European Commercial Vehicle Safety Award

European Commercial Vehicle Safety Award

Outstanding Engineering Achievements in the Field of Electronics

Nov 2017

At the second Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Berlin, Scania engineer Fredrich Claezon received the European Commercial Vehicle Safety Award. This year, the award was presented for the 28th time by the European Association for Accident Research and Analysis (EVU), the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and DEKRA for outstanding technical innovations or an outstanding lifetime achievement to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the furtherance of commercial vehicle safety.

“Fredrich Claezon receives the honor for his outstanding engineering achievements in the field of electronics, which have helped to significantly enhance the active and passive safety of commercial vehicles on the roads,” said Professor Egon-Christian von Glasner, President of the EVU, in his congratulatory speech. Fredrich Claezon was born in 1977. He studied computer sciences at Linköping University in Sweden, graduating with a Master of Science in 2006. In the same year, he began his career as an integration engineer at General Motors/Saab Automobile in Trollhättan, where he was responsible for the driving simulator. This role also included the preliminary development of functions for various intelligent advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as fatigue and inattention detectors, and simulation-based research into human–machine interfaces.

In 2008, Fredrich Claezon moved to Scania in Södertälje as a development engineer for safety systems, where he was also responsible for all airbag systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. In addition to this, he took on a preliminary development project for systems designed to detect pedestrians and cyclists. In 2011, he was appointed senior engineer and was responsible for developing the rollover airbag control system for commercial vehicle cabins and for introducing as a standard feature the MobilEye-based camera system, which is used for the active lane-keeping assistant and emergency braking system, and for which he defined the underlying principles and developed the associated software.

Many of the ADAS developed by Fredrich Claezon are already in series production. He is currently focused on autonomous driving for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. “Especially in the commercial vehicles sector, there has been enormous progress in terms of road safety over the past few decades,” said Clemens Klinke, member of the DEKRA SE Management Board and responsible for the Automotive business unit. This is demonstrated impressively by the accident statistics. “The introduction of active and passive safety systems has already helped to significantly reduce the number of accidents and will continue to play a key role in improving safety on our roads in the future,” said DVR Managing Director Christian Kellner in acknowledgment of the achievements of Fredrich Claezon.