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Connectivity - Key to Future Emission and Consumption Reductions? In Vehicle and Powertrain

30th International AVL Conference "Engine & Environment" in Graz

AVL CEO Helmut List und LH Hermann Schützenhöfer

The true automotive revolution is taking place in connecting the vehicle with its environment. What does networking make possible? What is meaningful? How do we control the corresponding risks? The international trend conference "Engine & Environment", organized by AVL for the 30th time in Graz, focused on "Connectivity – Key to Future Emission and Consumption Reductions? In Vehicle and Powertrain." On June 7 and 8, 2018, top-level experts from the automotive industry, among them Shizuo Abe (TOYOTA Motor Corporation), Rolf Bulander (Robert Bosch GmbH), Lutz Eckstein (RWTH Aachen), Claus Ehlers (Daimler AG), Larry T. Nitz (General Motors), Günter Schiele (Audi AG) and many more, examined this current issue from a variety of angles.


Autonomous driving is at the forefront of a broad range of technologies designed to make vehicle operation safer and more environmentally compatible. In addition, advanced driver assistance features are increasingly becoming a sales-relevant differentiation factor. While connectivity allows smart energy and emission management, which includes online monitoring of all the relevant system parameters, it does place much greater demands on data security and requires a paradigm change in automotive development and validation processes. "Vehicle online" calls for a dramatically expanded development and validation scope, practically tests across all imaginable operating conditions.

30 conferences dedicated to environmentally friendly mobility

In 1988, AVL hosted the "Engine & Environment" conference for the very first time, offering an independent, neutral and international platform to promote the interdisciplinary discussion of key aspects in powertrain and vehicle technology in a wider social context. Ever since then, the conferences have been attended by more than 10,000 visitors, among them high-ranking decision-makers and experts from the automotive industry, science, politics and market research. Over the years, the AVL conference has regularly provided opportunities to showcase and explore themes and technologies, that had a significant impact on powertrain development in the ten to 15 years that followed.

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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