As Vice President of Driver Assisted and Automated Driving at Bosch, the global engineering and technology company, Kay Stepper is one of the world’s leading figures on the development of self-driving cars.
The renowned industry expert is responsible for the product development of automotive driver assistance products and systems in North America. He has been closely involved the introduction of advanced driver-assistance systems, like adaptive cruise control, and pilot plans to deploy self-driving prototypes based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in San Jose, California, this year.
“If you find yourself in a traffic jam, why would the human be tasked with keeping the vehicle in the lane and at a safe distance from other cars? This is something machines are capable of today,” Stepper said in an interview with Digital Trends.
Stepper joined Bosh in 1996 and has held a series of engineering, research and business positions with company in the US and in Germany, including a previous role as Director of Driver Assistance Systems. He completed a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Technishe Universitat Berlin in 1999.