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Source: Federal Ministry for education and research

02.06.2020 press release: 069/2020

The BMBF and the Japanese Cabinet Office to intensify German-Japanese research cooperation

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Japanese Cabinet Office have now further intensified their cooperation on research activities relating to autonomous driving, which has existed since 2017. The joint steering committee has approved funding for two new projects. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Autonomous driving is one of the most promising new technologies in the mobility sector. As a growth market of great economic importance, it is an important step for the future for our automotive industry, and we are working closely with Japan on this issue. I welcome the fact that Germany and Japan are now strengthening their joint research cooperation for more safety in autonomous driving. Together we have launched two new research projects that will further increase confidence in the reliability of self-driving cars. ”Naokazu Takemoto, Japanese Minister of Science and Technology, also welcomes the research cooperation:“ Automated driving has great potential through its use of information and communication technologies as well as big data in the course of digital change to create new social values. International cooperation makes a significant contribution to the implementation of automated driving using these technologies. I very much welcome the start of German-Japanese cooperation in the area of ​​security assurance and cybersecurity in automated driving. As part of the Japanese inter-ministerial initiative to promote research and development “SIP-adus”, field tests were carried out with German automobile manufacturers and suppliers. This gives us a valuable opportunity to validate security and cybersecurity, and I look forward to working with them to further advance the use of automated driving technologies to help overcome societal challenges. This includes, for example, reducing traffic accidents and enabling greater mobility for older and vulnerable road users as well as the lack of drivers in local public transport. ”Background: The research cooperation is based on a 2017 study by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Cabinet Office , CAO) signed a joint statement by the Japanese government to facilitate scientific exchange and research in the field of autonomous driving, and potential annual research and development topics for collaboration in science, technology, and innovation were discussed at joint expert workshops . In January 2019, the cooperation was further promoted by the establishment of a steering group. This formalized the structure of the collaboration, which includes a steering group, expert workshops, regular meetings at work level and a coordination secretariat. Overview of the project ideas selected on May 29, 2020: (1) Virtual test methods to ensure safety Due to the highest safety requirements for autonomous driving, reliable and efficient test procedures are necessary. The complexity of electronic systems and software requires virtual testing to ensure security. The project develops appropriate evaluation methods for validation, modeling and simulation. (2) Cybersecurity The vulnerability of modern vehicles increases due to the increasing degree of networking of vehicles on the one hand and the increasing complexity of their automation and autonomy on the other. The project develops methods to identify and fix potential security weaknesses in modern autonomous vehicles at an early stage, if possible already in the development process. Further information on the cooperation of the BMBF with Japan: https: //www.bmbf.de/de/karliczek-in-japan-kuenstliche-intelligenz-im-fokus-8404.htmlRequest to: For Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchReferat LS21 “Press; Social media; Internet “Tel .: +49 30 1857-5050, presse@bmbf.bund.de For Japan: Cabinet OfficeBureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, SIP-adusTel: + 81-3-6257-1314, Fax: + 81-3 -3581-9969

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