Audi’s Legal Team to present their View of Autonomous Cars at TU-Automotive Europe 2015

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TU-Automotive announced today that Dr Volker Hartmann, Attorney at Law within Audi’s newly created legal team will partner up with Dr Stephan Appt, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons to join the growing list of connected car experts who will speak at Europe's biggest connected car and mobility conference – TU-Automotive Europe, Stuttgart, 2nd-3rd November 2015.

As national governments across Europe aim to foster automated vehicle innovation by opening up public roads to test and verify new technologies, the question of how products liability law will impact driverless cars has been thrown into light. The joint presentation between Dr Volker Hartmann, Attorney at Law within Audi’s newly created legal team and Dr Stephan Appt, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons will focus on the interaction and contradiction of product safety/liability on the one hand and privacy protection on the other hand when it comes to autonomous cars. See the session here:

About Dr Volker Hartmann, Legal Advice Digitalization & Anti-Trust Law, Audi

Dr. Volker Hartmann, Attorney at Law (Germany), joined Audi Group in 2008 as a company lawyer at Audi’s German Sales Company. From July 2010 until December 2013 he was head of the department "Customer and Consumer Protection“ which was in charge of pre-trial customer complaints regarding product safety and product liability. Currently Dr Hartmann is working in the newly established legal team, giving legal advice to all matters related to car digitalization.

About Dr Stephan Appt, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons

Dr Steohan Appt has considerable experience in commercial, intellectual property and information technology law matters, with a particular focus on the Automotive & IT sectors. He has advised extensively on legal matters arising in respect of high-profile user connectivity initiatives/product lines, including advice on the development and distribution of the underlying car2car and car2X connectivity functionalities, privacy law requirements, regulatory aspects (telecoms) concerning the underlying machine-to-machine (m2m) communications and 'frontend' aspects (such as e-commerce requirements for the on-line sale of connectivity services).

Europe’s Top Automotive Technology Minds All on One Stage in One Place

Here is a snapshot of who else to expect amongst 120 thought leaders at TU-Automotive Europe -

  •     Dieter May, SVP for New Digital Data and Business Models, BMW
  •     Pierre Masai, CIO, Toyota Motors Europe
  •     Robert Henrich, CEO, Moovel
  •     Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, SVP Advanced Technology for Automotive, Mahindra & Mahindra
  •     Peter Frans Pauwels, Co-Founder, Head of Product Innovation, TomTom Management Board
  •     Martin Kristensson, Director Connectivity Strategy, Volvo Cars
  •     Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover
  •     Jürgen Dickmann, Leader for Research & Development – Active Sensors, Daimler
  •     Francois Guichard, Transport: Vehicle Regulations & Transport Innovations, United Nations

Topics: The Trends Driving On Demand, Sustainable, Consumer-Driven Mobility

The 2015 agenda is now available. As ever, there will be an acute focus on telematics and connectivity, but to reflect the other hot trends in the industry right now, TU-Automotive Europe will also cover mobility and autonomous technology.

  •     From ADAS to Autonomous: Take a step-by-step approach to overcome hurdles relating to active safety, regulations and consumer acceptance as the car becomes more automated
  •     Connecting the Chaos - Car & the IoT: With millions of disparately connected devices, debate which IoT applications actually make sense for consumers and their cars
  •     Security by Design: Immobilise hackers and create digital trust amongst consumers by building common infrastructure platforms that shut the door on remote access

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