Vienna, Austria, April 29, 2021 – TTTech Auto has expanded its management team in Europe and Asia with senior executives from Toyota, SAP and ETAS/Bosch. The three hires combine more than eight decades of professional experience within the automotive and software industry. They will help to provide forward-looking technology to support customers and partners in the industry’s journey towards a software-driven ecosystem. TTTech Auto’s recently announced car operating system (Car.OS) activities will play a central role in this endeavor.
“Safety-related functions are key use cases for the emerging software-defined car,” says Georg Kopetz, CEO TTTech Auto. “With MotionWise we provide a leading and series-proven safety software platform to accompany our customers and partners in the related industry transformation. The recent hires of leaders in their fields are strengthening strategic business areas and will help to set clear focus to further grow with the needs of our customers.”
Friedhelm Pickhard brings in 30 years of experience in different positions at Bosch Group where he was the responsible CEO of ETAS since 2010. In the newly created position of the Chief Growth Officer at TTTech Auto, he will be responsible for orchestrating the different organization units towards one goal:
“We aim to develop TTTech Auto to become the leading provider in the domain of automotive operating system components and software platforms,” says Friedhelm Pickhard, Chief Growth Officer at TTTech Auto. “The automotive industry transforms itself to become truly software-driven, not only in the powertrain domain but also and most important with respect to software to become truly software-driven organizations. With our vast experience in software platform design for safety systems, we can support our customers to manage this transformation effectively over the complete software life cycle.”
Former SAP Vice President Patrik Fiegl joins TTTech Auto as a Senior Vice President Strategic Product Management. As a 23-year business software veteran, he spent the last 14 years at SAP, during five of which he held the position of Vice President S/4HANA Product Management and Co-Innovation. In the newly created position at TTTech Auto, the experienced technology strategist will sharpen and evolve TTTech Auto’s solution in tight collaboration with its ecosystem and international client base.
“We see an increasing global demand for safety technology as the software complexity of modern vehicles constantly grows,” says Patrik Fiegl, Senior Vice President Strategic Product Management at TTTech Auto. “That is the right moment for TTTech Auto to show what it uniquely possesses to making autonomous driving a trustworthy reality.”
As Managing Director Automotive for Japan, Kenji Nishikawa, is responsible to closely connect the needs of Japanese OEMs and TTTech Auto’s technology. The former Chairman of AUTOSAR was at Toyota engaged in various roles for the development of automotive electronics systems and components for nearly 30 years. Thereof, he held the position of General Manager for 10 years, lately, he was the Project General Manager of E/E Architecture and Vehicle Network Development at Toyota.
“The Japanese automotive sector is among the largest and most developed worldwide,” says Kenji Nishikawa, Managing Director Automotive at TTTech Japan. “For some years, the market is opening up for international suppliers and software companies. I see a big potential in TTTech Auto products to add value and to integrate well into the advanced Japanese automotive industry.”
Since its foundation in 2018, TTTech Auto has grown to about 1,200 employees and relies on vast software engineering excellence. The most recent strategic expansions added development sites in Spain, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey to its global footprint and to complement its operation in Austria and Germany. Close relations with technical universities support the company‘s overall growth.
The flagship product of TTTech Auto is MotionWise, a series-proven software platform for automated driving, providing unique integration and real-time orchestration of applications, global scheduling logic and tools. Using the platform, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers can reduce their development, testing and validation complexity and ensure that essential safety and mission-criticality requirements can be met in both single and multi-SoC environments at reduced cost.