Autonomous Trucks

  • Listen to international presentations on the latest technological developments in the field of autonomous trucks.
  • Find out about new business models and use cases for logistics.
  • Learn how to master the next steps on the way to autonomous driving.
  • Meet leading international experts from TuSimple, Waymo, MAN, Embark Trucks and numerous truck suppliers.
Autonomous Trucks | VDI conference

On September 7-8, 2021 our 5th international Autonomous Trucks conference will return. Future truck innovations, autonomous transportation and the usage of new business models are only some of the topics that the truck industry is concerned with. Autonomous trucks extremely influence ports, mining and especially logistics. At our 5th International VDI Conference Autonomous Trucks, one focus will be on applications in the logistics value chain and last mile. Further, we will more deeply dive into truck technology for autonomous driving – Automation, Connectivity, and Electrification – and evolving business strategies. Moreover, the horizon for the next decades, including current use cases and the regulatory framework and political environment for autonomous driving will be covered.

The future of truck

The future of trucks has already begun: New market players change and somehow define the truck landscape all over, but especially in the US and China. Therefore, the question arises of how to keep up with their pace and ideas yourself only being very small or very static.

As Association of German Engineers, we always take up the technical perspective. For this reason, truck technology will not be forgotten here. Automation, Connectivity, Electrification are only some topics we will focus in our talks. Unfortunately, it is not only TuSimple, Waymo or Uber as new players in the industry. Regarding software, the truck industry is also confronted with new players and influencers. Will their business models be successful, and can the rest of the truck industry compete?

2021's focus topics will cover:

  • Sensor Perception: Weather conditions, night vision and unexpected situations
  • Progressive Platooning Systems towards Level 4 Trucks
  • New Legal Frameworks in Germany & the EU
  • Autonomous Electric Trucks on Public Roads

Selection of confirmed speakers from last year's conference:

  • Chuck Price | Chief Product Officer, TuSimple
  • Vijaysai Patnaik | Product Lead Trucking, Waymo
  • Charlie Jatt | Commercial Lead Trucking, Waymo
  • Niklaus H. Waser | Senior Vice President, MAN Trucks & Bus SE
  • Peter Vaughan Schmidt | Head of Autonomous Technology Group Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG
  • Shawn Kerrigan | Co-Founder and COO, Plus
  • Chung Anh Tran | Partner EEP, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Gernot Hasenbichler | Senior Product Manager ADAS Truck & Bus, AVL List GmbH
  • Tom Laux | Head of Business Development, Sales, Marketing for Continental's Advanced LiDAR Solutions, Continental
  • Mathias Halliger | Vice President of Automotive Products, NVIDIA
  • Joseph Putney | Director of Commercial Systems, Robotic Research

Take the opportunity to exchange technical expertise

The conference offers you a unique platform to exchange expertise with international experts from all over the world. The fourth edition of the International VDI Conference Autonomous Trucks will offer an interesting mixture of technical presentations from major OEMs, suppliers, research institutes as well as interesting customers. The most important aim is to generate a worldwide picture and discuss the horizon of autonomous trucks.

Secure yourself a place

Do you want to find out about chances and challenges in the area of Autonomous Trucks? Would you like to learn about innovative truck business models and applications of autonomous trucks? Then secure yourself a place at the International VDI Conference Autonomous Trucks today.

Target audience

The Autonomous Trucks Conference is aimed at professionals, management and decision makers in the following areas:

  • Truck manufacturers
  • Major suppliers (brake systems, sensors, environmental perception, software and others)
  • Automotive IT companies
  • Logistics companies & further users of truck technology
  • Start-up companies focused on autonomous trucks
  • Research institutes with a focus on autonomous trucks and vehicles


Eventnumber: 01KO915

Autonomous Trucks


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Voestalpine Straße 4,
4020 Linz
+43 50304/15-8900 to website


1.290,– € plus VAT

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Advisory Board

Stephan Keese Roland Berger LLC / Chicago

 Jörg LütznerDipl.-Ing. Jörg Lützner CPT Group GmbH / Schwalbach

Dr. Gerhard Nowak Bain & Company Germany Inc. / München

Nico Waegerle Certivity / München

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andreas Zimmermann MAN Truck & Bus SE / München

Eventnumber: 01KO915

Autonomous Trucks


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