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“An exceptional conference - we.CONECT is the perfect name! No other automotive conference allows you to connect with all your peers at such deep level."
Michael Greenish, Immersion Corporation, USA

“For me the perfect event! I got a sharp and valuable overview of current HMI systems and in touch with a number of high-level experts!”
Marius Noller, Bosch Engineering, Germany

“Enlightening  – stimulating – international! A spectacular event & grand networking!”
Dominik Scholz, P3 Automotive, Germany

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REVIEW CAR HMi concepts & systems 2013

From June 17 – 18, 2013 we.CONECT invited an International audience of Global Executives, Managing Directors, Head of’s and Managers of Automotive HMI and driver interaction responsible for departments, such as R&D HMI, Display Design, Connectivity & Navigation, R&D Electronics, Advanced Infotainment / Entertainment Multimedia, Control Concepts, Cockpit Design and Telematics to the CAR HMi concepts & systems 2013 event in Berlin.

Review 2013

  • More than 100 participants from over 77 companies from all over Europe discussed about future challenges, latest approaches and future progresses in the context of Human Machine Interfaces, driving experience & development, consumer electronics & technological features as well as cockpit & display design
  • 20+ high level case studies were presented by companies such as Volkswagen AG,  General Motors, Daimler, Renault, Adam Opel, Hyundai, Jaguar Cars, TomTom, Peugeot Citroen, Volvo Group Trucks, KIA Motors, Peterbilt Motors, Carmeq, Delphi, EvoBus, Continental Automotive, Siemens, University of Salzburg, Munich & Chemnitz and many more
  • This conference was rated on a scale from 1-5 with an average of 1.5 by 78% of the participants (1 stands for the highest and 5 for the lowest)
  • 6 World Cafés, 5 Challenge Your Peers Roundtables, a wonderful evening reception and an eventful Icebreaker Session the evening before the conference.
  • 9 leading Business Partners – TomTom, Crank Software, Digia, Ergoneers, Fujitsu Semiconductor Embedded Solutions, IAV, Immersion, LUXOFT, Monotype, OPTIS, QNX, Rightware Oy, Melexis – introduced cutting-edge product-solutions, HMi management strategies and pioneering technologies
  • An exclusive, rich Media Center featuring conference material, presentation slides and downloads (Complete Conference Documentation)
  • The CAR HMi concepts & systems 2014 will take place from June 26 – 27, 2014 in Berlin.

‘A very intimate, close and high-value conference with the right mix of experts from OEMs, suppliers and research groups!’
Dominic Paul Piamonte, Volvo Group Trucks, Sweden

More than 100 attendees gathered at the CAR HMi concepts & systems 2013 to discuss current challenges, brand new approaches and future trends in the field of automotive HMI. Participants, speakers and business partners joined in on one of the biggest international conferences on this topic and had the opportunity to exchange experiences, widen their network and debate upcoming challenges.

The CAR HMi concepts & systems 2013 has therefore established itself the second year as one of the leading conferences in the field of automotive technology & development, strategic engineering & design concepts and systems.

Icebreaker Session ‒ First get-together before the conference

On the evening of the first conference day, the icebreaker session provided a first opportunity to network, benchmark and discuss, while allowing the participants to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere at the futuristic nhow hotel in Berlin.

More than 25 presentations and keynotes
Inspiring discussions and presentations regarding the core issues of the conference, namely intelligent HMi technologies and systems, design perspectives, present and future HMi tools and challenges, as well as features for integrated automotive cockpits enabled diversified touch points with the audience’s experience and fulfilled the expectations to a maximum.

Throughout the three days of the conference, the many topics of focus played an important role in the agenda. Field reports, panel discussions, as well as case studies were presented. The exchange of ideas between participants, speakers and business partners was animated and encouraged through different kinds of sessions (e.g. World Cafés, Challenge Your Peers Roundtables) providing real value for the attendees. Accordingly, the conference aimed at turning the participants into active debating members, rather than passive listeners and this goal was notably achieved.

‘For me the perfect event! I got a sharp and valuable overview of current HMI systems and in touch with a number of high-level experts!'
Marius Noller, Bosch Engineering, Germany 

we.CONECT Challenge Your Peers

Participants suggested numerous encountered difficulties within the industry and possible, practical solutions.

In addition to the outstanding speeches of the event, we.CONECT strived to achieve more. This is why each participant was asked ahead of time for further concerns, questions and topics to be raised. According to the gathered answers, we.CONECT created innovative and exciting Challenge Your Peers Roundtables. Each table came to deal with important matters, for which participants had shown interest, and discussions lasted issues and trends for most of the second-day afternoon.

Overview of the Topics:

  • Future trends in HMI: Technological trends
  • Future business opportunities
  • The main challenges of HMI for Autonomous Driving
  • HMI Technology challenges
  • Coping with the challenges of Driver Distraction

'For the first time, there's an all-around event covering a great start-off during the icebreaker session, stimulating topics with value and extracurricular events after the conference!"
Marco Bechis, Fiat Group Automobiles, Italy

we.CONECT World Café 

With the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’, we.CONECT adopted a newly intensive, interactive and innovative way of exchanging experiences in a collective way at the conference.

During the World Café Sessions on the morning of the second day, participants were given the opportunity to intensively discuss and share ideas and solutions in the field of automotive HMI development. To come up with new innovative ideas and concepts for current issues in co-operation with peer experts was the dedicated goal of the discussion.

The 6 sessions of World Cafés consisted of:

Processing & Development Café I

  • Moderated by Günther Hasna, OPTIS GmbH / Germany A virtual development process for a HUD display

Processing & Development Café II

  • Moderated by Dr. Ing. Christian Lange, Ergoneers GmbH / Germany Methods for evaluating and optimizing infotainment systems along the product development process

Distraction & workload management Café

  • Moderated by Tuhin Ray, Delphi Deutschland GmbH / Germany The impact of an adaptive user interface on reducing driver distraction

In-vehicle voice control Café

  • Moderated by Julia Ahlers, Carmeq GmbH / Germany In-vehicle voice control for more safety

Autonomous driving Café

  • Moderated by Dr. H. B. Abel & G. Meier-Arendt, Continental Automotive/ Germany Highly automated driving – how to encourage driver experience

HMI development Café

  • Moderated by G. Sewell, & N. Burger, TomTom International/ The Netherlands   HMI development for better user experience

‘Enlightening – stimulating – international! A spectacular event & grand networking!'
Dominik Scholz, P3 Automotive, Germany

Numerous key findings, discussion points and results were captured visually in the meantime by an expert in what is called professional graphic recording - to the fascination of all attendees and in reassurance of the best-possible added value for the community long after the event. In the afternoon, more presentations from Delphi, Carmeq and Peterbilt Motors followed.

In retrospect, the CAR HMi concepts & systems 2013 featured an up most interesting, diversified and highly interactive networking platform for leading Managers, Designers and Researchers in the field of Automotive HMI from all over the world.

we.CONECT wants to thank the team, participants, speakers, business partners and media partners for a very successful annual forum 2013.

We are already looking forward to welcoming you at the CAR HMi concepts & systems from June 26 – 27, 2014 in Berlin.