Currently, two fundamental technical developments have the potential to make dramatic changes of the automotive sector: the electrification of the drive and the digitization of the vehicle in the form of automated driving. The latter requires in-depth knowledge of both computer science and engineering. Processing operations performed in a network of microcontrollers have to run in real time and must implement an interaction of sensors, algorithms and actuators. In addition, in the development of automated moving vehicles engineering knowledge is required too, which is related to the changes of the vehicle itself and their modeling for e.g. to deal with functional safety. Safety-relevant systems must be configured redundantly. However, knowledge of sensors and actuators as well as the interaction between man and machine including the necessary data transmission systems are required in the various phases of the development of systems for automated and safe driving.