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Autonomous Driving

Technical, Legal and Social Aspects

  • Markus Maurer
  • J. Christian Gerdes
  • Barbara Lenz
  • Hermann Winner


  • 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

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Markus Maurer
    Pages 1-7 Open Access
  3. Walther Wachenfeld, Hermann Winner, J. Chris Gerdes, Barbara Lenz, Markus Maurer, Sven Beiker et al.
    Pages 9-37 Open Access
  4. Man and Machine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-40
    2. Patrick Lin
      Pages 69-85 Open Access
    3. J. Christian Gerdes, Sarah M. Thornton
      Pages 87-102 Open Access
    4. Ingo Wolf
      Pages 103-124 Open Access
  5. Mobility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-147
    2. Miranda A. Schreurs, Sibyl D. Steuwer
      Pages 149-171 Open Access
    3. Barbara Lenz, Eva Fraedrich
      Pages 173-191 Open Access
    4. Dirk Heinrichs
      Pages 213-231 Open Access
    5. Hermann Winner, Walther Wachenfeld
      Pages 255-275 Open Access
    6. Sven Beiker
      Pages 277-295 Open Access
  6. Traffic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-299
    2. Bernhard Friedrich
      Pages 317-334 Open 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

Editors and affiliations

  • Markus Maurer
    • 1
  • J. Christian Gerdes
    • 2
  • Barbara Lenz
    • 3
  • Hermann Winner
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für RegelungstechnikTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Institut für VerkehrsforschungDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.BerlinGermany
  4. 4.Fachgebiet FahrzeugtechnikTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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


“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)