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60 seconds with: Bakhtiar Litkouhi, General Motors

Dr Litkouhi is a GM Technical Fellow and the Manager of Automated Driving and Vehicle Control Systems at General Motors Global Research and Development.  In addition to his current responsibilities, he is a board member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan, a member of the Board of Directors of the Waterloo Center for Automotive Research (WatCAR) and the Program Manager of GM-Carnegie Mellon University Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab.  Dr. Litkouhi has served as the program manager for several large scale projects in Automated and Intelligent Vehicle Systems, Human Machine Interface and Integrated Vehicle Control, where he has made numerous contributions through publications and presentations.  He is granted 58 patents with over 40 more pending.

Prior to joining GM, Dr Litkouhi was an assistant professor at Oakland University, Michigan.  He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Systems Science, specializing in Controls.  

Smithers Apex: How are customer expectations changing for IS applications in cars and what do you feel is driving these trends?

Bakhtiar Litkouhi: Viewing features is one of the areas that has received strong positive customer attention, and almost becoming the price of entry.  This trend is simply due to the great safety, convenience and cost effective value of such features.

Smithers Apex: What are GM’s main interests when looking at IS systems and applications?

Bakhtiar Litkouhi: Affordable increased capability, e.g., cost-viable high resolution, high dynamic range cameras with robust feature/function applications.

Smithers Apex: What are the biggest changes that you have seen in image sensors for the automotive sector in the past 12 months?

Bakhtiar Litkouhi: The explosive application of vision/camera systems in vehicles, proliferating into all makes and models (e.g., Rear Vision Camera) as well as new features (e.g., surround View).

Smithers Apex: What do you feel will be the biggest challenges to the market in the coming year?

Bakhtiar Litkouhi: Availability of automotive lidars offering superior performance that are cost effective and can be seamlessly integrated into vehicle exterior design.

Smithers Apex: What are you most looking forward to at the IS Auto Conference in April?

Bakhtiar Litkouhi: Learning what is being done to leapfrog the state of current sensing of driving environment, which have a clear path toward productionization (e.g., development of highly capable and production viable vision systems or lidars).

To hear more from Dr Bakhtiar Litkouhi from General Motors secure your place here to attend IS Auto in Cologne, Germany across the 26-27 April.