It was an extremely intense year, full of ups and downs, but the successful evening with the journalists and the emotional reactions – everything from happy to anxious smiling – made up for everything.
Integration and Safeguarding of Driver Assistance Systems.
My name is Yves and I’m currently part of a team at BMW that deals with the integration and safeguarding of driver assistance systems. Every time our development teams deliver software, we run the data on our test stations or vehicles and test them intensively. This ensures that the control units communicate seamlessly with one another and that ultimately the systems operate as planned. Above all, I really appreciate the varied work – everything from simple parking aids to highly automated driving includes a degree of complexity and a variety of functions. We do check all models – from the Mini, the BMW 3 Series to the BMW X7 – every type of vehicle is tested.
My first contact with BMW came about through an internship while studying mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. I was able to work in overall vehicle testing and gain initial experience there as part of the internship. I made a very good impression with my supervisors and my boss, so they nominated me for the Fastlane scholarship programme from the BMW Group. After the successful assessment day and my start in the programme, the company also supported me during my master's degree in Autonomous Systems and Robotics at ETH Zurich with a number of further training courses and intensive dialogue.
After that, everything went relatively quickly. Even before I submitted my master's thesis in 2011, I signed my employment contract for a permanent position and started in the research department for highly automated driving. In almost 5 years of research, I was able to work on a wide variety of projects – from a one-man software project to entire vehicle projects. The absolute highlight of my professional career was – and still is – the project "Z33 - autonomous drifting on the racetrack". In 2013, together with two other engineers and a workshop team, we converted two vehicles in just under a year and developed a function so that they could not only drive autonomously on the race track, but also implement controlled drifting. During CES 2014, we then presented the prototypes in Las Vegas to journalists and the general public. It was an extremely intense year, full of ups and downs, but the successful evening with the journalists and the emotional reactions – everything from happy to anxious smiling – made up for everything.
After 5 years in research, I then switched to series development, or more exactly to integration and validation. First for two years in the field of chassis control systems and since 2018, I’m part of the driver assistance team. Highly automated driving has been part of my professional career from the start and I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the road soon.