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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.

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?

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.

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.


The interaction between various fields of research holds the key to knowledge that takes both the current and future reality of communities into account. This knowledge may come from the humanities, the social and life sciences, economics, engineering, or the natural sciences. Against this background, the Daimler and Benz Foundation provides support for socially-relevant, interdisciplinary research projects. The selection process reflects the Foundation’s desire to concentrate on specific areas that they believe will produce results with far-reaching consequences for the future.