Volvo Cars has appointed Ödgärd Andersson as the new chief executive of its autonomous drive software development company, Zenseact.
Andersson, who is currently chief digital officer at Volvo Cars, will take up the new role on 1 November. Zenseact was formed recently as a new entity wholly owned by Volvo Cars, following the split-up of Volvo Cars’ joint venture company with Veoneer.
Zenseact will focus on the development of autonomous drive and active safety software. It employs around 600 people and has offices in Gothenburg, Sweden and Shanghai, China.
Before her role as chief digital officer, Andersson was responsible for software development at Volvo Cars, including autonomous drive.
“Autonomous drive is the engineering challenge of the century and we’re facing it head-on,” said Andersson.
“Joining Zenseact at this time is exciting as we accelerate development and gear up to deliver software that will allow the first cars to safely drive themselves in a few years.”
Zenseact’s first delivery will be technology for Volvo Cars’ next generation modular scalable architecture, SPA 2, including the Highway Pilot, an unsupervised autonomous drive function for motorways.
Volvo Cars has also appointed Håkan Samuelsson, its chief executive, as new Chairman of the board of directors for Zenseact, in a move it said underlined the importance it places on the development of safe autonomous drive technology.
“Volvo Cars believes autonomous drive will revolutionise road safety and we are committed to introduce the technology in our next generation cars,” said Håkan Samuelsson.