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  • October 16 - 17, 2024

    Bonn, World Conference Center

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International VDI Congress "ELIV" - The World’s Largest Congress for Automotive Electronics, Software and Applications

Welcome to the International VDI Congress "ELIV" - the world's largest congress for automotive electronics, software, and applications. Every year in Bonn, decision-makers, experts, and industry leaders from all over the world come together to exchange knowledge, discuss emerging trends, and showcase groundbreaking innovations in automotive technology.

With a lineup of world-class speakers, interactive panels and a trade exhibition, ELIV is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, expand your knowledge, and stay ahead of the curve. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just starting out in your career, ELIV has something for everyone.

So why wait? Join us at ELIV and discover the future of digital innovation in automotive electronics, software and application today!

ELIV is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the automotive electronics and software industry. OEMs, suppliers, and software companies gather to share information, present new products, and set the agenda for the industry's future. Over the course of two days, OEMs, suppliers, and university experts deliver practical and insightful lectures, addressing everything from the latest trends to classic electronics topics. Attendees also have the opportunity to explore the trade exhibition, discovering innovative products and services from various suppliers and service providers.

Good reasons for the ELIV Congress

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But ELIV isn't just about lectures and exhibitions. It's a unique opportunity to network with over 1000 automotive sector experts from around the globe. Meet old colleagues, new project partners, and discover current and innovative solutions while expanding your professional horizons.

The program of ELIV offers over 80 lectures presenting possible solutions for the current challenges in automotive electronics and software. The program committee works tirelessly to curate a selection of talks that provide added value through technical depth and high quality.

And of course, there's the trade exhibition. About 120 expected national and international exhibitors will be present at ELIV, offering attendees a wealth of added value in one convenient location.

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THE Industry Get-Together

Since the mid-1980s, the ELIV Congress has been at the forefront of vehicle electronics, bringing together technologies and industries and leading the way with emerging trends. As the industry becomes increasingly complex, the event continues to attract more national and international participants from the fields of electrics, electronics, and software.

Leading-Edge Insights on Automotive Electronics and Software: Learn from Industry Experts at ELIV

The program of ELIV presents in more than 80 presentations possible solutions for the current challenges in automotive electronics and software. For its compilation, the program committee intensively examines the submitted contributions and thus identifies those which represent added value for you through their technical depth and high quality.

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The trade exhibition as an accompanying highlight

The trade exhibition is the perfect place to learn about the newest developments and innovations in the field. With more than 120 national and international exhibitors attendees can expect to gain a great deal of added value by seeing everything in one location. It's a unique opportunity to discover new products and services, engage with suppliers, and network with industry professionals.

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Unlock the Full Potential of Your Time and Take Your Business to the Next Level

ELIV is designed for efficiency, enabling attendees to make the most of their time. Meetings with partners can be conducted on-site, and market analysis can be condensed at the trade exhibition with a quick overview. The focused program is designed to inspire and generate momentum, enabling attendees to optimize their project timings in the process. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in the industry by attending ELIV.

Join us from 16-17 October 2024 at ELIV in Bonn, where you'll experience an international industry get-together like no other. Benefit from a unique program of lectures with both technical and strategic content, network with global industry leaders, and discover the latest innovations and solutions in automotive technology - all in one efficient and productive event.

Program 2023

We are currently in the process of creating a Call for Papers for submission in 2024.

In the meantime, you can view the program and keynote speakers from ELIV 2023:

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Our keynote speakers from 2023 include:

Kai Lars Barbehön
Vice President Central Control Units, Wire Harness, Power Supply, BMW AG

Dominik Wee
Corporate Vice President, Manufacturing & Mobility, Microsoft Corp.⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀  ⠀ 
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Magnus Östberg
Chief Software Officer – Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Mercedes-Benz AG

Mathias Pillin
Member of Business Sector Board Bosch Mobility Solutions, Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Yankin Tanurhan 
Senior Vice President of Engineering, Synopsys, Inc.

Vishnu Gurusamy Sundaram
M.Sc., Senior Vice President, Cockpit, Mobile and Apps, Stellantis

Igal Raichelgauz
Founder & CEO, Autobrains Technologies Ltd.

Dr. Rolf Zöller
Managing Director, Porsche Digital & Director Smart Connected Vehicles, Porsche AG

Dr. Frank Kindermann
Head of Battery System Europe, NIO GmbH


2023 main lectures topics include:

  • Open Source Software
  • Software Technologies
  •  E/E-Architecture
  • Automotive AI
  •  Automated Driving
  •  Security
  •  Electronics Technology
  •  E-Vehicle Mobility
  • System Engineering and Processes

Automotive Trend Session

2023, we had a new program highlight: Automotive Trend Session. For 2023 the focus topic was “Open Source”.
We aim to highlight and discuss the advantages and possibilities of Open Source software in the automotive industry.

We are proud to bring together experts from the Open Source Field to share their knowledge and experiences.

Speakers Open Source

  • Michael Plagge, VP Ecosystem Development, Eclipse Foundation AISBL
  • Boris Engel, Program Director Automotive, Microsoft Corporation
  • Robert Day, Director, Autonomous Vehicles, Arm
  • Francis Chow, VP & GM, In-vehicle Operating System and Edge, Red Hat Inc.,

Our Program Committee

ELIV not only provides ample networking opportunities and a comprehensive exhibition but also a highly relevant and up-to-date lecture agenda for all attendees. This ensures that attendees stay informed about the latest developments, trends, and future solutions.

To ensure that the lecture agenda aligns with the congress's main concept, the ELIV program committee sets the course well before the call for papers is published. The committee consists of leading representatives from OEMs and key suppliers who have a keen intuition for detecting new mega trends while ensuring that traditional topics and enablers are also addressed.

We are expressing our cordial thanks to all members of the program committee for their many years of committed and voluntary work in this committee.

Program Committee

Dipl.-Ing. Kai-Uwe Balszuweit

Dipl.-Ing. Kai-Uwe Balszuweit

BMW Group Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum FIZ / München

[Translate to English:]

Jan Becker

Apex.AI, Inc. / Palo Alto

Dipl.-Ing. Harald Deiss

Dipl.-Ing. Harald Deiss

ZF Friedrichshafen AG / Auerbach

Elmar Frickenstein

Elmar Frickenstein

Steffen Glemser

Steffen Glemser

Renesas Electronics Europe GmbH / Düsseldorf

Dr.-Ing. Axel Heinrich

Dr.-Ing. Axel Heinrich

Volkswagen AG / Wolfsburg

[Translate to English:]

Dipl.-Ing. Christof Kellerwessel

adck-consult / Köln

[Translate to English:]

Joachim Langenwalter

[Translate to English:]

Ralf Lenninger

Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Michael

Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Michael

mps / Rödermark

Dr. Burkhard Milke

Dr. Burkhard Milke

Opel Automobile GmbH / Rüsselsheim

[Translate to English:]

Maik Rohde

Volkswagen AG / Wolfsburg

Dr.-Ing. Dieter Rödder

Dr.-Ing. Dieter Rödder

Robert Bosch GmbH / Ludwigsburg

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Schleicher

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Schleicher

Continental Automotive Technologies GmbH / Frankfurt

Dr. Riclef Schmidt-Clausen

Dr. Riclef Schmidt-Clausen

CARIAD SE / Ingolstadt

Dr. Jutta Schneider

Dr. Jutta Schneider

Mercedes-Benz AG / Sindelfingen

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Singer

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Singer

Renesas Electronics Europe GmbH / Aschheim

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Teuchert

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Teuchert

MAN Truck & Bus SE / München

Dr.-Ing. Michael Winkler

Dr.-Ing. Michael Winkler

Hella Fahrzeugkomponenten GmbH / Bremen

Joachim Ziethen

Joachim Ziethen

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA / Lippstadt

Dr. Rolf Zöller

Dr. Rolf Zöller

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG / Weissach


Truly RAPID prototyping and development

Author(s): Dr.-Ing. Stefan Nürnberger

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Partners of the ELIV congress


The VDI Society for Vehicle and Transport Technologies, VDI-FVT in short, has around 28,000 members that are affiliated to at least one of its 8 technical sections. This makes it the second biggest of the VDI’s dedicated societies. VDI-FVT is the community for engineers working in the vehicle industry, as well as for engineers dealing with transport and traffic outside manufacturing industries.

Traditionally, a majority of members work in automotive. VDI-FVT is the German affiliate of the world federation of automotive engineers’ societies, FISITA, and it is the intellectual sponsor of many big conferences on automotive technology and thus fosters exchange and knowledge transfer both nationally and internationally. It also sponsors Formula Student Germany, awarding VDI membership to all German participants, and promotes other student competitions for transport engineers. VDI-FVT has recently reconstituted technical sections for rail and marine technologies, as well as space- and aircraft. It is putting a strong focus on transport and traffic in general and aims to mediate between technology and society.


Be prepared for valuable insights into the latest trends, technologies and challenges in the automotive electronics industry.


Your contact persons for the program

Annick Cathrin Pauwels
+49 211 6214 -8646

Birgit Bremer
+49 211 6214 -273

Your contact person for organisational matters

Verena Feger
+49 211 6214 -244

Media partner 2023

Exhibitor / Sponsoring

Do you want to present your company as well as your products and services directly to your target audience without any scattering losses? Then find out about how to become a sponsor or exhibitor at ELIV.

ELIV 2023 – Mission Transformation

As the automotive industry has evolved, ELIV has also transformed, consistently adapting to and incorporating emerging trends and themes. As a result, the growing prominence of software technology will continue to be showcased not only by the exhibitors but also within the program.

The next ELIV will take place:


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Course number: 01TA101

ELIV 2024

Bonn, World Conference Center Bonn


Location information

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2
53113 Bonn

+49 228/92670 Website
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Review of ELIV 2021

“Software is everything.”

The message from experts at the international VDI ELIV (ELectronics In Vehicles) Congress in Bonn was clear. From the 20th  to 21st of October, 2021, professionals presented the latest developments in the automotive sector.

“Software is everything. The future is not the car, but rather the cloud,” says Karl-Thomas Neumann, Investor, former CEO of Opel and Continental, former Electronics Head at Volkswagen and the keynote speaker at ELIV 2021. The experts agreed on one point in particular: Change in and around the automobile is not just inevitable but also offers opportunities. Christoph Hartung, CEO of ETAS, a developer of embedded systems, said: “the automotive industry must learn how processes work in the software industry. This requires a completely different approach and way of thinking, especially in terms of how we communicate, cooperate and drive innovation together.”

Will the automotive industry achieve a turnaround in the software sector?

During the opening and closing speeches of this year’s ELIV, participants were asked this question. In the opening speech, 65% were optimistic that the industry would experience a turnaround. This topic was also a recurring theme throughout the entire program of the two-day event. The results underscore once again that significant challenges lie ahead for the automotive industry and there remains much work to be done in the software sector.

Climate change & Artificial intelligence / Software development influence our lives the most

In a separate lecture, participants were queried about which trends are most significantly altering our lives. Climate change emerged as the clear frontrunner, followed by software and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These are also the primary challenges currently facing the automotive industry.

Another megatrend to keep in mind is New Mobility.

"Shaping the world's mobility" - this is set to be the next challenge, as per Joachim Langenwalter’s (SVP Engineering, Stellantis) press statement. Langenwalter emphasizes the need for the creation of hyper-personalized, proactive mobility services. Vehicles must transform from merely being a mode of transport to a connected multimodal platform. Consequently, the vehicle will evolve into a connected third living space.

Neumann also agrees with this trend: “The car is no longer the focus, but rather the cloud platform.”
For him, the essence of future value creation predominantly lies in mobility services. However, this shift implies that “it is not logical for individual OEMs to develop car operating systems; instead, there is an urgent need to form an industry-wide alliance for this purpose.”