The event discusses the future challenges in the field of virtual development, testing and validation of systems for automated vehicles. The current state of reserach and technologies of driving simulation and VR will be shown. The topical key points will focus on interactive human-in-the-loop simulations, virtual environments for advanced driver assistance systems, autonomous driving and connectivity. The symposium’s practical relevance is highlighted by examples for successful implementations and by a live demonstration of the driving simulator of the Fraunhofer ITWM. The symposium offers an excellent platform for exchanges between driving simulation experts from the fields of science, IT, or the industry.