Senior Director Automotive Software
Ralf G. Herrtwich runs automotive software development for NVIDIA in Germany where he can draw upon his long R&D experience in vehicle automation, infotainment and telematics.
He currently focuses on the market deployment of artificial intelligence applications for autonomous vehicle perception and control as he is responsible for the delivery of NVIDIA solutions to German automotive OEMs and suppliers.
Past assignments in Dr. Herrtwich’s career include managing the automotive and services business units of HERE Technologies as well as developing 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.
A computer scientist by education, Dr. Herrtwich started his career in academia at TU Berlin and UC Berkeley. He then held management positions with IBM and several telecommunication start-ups before joining Daimler in 1998 to manage its advanced engineering on telematics, infotainment and, later, driver assistance and chassis systems. From 2016 to 2019, after the acquisition of HERE Technologies by Daimler, BMW and Audi, he was appointed to HERE’s leadership team to steer the development of navigation applications, location-based online services and high-definition maps for automated driving.
Since 2009, he also is honorary professor for vehicle information technology at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2019, he was named Fellow of the German Computer Science Society in recognition of his contributions to artificial intelligence in vehicle automation.