International VDI Conference - Sensors for Off-Highway Machines

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The VDI Sensors for Off-Highway Machines conference will cover important advanced sensing solutions, necessary requirements and their application to off-highway machines. Participants will learn why it is important to choose sensor suites properly, how sensing technologies can be transferred from passenger vehicles to the off-highway sector and of course get new insights on the role of data and AI in processing sensor data and ensuring cyber security. To provide a complete picture an overview of the current and future landscape of safety standards and regulations will also be part of the event.

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Sensors as the Drivers of Autonomy

Developments towards highly automated and partly unmanned vehicles are a relentless force in the widest variety of industrial fields. When people might first think of the passenger car sector when it comes to autonomy, self-driving technologies are meanwhile especially prominent in the off-highway sector as well. From industrial or agricultural vehicles to construction- and mining-vehicles – the autonomous driving technologies we see in passenger cars are already finding their way into non-road mobile machinery such as tractors, excavators or cranes. In order for them to function efficiently, reliably and, perhaps most importantly, safely, in even the most challenging conditions, off-highway machines are dependent on a number of various sensors, sensor-systems and -platforms. As opposed to their use in passenger vehicles, the sensors in off-highway machines must prove themselves to be dependable and resilient in the face of harsh environmental conditions and must constantly provide quick and accurate measurements if it is extremely hot, cold, rough, windy, salty or wet, for example. This is why it is very important to consider the sensor’s role in making the autonomous off-highway machines of the future a reality.

Why you should attend

The VDI Sensors for Off-Highway Machines conference is specifically designed to make you aware of the wide variety of factors that need to be considered when implementing and integrating sensor systems and their functions in off-highway machines. The off-highway sector is defined by very small quantities but very specific requirements and many variants, which makes the necessary systems very expensive. This conference will look closely at the most innovative technologies, shows how synergies can be exploited and how new potential business models can be developed on the basis of sensor data, as well as the opportunities presented by artificial intelligence, data processing and deep learning.

Autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to revolutionize commercial and off-highway vehicles by improving safety, while dramatically increasing productivity, and cost-efficiency at the same time. This conference will put you at the forefront of these developments.

Key Topics

The VDI Sensors for Off-Highway Machines conference will cover the following topics, amongst others:

  • Technology transfer from passenger cars to the OHW sector
  • Requirements for sensor systems
  • Advanced sensing solutions & building sensor platforms
  • Management of functional safety standards, regulations and standardization
  • The role of data, AI & neural networks and cyber security
  • Future of work in autonomous off-highway machines


Accompanying and complementing the conference we also offer a pre-conference international workshop on “ISOBUS Automation using TIM". Book both events and benefit from a discounted package price.

Who should attend?

The VDI Sensors for Off-Highway Machines conference is ideal for engineers and technical specialists as well as decision makers with technical backgrounds at OEMs, suppliers and equipment suppliers to the off-highway-industry working in the following areas:

  • Sensor systems for environmental analysis, sensor- and information-fusion
  • Driver Assistance Systems
  • Autonomous vehicle systems, hardware and software
  • Automated / autonomous driving
  • Functional safety / security
  • Maps & localization
  • Research and development
  • Advanced development & engineering
  • Testing & simulation
  • Electrics / electronics

Networking is Key

Extra benefit for our participants: Register for the “Sensors for Off-Highway Machines” conference and visit our parallel conferences on "HMI in Off-Highway Machines" and “Automation and Robotics in Agriculture” free of extra charge.
Meet experts as well as participants of all three events during the networking breaks and our evening reception. Get in touch with experts, business partners and specialists from the international Off-Highway industry in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drinks. Use the networking opportunities, maximize your knowledge and have interesting discussions! Do not miss out on this international triple Off-Highway event in Berlin!

Book your Ticket now

You’re interested in making the most of sensor technology in off-highway machines and keen to integrate new developments into existing systems? You’d like to network with other professionals in the field and gain an overview of the challenges and opportunities present for the off-highway industry on its way towards autonomy? Then book your ticket for the VDI Sensors for Off-Highway Machines conference now.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact Leonie Bohnstedt.
Are you interested in promoting your company and products at the VDI Automation and Robotics in Agriculture conference? Contact Christoph Brockerhoff for more details.

Advisory Board

Stefan Lang STW - Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH / Kaufbeuren

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