Christian Schumacher

Vice President of Program Management Systems, Continental AG

Level 2P as Enabler for Autonomous Driving under the aspects of validation and safeguarding

On the way to autonomous driving, the driver who is no longer available as a fallback represents a considerable obstacle. For the automotive industry, therefore, the question of how this leap can be mastered arises, taking market conditions into account. Level 2P systems could be an answer to this question. Such a system offers the driver significant added value, more safety and comfort thanks to a higher functional scope. The large number of Level 2P systems in use on the road would offer manufacturers and suppliers the opportunity to generate the critical amount of data to ensure a more efficient validation and safeguarding of higher levels of automation. Obviously we have to assume that in this case modular SW and HW components have to be developed. Level 2P systems can be set up from two sides. As a premium variant, which is already taking the Level 3 architectures into account and will realize the step to Level 3 in the future with software updates and possibly necessary additional sensors. On the other hand, there is the performance variant with a stronger focus on competition based on traditional ADAS systems. This presentation will focus on the first mentioned variant and its potential impact to the development of autonomous driving.


  • Since 2017 Vice President of Program Management Systems
  • Since 2015 Vice President of Customer Programs (Sales and Customer Project Management) in the Business Unit Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Regional head of the Business Unit ADAS for Continental Automotive Systems North America
  • Head of Systems & Technology North America
  • Engineering Manager ADAS and ContiGuard for Continental Automotive Systems, managing software engineering supporting all core EBS software activities in North America
  • Responsible for Electronic Brake Systems (EBS) software algorithm development supporting all North American Ford applications including the introduction of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Over Stability Control
  • ITT Automotive Brake Systems in Control Strategy Engineering
  • In 1999, he moved to the United States to adapt and introduce the Continental ESC to the American market