Cockpit electronics supplier Visteon has named Matthias Schulze to head the company's next-generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development, including a new centralised approach to domain controller and platform development.

Based at the supplier's technical centre in Karlsruhe, Germany, Schulze will report to chief technology officer Markus Schupfner. He joins in January 2017.

Schulze most recently headed Daimler's group research and advanced engineering activities in environmental perception, ADAS system development, autonomous driving and vehicular communications.

With more than 20 years of experience in advanced technology development, Schulze is a recognised technologist with strong ties to the global ADAS and intelligent transport (ITS) communities, international consortia and academic institutions, as well as automotive manufacturer and supplier research and development centres, Visteon said in a statement.

"[We are]committed to developing best-in-class solutions for autonomous driving and ADAS and we're pleased to have someone of Schulze's calibre to lead this initiative," said Visteon president and CEO Sachin Lawande. "Schulze's extensive experience and expertise in ADAS technologies and his position as an industry-recognised leader in this domain will help greatly in [us] emerging as a leader in autonomous driving solutions."

Schulze is the latest to join Visteon's newly established Chief Technology Office (CTO), headed by Schupfner. The CTO is responsible for building industry-leading ADAS and autonomous driving solutions based on a unique centralised domain controller approach incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning for object detection and classification.

"I am delighted to welcome Schulze to Visteon," said Schupfner. "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."

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