Autoliv’s Research Advisory Board strengthens insights in automotive safety
(Stockholm, Sweden, December 16, 2016) – – – Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, strengthens its insights in automotive technology research as Tomiji Sugimoto joins Autoliv Research Advisory Board.
Autoliv has led the way in the development of active and passive safety technologies to the world's car makers for more than 60 years. An important role is played by the Research Advisory Board, where distinguished members are exchanging ideas, theories and insights from their respective fields on an ongoing basis. This results in academic progress as well as in new products and strategies for the automotive safety market.
The board consists of eight members with deep insights in technical development and research, ranging from biomechanics to autonomous driving.
The 2016 member, Tomiji Sugimoto, has held various key technical and leadership positions in Honda Motor Co., Ltd, including Vice President of the automotive technology research division at Honda R&D Americas and Executive Chief Engineer at the Automotive R&D Center in Honda.
Up to 90% of traffic fatalities are caused by human errors, and last year when Chris Urmson and Natasha Merat joined Autoliv’s Research Advisory Board, the company clearly stated that autonomous driving is the next step to transform road safety.
“Every year, our products save over 30,000 lives and prevent ten times as many ‘severe injuries’, says Jan Carlson, Chairman, President and CEO of Autoliv. “Our aim is to be the leading system supplier in automotive safety, delivering both the hardware and software needed to build the world's safest cars.”
Autoliv’s Research Advisory Board consists of:
- Tomiji Sugimoto – formerly Vice President of the automotive technology research division at Honda R&D Americas and Executive Chief Engineer at Honda Automotive R&D Center, and recognized Fellow by SAE International.
- Chris Urmson – PhD in Robotics, former Director of Google’s Autonomous Driving project and faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University.
- Natasha Merat – PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor and Group leader in Safety and Technology at University of Leeds. Key interest in Human factors of highly automated driving and Driver behavior, especially driver distraction and the influence of new technologies in driving.
- Jeff Crandall – PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1994), Associate Professor and Director of Center of Applied Biomechanics, University of Virginia. Key interest in biomechanics, computational mechanics and vehicle crashworthiness.
- Jan Olsson – MSc Mechanical Engineering. Vice President Engineering (1997-2005) and Research (2005-2014), Autoliv.
- Jan Carlson –Chairman, President and CEO of Autoliv.
- Steve Fredin – Chief Technology Officer and Group VP Business Development, Autoliv.
- Ola Boström – Vice President Research, Autoliv.
Cathrine Stjärnekull, Director External Communications, Autoliv. Tel +46 (0)8 58 72 06 81
Autoliv, Inc. is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, and through its subsidiaries develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. Together with its joint ventures, Autoliv has more than 80 facilities and more than 68,000 employees in 27 countries. In addition, Autoliv has 22 technical centers in nine countries around the world, with 20 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2015 amounted to about US $9.2 billion. Autoliv’s shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on Nasdaq Stockholm (ALIV sdb). For more information about Autoliv, please visit our company website at www.autoliv.com.