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The Car Thinks! (Invitation for Journalists)

Freie Universität Berlin to Present Driver Assistance Systems of the Future: October 13

№ 292/2010 from Sep 29, 2010

It looks like a regular production car, but appearances are deceptive. The vehicle “Made in Germany” (MIG) is a car that “thinks.” It is equipped with new sensor technology and thus capable of sensing its environment and autonomously navigating in everyday traffic situations. The vehicle recognizes red lights and stop signs and “knows” how to implement the right of way rules. MIG was developed by scientists at Freie Universität Berlin in the group of the computer science professor Raul Rojas.

Pursuing the vision of making driverless vehicles useful for society, the researchers at Freie Universität are making gradual improvements to modern driver assistance systems and have now brought the interaction between humans and machines to a new level. The driver of the vehicle can now integrate the “intelligence” of the car as needed. With an ordinary mobile multimedia device (iPad) the driver can access all the on-board electronics. This opens up entirely new possibilities for operating the vehicle, far beyond the previous ideas of remote control.

Professor Raúl Rojas and his team will present their “thinking” car at a press conference, followed by demonstration (exclusively for journalists, accreditation mandatory) on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of former Tempelhof Airport, Tempelhofer Damm 1–7, 12101 Berlin, GAT C, subway station: Paradestr. (U6).

Accredited journalists will be met at the building entrance. Directions and procedural details will be sent along with the confirmation.

Attendance is by reservation only. In addition, following the demonstration individual film and photo shoots or interviews will be possible beginning at 12:30. If interested, please indicate this in your registration (see below). Individual appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Registration and Appointments for Individual Film, Photo, and Interview Slots: