Francois Guichard leads a small unit of three engineers and supervises the activities on legal aspects and technical regulations related to vehicle automation and vehicle connectivity.
He is the Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving focal point of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
He is the Secretary of: the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA), of the Group of Experts on the drafting of a legal instrument on automated vehicles in traffic (GoE on LIAV) and of the Informal Working Group on Intelligent Transport Systems (IWG on ITS).
Previously, he worked as line manager at Daimler AG, he advocated for the introduction of Advance Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) in the legislation (a relevant contribution for increasing road safety). Before that, he advised a number of Countries on their strategies to tackle environmental issues after having gained experience as a noise / GreenHouse Gas / pollutants emission testing engineer. He started his career as International Management Associate at Mercedes-Benz, gaining experience in Germany, South Africa and in the United States of America