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Autonomous driving on the roads of the future: Villa Ladenburg Project

Autonomous cars will increasingly take over our driving responsibilities. The goal is to eliminate accidents or to at least reduce their severity. Sensors will recognize signs and traffic lights. The car will be able to avoid traffic jams, stay in its own lane, and communicate with other cars and with the traffic infrastructure. In dangerous situations, it will activate an early-warning system and automatically brake. But what will the societal consequences of autonomous driving be? How will our driving habits change and how can a general readiness to accept self-driving cars be achieved? What social, psychological, legal and economic factors need to be taken into consideration? The Daimler and Benz Foundation's Villa Ladenburg Project supports research into all of these questions with an eye to the development of new traffic norms at the national and international level.

Autonomes Fahren: Technische, rechtliche und gesellschaftliche Aspekte

Erschienen: Mai 2015

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Ist das voll automatisiert fahrende Auto zum Greifen nahe? Wie werden autonome Fahrzeuge in das aktuelle Verkehrssystem integriert? Wie erfolgt ihre rechtliche Einbettung? Welche Risiken bestehen und wie wird mit diesen umgegangen? Und welche Akzeptanz seitens der Gesellschaft kann hinsichtlich dieser Entwicklungen überhaupt erwartet werden?

Autonomes Fahren: Wo wir heute stehen und was noch zu tun ist

Erschienen: Oktober 2015

ISBN: 978-3-492-05780-6

Autonome Fahrzeuge besitzen das Potenzial, unsere Mobilität grundlegend zu verändern. Wissenschaftlich fundiert und allgemein verständlich werden in diesem Band die gegenwärtig noch offenen Fragen formuliert, die aktuelle Diskussion nachgezeichnet und Lösungsstrategien präsentiert. So soll ein informierter Diskurs zwischen sämtlichen Teilnehmern am Verkehr – den Forschern, den Politikern und der gesamten Gesellschaft – angeregt werden.

Autonomous Driving. Technical, Legal and Social Aspects

Erschienen: Juni 2016

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The Daimler and Benz Foundation considers the social dimension of autonomous driving will be of at least as great significance as the technological one. Innovative technologies are by themselves insufficient to shape these developments and to realize automated driving in our society. We are therefore well advised to already start asking ourselves such questions today and not simply accept this profound change in our mobility as given, allowing it to "overrun" us. To shed light on the ethical, social, legal, psychological, or transport-related aspects of this process, the Daimler and Benz Foundation invited researchers from various specialist fields to address this topic.

Daimler and Benz Foundation

Openness and curiosity are essential prerequisites for discovery. In order to intensify the knowledge-generation process, the Daimler and Benz Foundation works with targeted stimuli. Using its €3 million yearly operating budget, the Foundation is able to provide sizable resources for international research. Its endowment of €125 million makes the Daimler and Benz Foundation one of the largest, actively-operating foundations in Germany.

The Daimler and Benz Foundation is guided by clear principles. Its core values include supporting young researchers, encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation, and promoting research in a wide-range of fields. The Daimler and Benz Foundation has created a forum where leaders in the natural and social sciences can present and discuss their ideas. This exchange brings unconventional associations and new ideas to light: The result is knowledge with long-term benefits for us all.