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 Expert  724730

Expert in Automotive Electronics (Especially Cruise Control); Audi: R&D, Investigation, NHTSA

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California (CA)
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From 1983 he was working for Audi R&D reporting to Germany but stationed in the US. While he was covering the overall vehicle technology he was primarily concentrating on automotive electronics.

In 1986 when the Audi 5000 was the subject of elevated claims of Unintended Acceleration, he was charged with analyzing data and investigating the allegations and providing industry comparisons regarding the Cruise Control System; including vehicle inspections along with accident scene surveys. This provided him with in depth knowledge of various Cruise Control Systems used through out the industry. His responsibilities now included to assist Audi's legal teams with technical background and providing court room aids such as models and expert testimony. After the US assignment with Audi Germany ended per contract in 1990 he stayed in the US and opened his own Consulting Business utilizing his acquired expertise in automotive electronics, particularly the cruise control system. To date he has worked for almost every major car manufacturer in providing consultations, deposits and court room testimony.


automotive cruise control system


automotive engineering


interlock switch

A part of every Cruise Control System is some sort of Electro Mechanical Device which converts the electrical input to a mechanical adjustment of the throttle. These components are intimately joined and needed to be studied in conjunction.

electromechanical control system

When searching for solutions to prevent pedal miss application and aid the vehicle operator to avoid unintended acceleration Audi developed an Anti Shift Lock Device. One of his duties was to implement a working sample of this device in a vehicle and present it to NHTSA as a possible solution for the problem. Today every vehicle on the market equipped with an Automatic Transmission has one form of Shift Lock Device.

interlock switch

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Bakersfield, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Oxnard, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Automotive Electronics
Vehicle Engineering, Design, Development and Testing;...
Automotive Diagnostics
Embedded Systems, Communications, Sensors, Signal...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   MBS   Electrical Engineering   Techn. Fachhochschule Regensburg  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1978 to 1990


Audi AG


R & D


Technical Assistance Manager


Providing technical assistance between the US Market and Audis R&D Department in Germany

Publications and Patents Summary

Author of a major Audi publication/manual

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Meyers Publishing  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1986 to   NHTSA   Assistance   Development and Implementation of the Anti Shift Lock Device to minimize risk of unintended acceleration

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • General:Theoretical and Practical potency of electronic components and systems in the automotive environment as factors in product liability related incidents.
  • Specific:Analyze and study including testing alleged unintended acceleration scenarios as they apply to product liability.
  • Evaluate plaintiff's expert's allegations and theorieswith emphasis on electronic causations.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Accident and Vehicle Inspections; Analyzing Automotive Electronics; Observing Opponents Inspections; Consulting in FMA; Deposition Testimony; Trial Testimony, Fed and State;
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1978 to 1983   Germany   Research, Design and Test Engineer with Audi

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Fluent

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Negotiated Scope and Cost of Automotive Pre-Development Projects


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