Nurturing the Era of End-to-End Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Standards for Connected and Autonomous Transportation


Image of a futuristic carThe automotive ecosystem is in transformation, driven by technology evolution, new business opportunities, and policy initiatives. Future cars will have electric and other power trains. Moreover, vehicles will be connected, automated, and smart due to computerization and software-embedded intelligence. There is a shift from individually owned vehicles toward interconnected shared mobility solutions , used as an if-and-when needed service [Mobility as a Service (MaaS)]. Drivers will be operators and eventually passengers. Autonomous vehicles will open up many more currently unknown opportunities for end-to-end MaaS.

While vehicle manufacturers drive the evolution of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) toward fully automated cars, the ICT sector’s aspiration is to leapfrog autonomous driving. Stakeholders from both industries in the converging mobility ecosystem face challenges that cannot be solved by a single company or by a closed circle of a few companies. Close cooperation across a variety of disciplines and a diversity of stakeholders is needed to align technology evolution paths, to jointly evolve value networks and markets, and in general to build trust in autonomous systems. In particular, standards-related activities help to reduce complexity and thus reduce risks and cost, facilitate economies of scale, enable interoperable building blocks of the end-to-end system, and help ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

A broad, open, cross-industry dialogue is needed to exchange views, to debate, and to agree upon common challenges and coordinated activities needed, including:

  • Technology enablers for autonomous vehicles—Trade-offs
  • Data driven engineering and testing
  • Vehicle platforms and platform business
  • Infrastructure for autonomous vehicles
  • Hitting the safety spot despite security risks and AI-black box embedded functionality

IEEE SA organized two standards-related industry workshops, on 13 December 2018 and on 2-3 December 2019. Both workshops took place in Munich. The first workshop was hosted by the IBM Watson IoT Center, the second by Rohde & Schwarz. Due to the Pandemic, the next events 23 January 2021 / 12 February 2021 on Cybersecurity were changed to virtual formats. The next event is going to be a Web debate about the stumbling points on the way to autonomous drive.

To evolve the workshop format and further its relevance and impact, it is key to:

  • Broaden the base to build agendas more systematically bottom up according to stakeholder needs, and
  • Grow international participation by globalizing the workshop that is changing venue worldwide.

This Industry Connection activity aims to provide the organizational framework needed for both, to expand volunteer engagement from the entire ecosystem and to globalize participation from all over the world, in particular from Asia and the Americas.

The overall purpose of the event is multifold:

  • Inform about relevant leading-edge technologies
  • Inform about ongoing standardization projects
  • Inform about standards-related initiatives
  • Identify limitations and shortcomings of existing (standardized) technologies
  • Identify research challenges
  • Identify standardization needs
  • Identify stakeholders with a vested interest to engage in a standards initiative

The workshop event invites key stakeholders to debate how to advance the development of autonomous vehicles and e2e MaaS. Key industry leaders share their vision. All speakers and participants have the opportunity to discuss and debate the tech and business challenges, and identify opportunities for standardization to help solve the issues in the ecosystem, which cannot be resolved by a single company alone, but requires consensus among stakeholders.

Keynote speakers, decision makers, subject matter experts, and technologists are invited from:

  • Car makers (OEMs)
  • Tier 1/2 suppliers
  • Technology providers
  • Research institutes
  • IT/Telecom industry
  • Academia
  • Research consortia
  • Industry alliances
  • Regulators
  • Governmental bodies

Get Involved

We welcome new participants from large and small corporations, academia, industry, and government agencies that are interested in Nurturing the Era of End-to-End Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Standards for Connected and Autonomous Transportation.

  • Shape the future of e2e MaaS, autonomous vehicles, and intelligent transportation systems
  • Learn and engage with key industry players
  • Grow your market through standards
  • Add scalability to your market prospects
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities
  • Share your ideas and concepts and get feedback from peers
  • Find supporters of your ideas

We invite organizations in the following areas or other interested stakeholders to participate:

  • Vehicle manufacturers and automotive suppliers
  • Autonomous vehicle developers
  • Software and internet companies
  • Semiconductor firms
  • Telecom operators
  • Road operators
  • Mobility service providers
  • Transportation infrastructure stakeholders
  • Industry alliances
  • Academics
  • Research institutions
  • Start-ups and scale-ups
  • Regulators
  • Governmental bodies

Call For Presentations

Nurturing the Era of e2e Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Workshops
Highly automated cars will be smart due to computerization and software embedded intelligence. They will communicate with each other and the infrastructure, sense and landscape the surrounding, and maneuver in an ever changing environment according to their capabilities. Drivers will be operators and eventually passengers. Learn more

Possible Industry Outcomes

Proposed deliverables and outcomes from this Industry Connections activity may include documents (e.g., white papers, reports), proposals for standards, conferences and workshops, databases, computer code, etc.

An annual IEEE SA workshop, Nurturing the Era of End-to-End Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Standards for Connected and Autonomous Transportation.

  • The venue should change worldwide. Organizing one workshop in Asia, America, and Europe every year is for further study.
  • The papers presented during the workshop will be available for reference by implementers for many years to come.
  • This initiative may also produce reports or white papers on specific subject areas as needed.
  • More focused industrial consultation workshops may be organized to learn from a wider crowd, gain further industry expertise, assess the need for collaboration, and to draw more participants into a collaborative initiative in order to build critical mass of participation in such a joint effort.
  • In the future, an exhibition may be collocated to the workshop.
  • In the future, the workshop may be a paid event.

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