Technology company Continental announced changes in engineering leadership for its ADAS and VED business units (BU) in their in-house R&D center Technical Center India (TCI). Praveen Kumar takes over as the Head of Engineering, VED BU and Jaidev Venkataraman takes over as the Head of Engineering – Sensorics, ADAS BU. They both have interchanged their respective roles.
Continental is at the forefront of developing safety-critical technologies. Praveen Kumar and Jaidev Venkataraman, with extensive R&D experience in ADAS and VED technologies, respectively, will play a critical role in enabling the holistic development of safety technologies from TCI for both global and local markets.
On the leadership changes, Latha Chembrakalam, Head of Technical Center India, said, “The cross-move of both Praveen and Jaidev will further strengthen Continental’s competence in developing advance and sophisticated safety technologies. Jaidev and Praveen have contributed immensely to their previous roles, enabling rapid and qualitative growth of the business units. Under their leadership, several global programs were successfully deployed, and many product innovations were achieved. For example, Praveen was instrumental in developing long range radar for premium passenger cars of Japanese OEMs, camera fusion systems, and vision perception solutions for the front facing camera. While Jaidev was responsible for motorcycle ABS application for Asia hub and establishing software development hub for global OEMs. In their new roles, I am confident that their diverse perspectives and expertise will contribute exceptionally to R&D practices from India.”
“We welcome Praveen to the VED team. His experience and expertise in safety systems would be a great asset for us and will contribute remarkably to our growth objectives. I also thank Jaidev under whose leadership the R&D competency and operations grew exponentially and many engineering innovations were attained including developing products for the local market needs including the one-channel ABS. We are in the business of protecting human lives, reducing on-road fatalities, and making roads safer for everyone, regardless of the market, technology, or vehicle class. We are expanding our VED business in India to support the upcoming safety legislation in the country, especially the 2-Wheeler space which is expected to grow substantially.” said Krishan Kohli, Head India Market – Hydraulic Brake Systems and Vehicle Dynamics BU.
Speaking on the occasion, Praveen Kumar, Head of Engineering, VED BU, Continental Automotive India, said, “VED business is crucial to Continental’s growth in India. Driven by government legislation and consumer awareness, safety products like ABS and ESC are in great demand in the country. I am excited for this next chapter in my career and look forward to continuing to contribute to Continental’s Vision Zero.
Assisted and automated driving is one of the primary growth areas for Continental. We’re developing these technologies with a view to zero crashes and zero fatalities on roads. Further, in the coming years, we expect mandates pertaining to ADAS technologies in India, which will be instrumental in driving the demand and enhancing safety standards. Continental is completely poised to fulfill these upcoming demands, and I look forward to contributing to the growing ADAS business in India.” said Jaidev Venkataraman, Head of Engineering – Sensorics, ADAS BU, Continental Automotive India.
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