60 Steering Autonomous Vehicles
The Big Bang of autonomous drivingMon, 19, Dec 2016
60 people driving the self-driving movementMon, 19, Dec 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 KROENUNGMon, 19, Dec 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 liftingMon, 19, Dec 2016
JOHN ABSMEIERMon, 19, Dec 2016
ROGER BERGMon, 19, Dec 2016
LAWRENCE BURNSMon, 19, Dec 2016
ERIK COELINGHMon, 19, Dec 2016
GLEN DE VOSMon, 19, Dec 2016
RALPH LAUXMANNMon, 19, Dec 2016
CHRISTOPH GROTEMon, 19, Dec 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 HALLMon, 19, Dec 2016
YUTAKA HIWATASHIMon, 19, Dec 2016
JEN-HSUN HUANGMon, 19, Dec 2016
RICKY HUDIMon, 19, Dec 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 IIJIMAMon, 19, Dec 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 ISAACMon, 19, Dec 2016
TIM KENTLEY-KLAY and JESSE LEVINSONMon, 19, Dec 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 LAGESMon, 19, Dec 2016
ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKIMon, 19, Dec 2016
ALEX LIDOWMon, 19, Dec 2016
BRIAN LOHMon, 19, Dec 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 MANSFIELDMon, 19, Dec 2016
SHERIF MARAKBYMon, 19, Dec 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 MUDALIGEMon, 19, Dec 2016
LARRY PAGE and SERGEY BRINMon, 19, Dec 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 PRATTMon, 19, Dec 2016
BRYAN SALESKYMon, 19, Dec 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 quickensMon, 19, Dec 2016
MATTHIAS SCHULZEMon, 19, Dec 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 SHASHUAMon, 19, Dec 2016
MAARTEN SIERHUISMon, 19, Dec 2016
KAY STEPPERMon, 19, Dec 2016
YOICHI SUGIMOTOMon, 19, Dec 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 URMSONMon, 19, Dec 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 VOGTMon, 19, Dec 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 WANGMon, 19, Dec 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 NABBEMon, 19, Dec 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 OVERBEEKMon, 19, Dec 2016
SEBASTIAN THRUNMon, 19, Dec 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 BECKERMon, 19, Dec 2016
MISSY CUMMINGS: University research smooths the way for self-driving carsMon, 19, Dec 2016
LOUAY ELDADAMon, 19, Dec 2016
BJORN GIESLER: Wants self-driving tech to become faster and cheaper to manufactureMon, 19, Dec 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 IAGNEMMAMon, 19, Dec 2016
SIMON JONESMon, 19, Dec 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.