At the 18th CESVIMAP Chair Lecture Series seminar day at the Universidad Católica de Ávila (UCAV), the subjects dealt with were mobility, connectivity and automation of vehicles.

Rubén Aparicio-Mourelo Alonso, Assistant Manager of CESVIMAP, gave a presentation on ADAS systems and autonomous driving. Mr Aparicio-Mourelo is in charge of the R+D area at CESVIMAP; he talked the audience through the exhaustive process of evaluation that the centre carries out on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and the difficulties in establishing a working standard for the same system, both between different vehicles and for models from the same manufacturer. He also referred in his seminar to the location of sensors that these ADAS need in order to work, and the possibility of their being damaged.

Beatriz Huarte Fournier, from Barcelona City Hall Mobility Services Department, spoke in her seminar of the opportunities provided by shared systems in large cities, such as Barcelona. She also pointed to their weaknesses, stressing basically the fact that cars or motorbikes are vital for many people on a daily basis, and that availability is not guaranteed.

In turn, Sergio Gómez Recio, Assistant Manager for Innovation at MAPFRE, estimated in his presentation that global sales for connected automobiles will increase by an annual 41%, reaching 43 million units in 2021, against the almost 8 million currently in existence, among other aspects also related to the connected car.

Ignacio Juárez, CESVIMAP General Manager, ended the day of seminars with an interpretation of what future mobility will be like: integrated, autonomous, connected, shared and electric. “We’ll reach a new reality where the vehicle will incorporate as standard both ADAS and connectivity, with alliances between manufacturers and suppliers”, stated Ignacio Juárez.