Visteon taps former Daimler executive to lead its driver assistance development
Michigan-based Visteon Corp. appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG to lead its next-generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development, including a new centralized approach to domain controller and platform development, the company announced in a press release.
Schulze, 54, worked for Daimler for more than 20 years, most recently leading the group research and advanced engineering department in advanced driver assistance system development. The unit deals with autonomous driving, vehicular communication and environment perception efforts.
Based at Visteon’s technical center in Karlsruhe, Germany, Schulze will report to Chief Technology Officer Markus Schupfner. Schulze joins Visteon in January 2017.
Visteon statement said Schulze’s role with the vehicle cockpit electronics supplier will include creating “a new centralized approach to domain controller and platform development” for the advanced driver assistance system.
“I am delighted to welcome Matthias to Visteon,” Schupfner said in a statement. “His track record in bringing new technology to market is a powerful addition to the team as we prepare to execute our technology roadmap through ADAS applications toward autonomous driving.”
Both Schupfner and Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande said Schulze’s move to Visteon signals its emerging role as a developer of autonomous driving technology.
Schulze graduated from the University of Karlsruhe and the Institut für betriebswirtschaftliche Weiterbildung in Germany with degrees in mechanical engineering and business economics.
Visteon is a global company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics products and connected car solutions for most of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers.
The company provides instrument clusters, head-up displays, information displays, infotainment, audio systems, telematics and SmartCore cockpit domain controllers.
It also supplies embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions to the global automotive industry.
Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries, including production sites, customer service and technical centers northern Mexican States of Chihuahua and Tamaulipas. Visteon had sales of US$ 3.25 billion in 2015.