Forster Tapped to Advise Israeli Machine Vision Startup

May 10, 2019 at 7:28 AM

Longtime industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster has joined the advisory board of VayaVision Sensing Ltd., an Israeli developer of autonomous vehicle software.

Founded in 2015, Tel Aviv-based VayaVision provides perception software that fuses data collected by cameras, lidar and radar used in automated vehicle systems. The company uses artificial intelligence and “upsampling” techniques to recognize and predict the movement of surrounding objects.

Forster has held top executive positions with BMW, Geely, General Motors, Tata, Volvo Cars and the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. during his 35-year career. He was a member of Volvo’s board of directors for the last five years before retiring earlier this year.

Forster spent 14 years with BMW, eventually becoming head of manufacturing, before leaving the carmaker in 2000. He was appointed head of GM’s Opel unit in 2001 and later headed GM Europe.

In 2011, Forster joined Tata Motors as Group CEO, responsible for the company’s Jaguar and Land Rover brands. He resigned less than two years later due to “unavoidable personal circumstances.”