Impulses for knowledge

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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.

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Research

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.