As well as a vibrant culture, CARIAD also has an exciting mission to transform the automotive industry. What do you find most interesting about that transformation?
The whole concept of digitalization is really exciting because it’s no longer just about the car and the hardware. The addition of app and software development adds a whole new dimension and spectrum of possibilities.
On top of that, I feel that this digital transformation has brought with it a great sense of collaboration and a common goal in the industry. In the past, OEMs seem to have worked more individually, but with the rise of software and autonomous driving – and particularly with the community that CARIAD has created across all Volkswagen Group brands – everyone seems to be working closer than ever before. After all, autonomous driving is a global movement. The better we can all work together, the better features we can develop to benefit people all over the world.
So, what would you like to see us achieve together? What’s your vision for a connected world and one that moves in a better way?
I’d like to see us combine technological innovation and comfort to make life generally simpler and easier, so we have more time to do the things we enjoy. I like having things done automatically so I don’t have to constantly and manually write new rules. That’s why training machines with a lot of data really interests me.
At the same time, we shouldn’t be so overwhelmed with technology and software updates that we completely neglect the world around us. At CARIAD, we’re developing software and features designed to complement and improve the quality of your life, not overload it!
Last week, we spoke to your colleague Halil Karacaoglu, who works as a User Experience Designer. He wants to know: what do you see as the biggest challenges in machine learning and automated driving at the moment?
For me, one of the biggest challenges with automated driving is the topic of safety. Driverless cars offer so many exciting possibilities, but it’s extremely important that we continue to keep safety front of mind. The concept of automated driving is still very new and our approach to safety has changed a lot since the days of the old automotive world, where we didn’t have such advanced software and complex systems to take into account. Making sure that these systems are safe before they’re brought onto the market is a big challenge.
That said, at CARIAD, we’ve also made some significant progress in this direction. Everything starts with research, and the research into how we can verify, validate and ensure the safety of these systems has been really impressive and promising.
And now it’s your turn – next week, we’ll be sitting down with your colleague Stephanie Cramer, who works in the area of assisted and automated driving, and active safety. If you could ask her any question about her work, what would it be?
What is the most exciting part in the development phase of automated driving functions for you?