E-Mobility, self-driving cars

Autonomous car technology is the next battleground in Silicon Valley

As of November 16, 2017 the California state has issued Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits to nearly 50 companies, many of which are also traditionel car manufacturers (VW, Mercedes, BMW, Nissan, Ford, Honda…) and suppliers, as well as the Internet powerhouses Google, Apple, Uber, etc., plus many start-ups. The heart of the E-Mobility, self-driving car development seems to be in Silicon Valley now.

“Leading E-Mobility, self-driving car talent is being valued at $10 million or even ‘tens of millions’ per employee. Start-ups working on E-Mobility, self-driving car technology are scoring sky-high valuations and being acquired for major sums. GM bought E-Mobility, self-driving car tech start-up Cruise Automation for $1 billion last year.”
Greentech Media Research

Furthermore, the E-Mobility, self-driving car technology is real:

  1. It is here; as Tesla has pushed a software update to its vehicles around the world. This has enabled sensors already on board the cars to allow for so-called autonomous driving. Other car manufacturers have announced similar moves to happen soon.
  2. They are superior drivers; a computer is simply a better driver than a human. Many might not like this but it is a proven fact.
  3. It is changing everything; the economic and safety effects will be staggering. The next step after making driverless cars legal will be making them mandatory.

In Switzerland, we see many Tesla cars on the road as it is a prime market for them. And smart driving technology for Mercedes has also been developed here.

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Introduction to latest E-Mobility, self-driving car innovations

Why are E-Mobility, self-driving cars safer than humans and what will the economic impact be when they become mandatory?

Siddhartha Arora

Smart driving car technology made in Switzerland

Felix Eberli, Department Head, Supercomputing System

Who shall be liable when autonomous vehicles crash?

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Zürich


Siddhartha Arora

Siddhartha Arora is presently working at the IBM Innovation Center in Zurich as a Senior Architect.

Siddhartha graduated from ETH Zurich's Management, Economics and Technology MAS program where his final assignment was focused on understanding the commercial drone industry.

Siddhartha has an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

Felix Eberli

Felix Eberli studierte von 1995 bis 1998 Mikroelektronik an der HTL in Brugg-Windisch und arbeitete anschliessend in der ASIC Entwicklung

für Hörgeräte bei der Phonak AG.

Seit 2002 ist er bei Supercomputing Systems AG (SCS) tätig, wo er als Department Head die Abteilung Embedded & Automotive leitet.

SCS entwickelt im Kundenauftrag für Kunden aus unterschiedlichen Industriesektoren innovative Lösungen im Bereich Hardware, Firmware und Software.

Chris Heiser

Chris Heiser is the co-founder and CEO of Renovo, leading the company’s development of software platforms to accelerate the innovation and adoption of automated mobility on-demand (AMoD) systems.

In addition to serving as a founding advisor of San Francisco’s Self Racing Cars Series, Chris is a die-hard gearhead with a passion for motorsports, engineering and technology.

He was previously the Director of Product Management at LightSurf—pioneer of the camera phone—before the company was acquired by Verisign.

Heiser graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick is a partner at Baker & McKenzie and admitted to the bars of Switzerland and New York.

He graduated from the University of Zurich (lic. iur, Dr. iur.) and Yale Law School (LL.M., J.S.D).

After practicing with Baker & McKenzie in Taipei and Chicago, he in 1997 returned to Baker & McKenzie in Zurich and became a partner in 2001.

Joachim specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration and has acted as party counsel in various Swiss and international arbitration proceedings under Swiss, ICC, ad hoc and other arbitration rules.

He regularly represents clients in liability disputes and advises in litigeous and non-litigeous insurance/reinsurance matters.

He heads the Swiss insurance practice of Baker & McKenzie and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Financial Services Practice of Baker & McKenzie.

He was named leading attorney in insurance and reinsurance matters by specialized publications.

In addition to being a practicing lawyer, he regularly teaches as professor of law (Titularprofessor) at the University of Zurich and is a lecturer in a number of graduate programs.

Timothy Papandreou

Timothy lives and breathes sustainable mobility with nearly 20 years of public and private local, regional, state and federal transportation planning, design, project delivery and operations experience in the United States and Australia.

Proven track record to think big, join the dots, solve problems and deliver results through leverage, teamwork, collaboration and lots of fun!

Education: BS Applied Science Urban Regional Planning Royal Melbourne Institute Technology, MA Urban Transportation Planning UCLA

Erich Smidt

Erich has over 20 years of experience working with remote sensing instrumentation in the aerospace, meteorological and mining industries. He has worked for Teledyne, Trimble, and Leica Geosystems and joined Velodyne in 2015 to lead operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Velodyne Europe GmbH is based in Frankfurt, and hiring applications engineers to support their work in the European Automotive sector.

Nilson Kufus

Co-founder and CEO Nilson has obtained a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University College Maastricht, where he came up with the idea for Nomoko’s technology.

Previously, he studied Mathematics at ETH Zurich and was a Swiss champion in figure skating during his time as a professional athlete.

Owing to his educational background and his international business experience, Nilson has turned his ambitious vision into a successful Swiss startup and has forged connections with leaders of the industry from all over the world.


Nomoko is a Zurich-based start up with a subsidiary in Luxembourg, founded in June 2015 by Nilson Kufus, Vincent Pedrini and Kevin Mersch.

We build a platform where you can interact with the digital version of the world and build solutions rooted in reality.

The base of our platform is built on top of our core technology: we have developed a gigapixel camera and a distributed 3D modelling pipeline that allows us to capture entire cities in subcentimeter detail and generate realistic 3D models at unprecedented speed and scale.

The platform will be open to 3rd party data providers and developers in order to allow solutions being built on top of it. Currently, there are 22 Nomokians employed at the HQ in Zurich.

Nomoko has won the “ZKB Pionierpreis” in 2016 and has been ranked many times as one of the most promising new companies in Switzerland.

Dr. Ing. Satya-Lekh Proag

Satya is currently working as Business Developer and Urban Mobility Specialist at Parquery AG.

Satya worked for five years on the urban mobility plans of the City Council of Paris, specifically on policies to curb urban pollution. He holds an MSc in Engineering from ENSTA ParisTech and a PhD in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


Parquery AG is an official spin-off from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Their innovative computer vision and deep learning algorithms built in-house analyse any image from any already-installed camera to provide real-time information to customers. No additional infrastructure is therefore required. Since its creation in 2014, Parquery’s smart parking solution is operating in more than 45 projects in 20 countries worldwide to provide real-time results on both parking occupancy and exact parking duration. Parquery is now developing new object detection algorithms to answer requests for fuel station management, warehouse stock optimisation or people counting for instance.