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Autonomous Driving

Technical, Legal and Social Aspects

  • First book which gives a complete survey of Autonomous Driving

  • Gives answers not only to all kind of technical aspects but also to legal and sociological questions

  • Written by leading experts in this field of Germany and USA

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (32 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Markus Maurer
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. Use Cases for Autonomous Driving

    • Walther Wachenfeld, Hermann Winner, J. Chris Gerdes, Barbara Lenz, Markus Maurer, Sven Beiker et al.
    Pages 9-37Open Access
  4. Man and Machine

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 39-40
    2. Why Ethics Matters for Autonomous Cars

      • Patrick Lin
      Pages 69-85Open Access
    3. Implementable Ethics for Autonomous Vehicles

      • J. Christian Gerdes, Sarah M. Thornton
      Pages 87-102Open Access
    4. The Interaction Between Humans and Autonomous Agents

      • Ingo Wolf
      Pages 103-124Open Access
  5. Mobility

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-147
    2. Autonomous Driving—Political, Legal, Social, and Sustainability Dimensions

      • Miranda A. Schreurs, Sibyl D. Steuwer
      Pages 149-171Open Access
    3. New Mobility Concepts and Autonomous Driving: The Potential for Change

      • Barbara Lenz, Eva Fraedrich
      Pages 173-191Open Access
    4. Autonomous Driving and Urban Land Use

      • Dirk Heinrichs
      Pages 213-231Open Access
    5. Effects of Autonomous Driving on the Vehicle Concept

      • Hermann Winner, Walther Wachenfeld
      Pages 255-275Open Access
    6. Implementation of an Automated Mobility-on-Demand System

      • Sven Beiker
      Pages 277-295Open Access
  6. Traffic

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 297-299
    2. The Effect of Autonomous Vehicles on Traffic

      • Bernhard Friedrich
      Pages 317-334Open Access

About this book

This book takes a look at fully automated, autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be integrated into the current transportation system with diverse users and human drivers? Where do automated vehicles fall under current legal frameworks? What risks are associated with automation and how will society respond to these risks? How will the marketplace react to automated vehicles and what changes may be necessary for companies?

Experts from Germany and the United States define key societal, engineering, and mobility issues related to the automation of vehicles. They discuss the decisions programmers of automated vehicles must make to enable vehicles to perceive their environment, interact with other road users, and choose actions that may have ethical consequences. The authors further identify expectations and concerns that will form the basis for individual and societal acceptance of autonomous driving. While the safety benefits of such vehicles are tremendous, the authors demonstrate that these benefits will only be achieved if vehicles have an appropriate safety concept at the heart of their design. Realizing the potential of automated vehicles to reorganize traffic and transform mobility of people and goods requires similar care in the design of vehicles and networks. By covering all of these topics, the book aims to provide a current, comprehensive, and scientifically sound treatment

of the emerging field of “autonomous driving".


  • Automated Vehicle Guidance
  • Automated Vehicle Guidance
  • Design Functional Testing
  • Driver Assistance Systems
  • Electro-mobility
  • Functional Savety
  • System Architectures


“The editors have done a superb job of locating the best of contributors to write chapters that cover virtually every personal and professional concern in this emerging field. … I strongly recommend the book to any and all who have a vested interest in autonomous driving.” (James Van Speybroeck, Computing Reviews,, August, 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut für Regelungstechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

    Markus Maurer

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

    J. Christian Gerdes

  • Institut für Verkehrsforschung, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V., Berlin, Germany

    Barbara Lenz

  • Fachgebiet Fahrzeugtechnik, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

    Hermann Winner

About the editors

About the Editors:

- Markus Maurer studied electrical engineering at Technische Universität München, and obtained a doctorate at Bundeswehr Universität München. He started his career in industry as a project manager and head of department in the development of driver-assistance systems at Audi AG. He is a professor of electronic vehicle systems at Technische Universität in Braunschweig.

- Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford University, Stanford, USA.

- Barbara Lenz studied geography and German studies to postdoctoral level at Universität Stuttgart, where she was also research assistant and project manager in the area of economic geography at the Institute of Geography. She is Head of the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and a professor of transport geography at Humboldt Universität, both in Berlin.

  - Hermann Winner studied physics to doctoral level at Universität Münster before he started his career in industry in advanced engineering and later in series development at Robert Bosch GmbH where he was responsible for driver assistance

systems. He is a professor for automotive engineering at Technische Universität in Darmstadt.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Autonomous Driving

  • Book Subtitle: Technical, Legal and Social Aspects

  • Editors: Markus Maurer, J. Christian Gerdes, Barbara Lenz, Hermann Winner

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-662-48845-4Published: 31 May 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-56958-0Published: 30 May 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-48847-8Published: 21 May 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 706

  • Number of Illustrations: 103 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Automotive Engineering, Engineering Design, User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction, Innovation and Technology Management

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)