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Nils Jaeger, currently President Region EMEA, Volvo Financial Services, has been appointed President of the new Volvo Group business area Volvo Autonomous Solutions. He will report to the Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt and be a member of the Group management team.  As the President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions, Jaeger will lead a new business area responsible for further accelerating the development, commercialization and sales of autonomous transport solutions from the Volvo Group. Autonomous transport solutions, based on self-driving and connectivity technologies are well-suited for applications where there is a need to move large volumes of goods and material on pre-defined routes, in repetitive flows. In such situations, autonomous transport solutions can create value for customers by contributing to improved flexibility, delivery precision and productivity. Born in 1969, Jaeger has served as President Region EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Volvo Financial Services since 2014. Before joining the Volvo Group he held several leading positions at John Deere. Send me Driverless Weekly Email “Nils Jaeger has extensive experience from working with total solutions for our customers. The Volvo Autonomous Solutions team will meet a growing demand and offer the best possible solutions to customers in such segments as mining, ports and transport between logistics centers, as a complement to today’s products and services,” said Lundstedt. Volvo Autonomous Solutions will constitute a new business area as of January 1, 2020, at which time Jaeger will take up the position as President and Head of Solutions. The recruitment process for his successor will now commence. Check out the latest autonomous vehicle industry jobs here.
Ford Motor Company is investing more than $1.45 billion in two southeast Michigan manufacturing facilities and adding 3,000 new jobs to strengthen its leadership in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion into electric and autonomous vehicles . Ford is investing approximately $750 million and adding 2,700 new direct jobs at its manufacturing facility in Wayne, Mich., during the next three years. Ford will install new equipment to support production of the all-new Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger as well as create a new modification center at the Wayne location. Employees at Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle, Bronco and Ranger modification center in Wayne will complete Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021, including installing the vehicles’ unique self-driving technology and unique purpose-built interiors. This will be the first center of its kind for Ford and will drive synergies with the company’s existing AV research functions in Dearborn and Detroit. At that same location, Bronco and Ranger will be modified for customers. Send me Driverless Weekly Email At Ford’s Dearborn manufacturing site, Ford will add 300 jobs and invest about $700 million to support production of new electrified variants of its F-150 truck, producing both a F-150 hybrid and fully electric F-150. Ford will also create a new operation in Dearborn where battery cells will be assembled into a battery pack for the F-150 hybrid and all-electric F-150. “At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today – including trucks and SUVs – while at the same time expanding our leadership into electric and autonomous vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Automotive. “As America’s No. 1 producer of automobiles, we are proud of our commitment to invest in manufacturing here in Michigan.” The company’s investments are supported by Ford’s strong partnership with the UAW, as well as with federal, state, county and local governments. "The UAW is proud of Ford’s commitment to manufacturing in the United States and in Michigan,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “This is a direct result of the 2019 collective bargaining process, providing additional jobs – and job security – for UAW members in Southeast Michigan.”    
Beep, a Florida-based autonomous mobility solutions company, has announced the appointment of Clayton Tino, Ph.D., as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Tino will focus his efforts on defining and managing Beep's product strategy and delivery. Tino has extensive technology experience in platform design and software development. Prior to joining Beep, he established and ran the Managed Cloud Platform organisation for Virtustream, an enterprise-class cloud service provider, taking responsibility for the development and operation of Virtustream's private cloud offering in partnership with Microsoft. "We are excited to have a leader of Clayton's caliber join our executive team," said Joe Moye, CEO of Beep. "His wealth of technical and leadership experience in product management, engineering for software architecture and development for cloud-based platforms will advance Beeps strategy to become the recognized leader of multi-passenger, electric, autonomous mobility managed services for both public and private deployments of first-mile/last-mile fleets in the U.S. market." Send me Driverless Weekly Email Tino earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he specialised in systems design and optimisation. His work focused on probabilistic modelling and stochastic optimisation for air traffic management applications. He also holds patents in both flight control systems and cloud platform management techniques. "I see tremendous opportunity for Beep in the autonomous mobility space and it is an honor to join this incredibly smart and passionate team," said Tino. "I'm looking forward to contributing to Beep's development and success by delivering technology solutions aligned to the company's vision to transform multi-passenger mobility and safety and advance the use of sustainable energy through deployment of autonomous transportation solutions." Beyond his time at Beep, Tino serves on the Georgia Institute of Technology Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council (AESAC) and served on the NASA Ad-Hoc Task Force on Big Data. Check out the latest autonomous vehicle industry jobs here.
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