SAE International’s next Meetup to feature Altran Automotive and Motus Ventures

Discussion to focus on Validation of Autonomous Systems and Insights for New Ventures

Warrendale, PA, June 13, 2019SAE International announces a new Innovations in Mobility Meetup where industry experts will explore the validations for advanced autonomous and assistance systems and share advice for new ventures. On June 18, the Meetup will kick-off at 6:30pm and will be held at ProspectSV, located in San Jose, Calif.  
Presented by SAE – Innovations in Mobility, the Meetup will feature two presentations by Ralf Nikolaus, technical unit manager, Altran Automotive and Robert Seidl, managing director, Motus Ventures. Nikolaus will present on validating next generation Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and SAE-L3+ Autonomous Driving (AD) on a global scale, while Seidl will discuss the 80/20 Rule of new ventures and products, why many fail at the last mile and how to avoid making the same mistake.
“Our Meetups are quickly becoming a popular format to bring together current and prospective members to hear from some of the industry’s best and brightest minds,” said John Tintinalli, director of innovation, SAE International, “While this event is a tremendous opportunity to learn from industry experts, it’s also an excellent chance to network with peers.”
Nikolaus leads and coordinates all activities related to Altran’s VueForge® ADAS, paving the way for reliable and safe autonomous driving. His broad experience in ADAS began in 2009 with R&D and predevelopment projects. Since then he has successfully conducted multiple ADAS series development projects. In 2014 he began forming a transnational alliance between different Altran geographies and Altran partners to address the upcoming challenges of autonomous driving.
Seidl has started several software companies and has held engineering, marketing and executive leadership roles in well-known Silicon Valley enterprises like Apple and Adobe following acquisitions. In 1995, Seidl founded the company that built the first commercial, dedicated web-page editor and web-site management tool, PageMill. Since 2002, Seidl has managed Realtime Video Systems, a technology licensing company that provides U.S. drone vendors with video processing and object tracking software. He also cofounded an MDV/Accel/Emergence/Walden funded startup called which provides sales and marketing people at B2B companies with easy-to-use, real-time lead generation and nurturing tools.
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