On-Demand Webinars: Power

How to Achieve Power Grid Separation in Autonomous Vehicle Topologies


As autonomous functionality grows within the automotive industry, vehicle architectures are becoming increasingly more complex. It is essential to have redundant and safe power management to ensure all critical devices are operational.

During this 30-minute Webinar, two experts in automotive controls technology discuss an approach to achieving power grid separation safely and reliably for autonomous vehicles.

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation.


Joe Vollmer, Sales Director, Eberspaecher Automotive Controls, North America

Joe Vollmer is responsible for the North American business of both the Automotive Controls and Climate Controls Divisions of Eberspaecher, where he works collaboratively with customers to develop and manufacture technologies that advance electrified and autonomous vehicles. With decades of experience in the automotive industry, Joe began his career as a Vehicle Validation Engineer at General Motors. From there he held both engineering and sales positions at Bosch and transitioned to Director of Sales and Government Affairs for Sturman Industries. He has experience in nearly every part of vehicle development including safety, electronics, and powertrain, and has focused on advancing technology that supports emissions reduction. Joe graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Patrick Fritz, Systems Engineer, Eberspaecher Automotive Controls, Germany

Patrick Fritz is a technical lead engineer within the Automotive Controls division of Eberspaecher, where he works collaboratively with customers and internal development teams to develop and manufacture technologies that advance electrified and autonomous vehicles. With more than five years of automotive industry experience, Patrick began his career at Eberspaecher Automotive Controls as a System Requirements Engineer. After taking on several projects, Patrick transitioned to the role of Technical Lead Engineer. He has experience with ECU platform projects and has focused on ECU safety switches, particularly for vehicle power architectures. Patrick graduated from the University of Esslingen with a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics and a master‘s degree in mechatronics/systems engineering.

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