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Dr. Ralf G. Herrtwich

Director Vehicle Automation and Chassis Systems

Daimler AG

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Daimler AG

Mercedesstr 137

Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg 70327


Company Description

Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium ca ... more

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Employment History

Microsoft Corporation


Honorary Professor
TU Berlin

Honorary Professor


computer science

Berlin University of Technology

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HERE, the location cloud ... [cached]

HERE, the location cloud company, has appointed Ralf Herrtwich as SVP, Automotive Business Group. Herrtwich joins HERE from Daimler AG where, since 1998, he has held various roles and most recently served as Director Vehicle Automation and Chassis Systems. Prior to Daimler, Herrtwich held various senior management and leadership positions at RWE and IBM.

Nokia's former maps unit, now owned by German automakers, is close to signing more investors - Recode [cached]

Overbeek has also been working to make key hires, bringing in a new CFO and hiring former Daimler autonomous driving executive Ralf Herrtwich to run Here's automotive business. The company is also looking to bring in a COO to oversee the core map-making operations, he said.

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And in this exclusive interview, Professor Dr Ralf Herrtwich, lead engineer on autonomous driving for Daimler, says it is his company which has the most advanced automation technology, "probably".

We asked Professor Herrtwich for his thoughts.
Herrtwich's official title is director of driver assistance and chassis systems. He creates self-driving cars 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.
In the past, it might have surprised some to discover that Herrtwich is a computer scientist by education, and held management positions at IBM and several telecommunications companies, given that he's now lead engineer at Daimler.
But it's all about the zeros and ones these days - the binaries, the values, the arguments, the if-then statements, and the do-this-that-and-the-other loops. And Herrtwich knows plenty about those, which might explain his confidence in fully autonomous cars and Mercedes' place in the race to build mass-production models.
"We are totally committed to this goal and strongly believe that we will reach it in the not-too-distant future," says Herrtwich, whose expertise includes telematics and in-car infotainment systems.
We asked Herrtwich to describe what changes are occurring at Mercedes in this respect. Is there a change of mindset happening at Mercedes, and possibly adjustments in the design and development processes, with computing becoming much more significant?
Herrtwich says: "Digital transformation at Mercedes-Benz is not something that lies ahead of us - it is something that we have actively pursued now for years and years.
But Herrtwich shares a joke that the reason for this is quite simple.

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- Ralf G. Herrtwich, director of Vehicle Automation at Daimler

Prof. Ralf Guido Herrtwich, ... [cached]

Prof. Ralf Guido Herrtwich, Head of Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems, Group Research and Advance Development at Daimler AG: "The tremendous increase in computing power in recent years has brought closer the day when vehicles will be able to see their surroundings in the same way as humans and also correctly understand complex situations in city traffic.

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