Microsystems are an important success factor in the automobile industry. In order to fulfil the customers requests for safety convenience and vehicle economy, and to satisfy environmental requirements, microsystems are becoming indispensable. Thus a large number of microsystem applications came into the discussion. Some examples are sensors for engine management, exhaust and air quality control, immobilizers, ABS, anti skid (ASC) and vehicle dynamics control (VDC), smart airbag systems and other safety applications as obstacle detection and vision enhancement. With the international conference AMAA ’98, VDI/VDE-IT provides a platform for the discussion of all MST relevant components for automotive applications. The conference proceedings gather the papers by authors from automobile suppliers and manufacturers.