Ralf Herrtwich, Director Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems, Group Research and Advanced Engineering, Daimler AG
Herrtwich creates self-driving vehicles for Mercedes-Benz. In 2013, his team made an S-Class re-enact the world’s first overland drive, covering the historic 65-miles Bertha Benz Route autonomously in regular traffic. As Director of Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems within Group Research and Advanced Engineering, Dr. Herrtwich is in charge of conceiving and developing future safety and comfort innovations for all Daimler vehicles. A computer scientist by education, he started his career in academia at TU Berlin and UC Berkeley. He then held management positions with IBM and several telecommunication startups before joining Daimler in 1998 to manage its research on telematics and in-car infotainment. Since 2009, he holds an honorary professorship for vehicle information technology at TU Berlin.