Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon Corp. said it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier’s head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development.
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.
A 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.
Schulze will start in January in Karlsruhe, Germany, and report to Visteon’s Chief Technology Officer, Markus Schupfner.
"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.
David Lim, senior analyst at Wells Fargo, also noted Visteon’s growing strength in the area. “In our view, today's development is a clear sign of [Visteon’s] commitment to active safety and autonomous drive research,” Lim said in an emailed statement.
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 headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, near Detroit, and ranks No. 64 on Automotive News’ list of top 100 global suppliers, with worldwide sales to automakers of $3.2 billion in 2015.