Colm (pronounced “column”) Boran began developing automotive safety electronics at Ford Motor Company’s Electronics Division after graduating from Kettering University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1988.
In 1996, he became Ford’s corporate Technical Specialist for Restraint System Electronics and led the team that developed and launched the world’s first restraint control system that tailored dual-stage airbag and pretensioner deployment for both driver and front passengers based on occupant size, seat belt usage, and crash severity.
In 2002, as Product Manager for Restraint Control Electronics, he led the global team that developed the core hardware, software and algorithms at Autoliv, after they acquired the Restraint Electronics business from Visteon.
From 2006 to 2013, he was Director of Autoliv’s Motion Control Systems team that developed and launched two worlds’ first products:
- An airbag ECU that integrated and combined the Inertial Measurement Unit sensors for Electronic Stability Control and Restraint Control systems;
- And a Safety Domain Controller that integrated the vehicle’s crash sensing and brake control algorithms into a single ECU.
From 2013 to February 2016, he was Autoliv’s Global Director for Automated Driving Systems development, which included the development of Level 1-4 Automated Driving features, and the company’s ASIL D-rated active safety system central controller. He also served on Autoliv’s corporate R&D Board.
In March 2016, he rejoined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, and is currently responsible for the company’s Autonomous Vehicle Platform.