The power of simulation to AV design and development: Building reliable ADAS and AV systems part 2

By Victoria Carlos

In part 2 of this episode of the Future Car Podcast, Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries, and I, Conor Peick, Thought Leadership team writer, continue a series of conversations on autonomous vehicles and how they will shape the future of mobility.

In this podcast, Nand and I are joined by Gwen van Vugt, Senior Director of Autonomy at Siemens Digital Industries Software to discuss the importance of building trustworthy and compliant ADAS and AV systems. In part 1, we discussed the role of real-world testing and data collection and touched on the importance of both simulation and real-world testing to validate AV systems. In part 2 we dig a little deeper into the challenges of scaling automotive software and further explore the role of simulations in testing AV and ADAS systems.

Nand Kochhar

Nand Kochhar

Vice President, Automotive and Transportation Industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software

Nand Kochhar is the vice president of Automotive and Transportation Industry Strategy for Siemens Digital Industries Software. He joined Siemens in 2020 after nearly 30 years with Ford Motor Company, where he most recently served as Global Safety Systems Chief Engineer. In this capacity, Kochhar was responsible for vehicle safety performance of all Ford and Lincoln brand products globally. He also served as Executive Technical Leader, CAE, and as a member of Ford’s Technology Advisory Board. Kochhar’s tenure at Ford also included executive engineering leadership across a range of disciplines including in product development, manufacturing, digitalization, simulation technology development and implementation.

Kochhar has additionally been active in SAE International, where he has served as Chairman of the Executive standards committee, leader of a cross-industry group focused on driving standards for mobility, autonomous vehicle development, electrification and connectivity. Kochhar also served as Chairman of SAE’s Motor Vehicle Council for 2015-16 terms, after which he was named the Vice Chair of Technical Standards Board (TSB) in 2017 and then TSB Chair in 2018 and 2019.

Kochhar graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) with a master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics. He was inducted as a member of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers at Missouri S&T in 2005. He lives in Northville, Michigan with his wife and two kids.

Gwen van Vugt

Gwen van Vugt

Senior Director Autonomy at Siemens Digital Industries Software

With degrees in Mechanical and Controls Engineering and General Management, Gwen loves to use his technology and business education to stitch the technical and commercial worlds together. Over a 25 year career, Gwen has maintained a natural curiosity to new technologies and a constant pursuit for business opportunities.

Conor Peick

Conor Peick

Thought Leadership Writer 

Conor works as a writer covering Automotive and Transportation topics for Siemens Digital Industries Software. In this role, he has helped produce a variety of materials including blogs, articles and whitepapers on automotive topics ranging from wire harness design and manufacturing to embedded software development and overall industry trends.

The Future Car Podcast Podcast

The Future Car Podcast

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/podcasts/the-future-car/conor-peick/the-power-of-simulation-to-av-design-and-development-building-reliable-adas-and-av-systems-part-2/