FRANKFURT -- BMW said Alejandro Vukotich will be the new head of its driver assistance and autonomous driving development department.
Vukotich will replace Elmar Frickenstein, who has been in charge of the department since it was created in May 2016 and who will retire after a three-month handover phase in March, the automaker said in a statement.
BMW in April concentrated its driver assistance and autonomous driving development in Unterschleissheim near its Munich headquarters.
Vukotich left Audi in March after 19 years with the automaker. He had been the head of Audi's autonomous efforts since January 2017 and in that year was named an Automotive News Europe Eurostars award winner for his work helping to put Audi in position to take the early lead in self-driving with the new Audi A8, the first production car developed with Level 3 conditional autonomous capabilities.