Carol de Vries has more than 30 year of experience in the semiconductor and high tech industry. He joined PhotonDelta in 2019 , where he worked on setting up the PITC , technology support and the automotive program. Until 2019 he was General Manager of the High Temperature sensor business for automotive in Sensata. Before that he was the Vice President for R&D of the Automotive business unit of NXP after it became independent in 2006. During that period he helped set up various ADAS activities and was involved in multiple consortia. Prior to that he held various positions in Philips, a.o. general manager of an image sensor business, Operations manager of a semiconductor wafer fab and a number of other positions in R&D and new business development. He has an MSc in Plasma Physics from the Technical University of Eindhoven.
The automotive industry is going through a rapid transformation, driven by electrification, autonomous vehicles, driver support systems, as well as changes in mobility patterns and city infrastructure. The increased need for sensors in vehicles, in the electric/hybrid drivetrains and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) up to autonomous driving systems, creates new significant opportunities for the integrated photonics industry. PhotonDelta has created a roadmap that provides an overview of the different trends in the automotive sector and list the opportunities for integrated photonics technology. The roadmap was created together with various stakeholders from the industry and provides a deeper understanding of the various applications in which integrated photonics can play a role, with a strong focus on FMCW LiDAR and Fiber Bragg Grating interrogators.