14. April 2021, 17:30 Bis 19:00

Founder & Investor Talk #64: Merging big rigs & AI - Building an autonomous trucking startup from scratch


The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders, investors, and innovators. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions.

Imagine seeing a large semi-truck on a highway, without a driver on board. As you pass it, you’ll think of it as being well tested, with every hardware and software component working perfectly. Then your car’s Bluetooth connection stops working again, for the third time this week. How can engineers build safe and reliable vehicles but not get your phone to work in the car? In this talk, Andreas Wendel will give insights into how to build an autonomous trucking startup from scratch, why it is all about systems engineering as opposed to individual hardware or software components, and how focusing on a narrow use case is essential to compete.


Andreas Wendel is the VP of Engineering at Kodiak Robotics, a Silicon Valley based startup focused on making autonomous long-haul trucking a reality. As one of Kodiak’s founding engineers, he has built the company’s engineering team from the ground up. Prior to joining Kodiak, Andreas was the Perception Tech Lead at Waymo, where he was part of the small team that launched the first driverless car on public roads. Andreas earned a PhD in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (sub auspiciis Praesidentis). He led the Aerial Vision Group working on autonomous visual navigation for quadcopters, he lectured at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, and he was a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. Andreas has received multiple national and international recognitions for his work, including being named Austria's Innovator of the Year.

TUW i²c

Founder & Investor Talk #64



1040 Wien



TUW Innovation Incubation Center - i²c
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