloquently articulated by distinguished researchers and leaders. It is not only my opinion, but in discussions with colleagues, I heard the same feeling. The second reason for its success was that it is addressing a nascent technology area that needed a forum and the Symposium brought together diverse and influential speakers in one location over two days.
From my experience with electrification of passenger car steering, electrification was an enabler to automation because it is easier to have a self-parking or self-driving car once the electric hardware is an integral part of the system and no additional parts are needed. This applies to electrification of industrial vehicle: not only electrification will be a cost/power/energy saving but more important it will be an enabler to automation that would improve productivity and eliminate hazardous working conditions. We saw this in some nascent technologies presented during this conference.