(Blacksburg, Va. – Sept. 12, 2022) Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, has named Dushyant Wadivkar as vice president of Torc System Design and Safety Engineering. He will work across Torc to effectively create, implement, and oversee a world-class system and safety engineering program.
Since 2005, Wadivkar has added intelligence to increasingly complex automotive systems, all of which have been safety critical. He joins Torc from Cruise, where he was responsible for technical product management, building an artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous vehicle (AV) stack, internal tools, and the development infrastructure for a fully driverless urban ride-hail application. His AV journey began with leading an engineering department at Bosch to deliver highway autonomy for passenger cars. Before AVs, he developed algorithms for chassis stability systems.
Wadivkar joins Torc as the co-chair of the Legal and Regulatory Safety Committee. He will shape and influence refinements of global vehicle-safety regulations that drive development of autonomous driving system (ADS)-equipped vehicle certification standards. He will also work to enable optimal system architecture for a commercially viable product and corresponding release strategies for driverless deployment.
In addition, Wadivkar will continue to develop Torc’s innovative systems and strong safety culture, which is a comprehensive approach to the safe development, testing, and deployment of ADS technology in Level 4 self-driving freight trucks. More information about the company’s safety philosophy can be found in the Torc Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment (VSSA) report.
“Saving lives is a key component of Torc’s mission,” said Wadivkar. “I’m excited to join Torc to continue ensuring system engineering rigor and safety principles are integrated into every facet of the organization, and all stages of development, testing, and deployment.”
About Torc Robotics
Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, a global leader and pioneer in trucking. Founded in 2005 at the birth of the self-driving vehicle revolution, Torc has 17 years of experience in pioneering safety-critical, self-driving applications. Torc offers a complete self-driving vehicle software and integration solution and is currently focusing on commercializing autonomous trucks for long-haul applications in the U.S. Torc operates test facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and an engineering office in Austin, Texas. Torc’s mission is saving lives with autonomous technology, which incorporates reducing highway deaths, enabling critical supplies – including medicines and foods – to reach every community in a timely manner, and helping the transportation industry increase fuel economy, uptime, and capacity.