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More collaboration between the traffic industry and the automotive industry was the central theme of day 2 of the Automotive Week. In a world in which we are faced with challenges like urbanisation and digitisation, collaboration is a necessity. By joining forces, we can create new mobility solutions that will determine the shape of things to come. Some 250 professionals gathered on the Automotive Campus in Helmond to debate mobility issues.

Vehicles keep getting smarter, with ever more sensors and cameras. Lane keeping and adaptive cruise control are just the first tentative steps towards self-driving cars. But for self-driving cars to become an everyday reality will require a lot more collaboration, in particular between the automotive industry and the traffic industry.

Maurice Geraets of NXP Netherlands knows the score: NXP is a key player in the development of autonomous driving. ‘Cars have turned into computers on wheels, full of sensors and microchips.’

After the coffee break, Bas van der Zijden, the manager of BMW Group, outlined the future of mobility. ‘BMW has a clear vision when it comes to autonomous driving. We are currently in a key transition phase, in which control of the car is shifting from people to the car itself.’

After the speeches, the conference attendees could sit in on workshops and watch demonstrations. Afterwards, many people took the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the sun and network with colleagues.

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