While much of the transportation-related news has been focused on COVID-19 recovery, automated vehicle technologies are quietly progressing behind the scenes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recently posted a new Voluntary Safety Self Assessment for BMW’s Level 3 automated vehicle system. Join a discussion with experts from BMW to hear about their Level 3 system, learn about current AV development, and get insights as to where AV policy might be headed.
Armin Graeter, Head of Strategy for Autonomous Driving and Driver Assistance, BMW Group
Simon Fuerst, Principal Expert for Automated Driving Technologies, BMW Group
Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation
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Simon Fuerst studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. From 1993 till 2001, he was a research assistant at the department of System Dynamics and Flight Mechanics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. His research area was on onboard autonomous, vision-based systems for navigation and landing of airplanes and helicopters as well as for autonomous vehicles. From 2001 till 2002, he worked for IABG in Ottobrunn as a project leader and consultant for the qualification of the high-risk avionics software in the tiger helicopter and the Eurofighter Typhoon. He has been with BMW since 2003. From 2005 till 2009, he was an expert and project leader in ISO creating the automotive safety standard ISO 26262. From 2006-2017, he was in AUTOSAR in many major roles of this 200+ companies non-commercial industry standardization organization. During that period, has was the two times spokesperson of AUTOSAR. In parallel, he was General Manager at BMW responsible for the series roll-out of the AUTOSAR standard into all BMW vehicles. Since April 2017, he is General Manager in the division of Autonomous Driving and Driver Assistance. There he was responsible for machine learning, reasoning, and knowledge representation and line manager for agile development teams. In October 2019, he was appointed as principal expert for automated driving technologies.
Armin Graeter started 1987 at BMW as Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (University Rosenheim) in different roles of development and marketing. From 2005, he was Project Leader Safety of the BMW Hydrogen7, MINI e and other electric mobility projects. In this framework, he was directly responsible for Supplier Safety Audits and Assessments as well as the Whole Vehicle Safety Concept. In 2009 he changed to Leader Functional Safety of the BMW Group. He established a safety-oriented development process, finalized ISO 26262, and established ISO26262 within all BMW Group development areas. From 2013 he was Leader Strategy Driver Assistance and Automated Driving, Leader of the VDA Working Group Automated Driving, and Co-Chair of the ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, advising the EU Commission) Working Group Connected Automated Driving. Since 2018, Armin Graeter is Technical Product Manager Regulation Automated Driving. While holding the VDA and ERTRAC roles, he coordinates all BMW activities to support the worldwide deployment of SAE automation level 3 (Highway).