Eric Schmidt studied Applied Physics at the Technical University Vienna/Austria. He began his professional career at Bosch as a software developer for Diesel engine control units in 1991 where he was involved in functional safety related development activities from the very beginning (e.g. the first implementation of the "3 level E-GAS concept") and later became leader of a development team. In 2003 he joined TTTech where he was the senior project manager for the FlexRay series introduction program and advanced to the position Director 'Lead Engineering & Safety'. He also contributes to several advanced automotive projects (e.g. electric drivetrain monitoring, safe electric motor control, advanced driver assistance platform) within TTTech Auto AG as a functional safety expert.