Smart Interactive and Other New Technologies

The final session on Thursday March 8, 2012 will be chaired by François Cuenot of IEA and is featuring keynote speaker Rieder Kirstan, Executive Director AIT at Altran.

The Connected Car

Which connected world has to be invented to answer this on-going demand for individualised mobility solutions?

This demand is spurring the development of innovative technologies offering embedded systems to optimize communication to and from the vehicle via increasingly sophisticated telematic products. New car concepts will progressively integrate appropriate mobility services and related areas such as infotainment, connectivity, etc. But, at this point, innovative car concepts alone are only partially able to cover individuals’ increased mobility requirements. Customers need individual mobility concepts that move beyond the automobile. What will be crucial here is the optimal integration of vehicle-linked mobility with other mobility forms. Indeed, vehicle design must adapt to the environment and car concepts need to find a new positioning within new urban planning – more sustainable, smarter and designed to meet individuals’ expectations.

What if you could get access to this new digital world from your car in a safe and adapted way? Indeed, you don’t want some external applications to fiddle with your car computer without knowing exactly what it does. And what about interacting with the vehicle? HMI and ergonomics have to take into account this very specific and constrained environment. It implies the development and the integration of five main blocks, namely:

  • Embedded Systems (e.g. software platform, safety & security, in-vehicle HMI)
  • System Interface (with existing systems)
  • Connectivity (incl. systems interoperability, flow & data management etc.)
  • Information Systems (e.g. ECM, BI, security)
  • Service Platform (to support the Business Model, data housing etc.)

Altran proposes a concrete example of connected car platform.

About Rieder Kirstan

Kirstan Rieder

Rieder Kirstan studied at the University of Konstanz. After first working experiences as system analyst in the fields of real-time operating systems and mainframes and embedded software development, he became the Avionics departmental project manager for Cap Gemini AG in Munich. He held a number of positions, initially as Associate and later as Managing Director in the Industry department of CMG Deutschland GmbH, which merged at the end of 2002 with Logica to form the company LogicaCMG AG. From 2003, Rieder Kirstan joined Arthur D. Little GmbH as Senior Manager. He held this position, when he joined BERATA GmbH as Managing Director in 2005.

Since the merger of BERATA GmbH in January 2009 with the other subsidiaries of the Altran Group – ASKON ConsultingGroup, EUROSPACE and Altran CIS – to form Altran GmbH & Co. KG, Rieder Kirstan has been the Managing Director of Altran in Germany. Today he is the Chairman of the Altran supervisory board in Germany and international responsible as Executive Director globally for the industry Automotive, Infrastructure and Transportation.

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The Forum is oriented towards a scientific audience and representatives of the car industry, but is also open to the public. Schools, research centres, designers, engineers, local authorities and individuals interested in the subject are also most welcome to take part.

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