In 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.
Today, 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. While these systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, they still struggle to cope with certain situations such as extreme weather conditions, construction zones, unexpected obstacles, and unpredictable human behaviors. That’s why ensuring the reliability of these systems will be essential to the success of ADAS and AV systems.
In this episode, we cover:
- Challenges in scaling automotive software
- The importance of both simulation and real-world testing to validate AV systems
- Optimizing vehicle design and electronics integration
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
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.
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
Transportation plays a big part in our everyday life and with autonomous and electric cars, micro-mobility and air taxis to name a few, mobility is changing at a rate never before seen. On the Siemens Future Car Podcast we interview industry leaders creating our transportation future to inform our listeners in an entertaining way about the evolving mobility landscape and the people that are helping us realize it. Guests range from C-Level OEM executives, mobility startup founders/CEO’s, pioneers in AI law, Formula 1 drivers and engineers, Smart Cities architects, government regulators and many more. Tune in to learn what will be in your mobility future.