60 Steering Autonomous Vehicles
The Big Bang of autonomous drivingDec. 19, 2016
60 people driving the self-driving movementDec. 19, 2016
From driverless taxi pilot programs to cars equipped with self-driving hardware already on the market, autonomous technology has progressed at a remarkable pace in 2016. With help from industry experts, Automotive News has compiled a list of 60 people who have contributed heavily to the development of autonomous vehicles.
STEFAN KROENUNGDec. 19, 2016
Under Stefan Kroenung, 57, Autoliv has been developing a suite of collision-avoidance technologies and has developed self-driving prototypes to allow its customers, which include Tesla, Ford and General Motors, to test individual features.
JOSH HARTUNG: Pushing automakers, suppliers to save cost and let software experts do the heavy liftingDec. 19, 2016
JOHN ABSMEIERDec. 19, 2016
ROGER BERGDec. 19, 2016
LAWRENCE BURNSDec. 19, 2016
ERIK COELINGHDec. 19, 2016
GLEN DE VOSDec. 19, 2016
RALPH LAUXMANNDec. 19, 2016
CHRISTOPH GROTEDec. 19, 2016
Christoph Grote, 49, has already played a central role in the development of connected car and highly automated driving systems at BMW. Now he is spearheading the company's push into advanced electronics.
DAVID HALLDec. 19, 2016
YUTAKA HIWATASHIDec. 19, 2016
JEN-HSUN HUANGDec. 19, 2016
RICKY HUDIDec. 19, 2016
During almost two decades at Audi, Ricky Hudi accelerated the company's drive into autonomous driving and connected car technologies. He recently announced plans to leave Audi to set up his own technology and consulting firm.
TETSUYA IIJIMADec. 19, 2016
Tetsuya Iijima, 53, has led Nissan's efforts to develop advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies, starting a decade ago when he worked at Nissan Technical Center North America.
LAUREN ISAACDec. 19, 2016
TIM KENTLEY-KLAY and JESSE LEVINSONDec. 19, 2016
Zoox, founded by Tim Kentley-Klay, , and engineer Jesse Levinson, is one of the most highly valued startups after receiving more than $250 million in funding this year for a valuation of $1.55 billion.
ULRICH LAGESDec. 19, 2016
ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKIDec. 19, 2016
ALEX LIDOWDec. 19, 2016
BRIAN LOHDec. 19, 2016
Since ZF acquired TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. in 2015 for $12.9 billion and took a 40 percent stake in lidar producer Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, the supplier has become a self-driving technology powerhouse. Brian Loh, 37, heads up ZF's automated vehicle strategy and execution.
BOB MANSFIELDDec. 19, 2016
SHERIF MARAKBYDec. 19, 2016
Sherif Marakby, 50, joined Uber in April to help launch the Pittsburgh project after 25 years at Ford. Uber became one of the first companies to put self-driving cars on the road when it launched its pilot autonomous ride-hailing network in Pittsburgh in September.
PRI MUDALIGEDec. 19, 2016
LARRY PAGE and SERGEY BRINDec. 19, 2016
Though Google's self-driving car project has gained more independence from its parent company under CEO John Krafcik, the program would not have advanced as quickly without the support of Google's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
GILL PRATTDec. 19, 2016
BRYAN SALESKYDec. 19, 2016
Before Google, Bryan Salesky was at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. The software engineer has been director of hardware development for Google's autonomous vehicle efforts for the past three years.
KRISTIN SCHONDORF: Growing the talent pool as autonomous pace quickensDec. 19, 2016
MATTHIAS SCHULZEDec. 19, 2016
Before his move to Visteon this month, Matthias Schulze, 54, spent 20 years with Daimler. He led research and engineering in environmental perception, advanced driver assistance system development and vehicular communications.
AMNON SHASHUADec. 19, 2016
MAARTEN SIERHUISDec. 19, 2016
KAY STEPPERDec. 19, 2016
YOICHI SUGIMOTODec. 19, 2016
Since joining Honda Motor Co. in 1986, Yoichi Sugimoto has focused on r&d of safety and driver assist technologies, including collision prevention brake systems. Sugimoto, 56, is now responsible for Honda's autonomous driving strategy.
CHRIS URMSONDec. 19, 2016
Chris Urmson was the technical lead for Google's self-driving car project as it pulled the industry forward with its rapid progress in creating working vehicles and its audacity in testing them on public roads.
KYLE VOGTDec. 19, 2016
In March, General Motors acquired San Francisco startup Cruise Automation for $1 billion, signaling a serious interest in autonomous technology and Silicon Valley's role in developing it. Kyle Vogt, 31, lead Cruise.
JING WANGDec. 19, 2016
Chinese search engine company Baidu has been making significant investments in autonomous driving technology. Under Jing Wang's leadership, the company plans to roll out self-driving cars on a small scale by 2018 with mass deployment by 2021.
BART NABBEDec. 19, 2016
Electric automaker Faraday Future still is refining its plans for the development of autonomous vehicles, according to media reports, and must deal with the cash problems of its backer, Chinese technology company LeEco.
EDZARD OVERBEEKDec. 19, 2016
SEBASTIAN THRUNDec. 19, 2016
Google joined the autonomous vehicle conversation when it debuted its self-driving prototype in 2014. Though Sebastian Thrun has moved on to launch Udacity, an online education company, he helped found the Google car project nearly eight years ago.
JAN BECKERDec. 19, 2016
MISSY CUMMINGS: University research smooths the way for self-driving carsDec. 19, 2016
LOUAY ELDADADec. 19, 2016
BJORN GIESLER: Wants self-driving tech to become faster and cheaper to manufactureDec. 19, 2016
Bjorn Giesler joined Audi in 2005 to "build robots of actual use to people." More than 10 years later, he is still working toward that goal, as head of driver assistance at automotive software supplier Electrobit.
KARL IAGNEMMADec. 19, 2016
SIMON JONESDec. 19, 2016
Video game developers have become surprising resources in the development of autonomous vehicles. Simon Jones' Unreal Engine Enterprise is a division of video game maker Epic Games, and builds 3-D virtual reality scenes that automakers use for mapping and testing.