In the first part I talked about the journey to Berlin and the exciting first impressions of the expert convention.
Day two starts off with Prof. Dr. Brauckmann’s welcome speech, followed by further lectures on visions of the automobile and the infrastructure of the future.
Additional lectures are given by technical experts and you could choose whatever interested you most. What will the main inspection possibly look like in a few years? Which flexible inspection methods will be developed to be able to assess the condition of vehicles more accurately? What are the limits of currently used methods? – Overall, pretty interesting to get an insight from a developer’s perspective.
Journey Home: Above the Clouds
3:30PM: Departure with the called taxi from the hotel to the airport Berlin-Tegel. According to Google Maps, it will take us 40 mins to get there. The taxidriver makes it in 30.
Once there, we have to wait for the check-in. At regular intervals, the announcement warns us from potential pickpockets – “well, Berlin.” I think to myself.
5:15PM: time to board the plane. I take my seat and at 5:45PM we fly to Frankfurt with a speed of 840 km/h. I enjoy the fantastic view above the clouds.
6:38PM: we landed and I am on firm ground again. We carpool back to Mainz to our own cars.
7:30PM: We arrived in Mainz and I head back home.
It’s been an amazing trip! The expert convention was perfectly planned and together with my colleagues, I was able to get valuable insights into the background of the legislation process and the consequential regulations. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to learn about the visions concerning desired test algorithms and to hear the thoughts of various experts on diverse specialist topics.
All this cannot be taught through training alone. There has to be, as is the case here, a dialogue and well-prepared lectures. In spite of the exhausting journey, I would always attend the expert convention again in order to be able to follow up on the changes and ideas in the near future and to further broaden my understanding.