Dr. Schöner has just retiredfromhisdevelopmentposition at Daimler AG in Sindelfingen.
Until March 2018 he was Senior Manager "Testing Concepts and Test Site" (RD/ASK) in Daimler‘s R&D Center "Assistance Systems, ActiveSafetyand Testing". In thisandformerpositions, he hasbeenresponsiblefordevelopment and supplyofmethodsfortesting and validationforfuturechassis and assistancesystems, includingautonomousdrivingfunctions. This includedmethodstoprovidereproducibletestingsituations on provinggroundswithautomaticallydrivencoordinatedvehicles, simulationmethods and provingfacilitiesforfunctiondevelopment and testing, and operationoftheDriving Simulation Center of Daimler AG.
Dr. Schöner played a keyrole in definingtheongoing German government-fundedresearchproject PEGASUS, whichhasthegoaltodefine „Howgoodisgoodenough? And howcanweprovethis?“ withrespecttothedrivingtaskof AV, http://www.pegasus-projekt.info/en/home.
Dr. Schöner (born 1956 in Düsseldorf) studiedElectrical Engineering at RWTH in Aachen (Germany) and holds also a degree „Master of Engineering“ ofPurdue University (Indiana, USA). He receivedhisdoctoratedegree in 1988 based on a thesis on methodsfor „Monitoring and Charge Control ofBatteries in Electric Vehicles“ from RWTH Aachen.
From 1989 to 2004 (from 1991 onasseniormanager) he worked in thefieldof„Actuatorsand Mechatronics“ aswellasnewautomotive power supplysystemsat Daimler Research in Frankfurt. Since 2004 he hasbeenheadingthedevelopmentoftestingmethodsforchassis and assistancesystemsaswellassettinguptestvehicles in Sindelfingen; from 2012 through 2017 he also was headoftheDriving Simulation Center of Daimler AG.