Nikola Zahariev is leading the CTO teams in Sofia, Bulgaria, with focus on advanced technologies, like ADAS, new vehicle architectures and cloud. These multidisciplinary teams are part of the global CTO engineering footprint and work in close cooperation with their international counterparts, customers and suppliers. This unique mixture of advanced technologies allows the creation of innovative solutions in the area of autonomous, electric and connected vehicles. Nikola has more than 8 years of automotive industry experience, including positions in advanced research, project management, project acquisition and product development. He joined Visteon in January 2017 where he was initially involved in the product development for a next generation cockpit domain controller for a premium OEM before joining the CTO team in 2018. Previously, at Bosch Car Multimedia in Hildesheim/Germany, Nikola was a company-wide recognized expert in the area of Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communications, working closely with the corporate research departments developing innovative platform solutions in the area of vehicle connectivity. Additionally, Nikola was part of a global engineering team working on project acquisitions and product development for Telematics Control Units (TCU). Before joining Bosch, Nikola was working at NEC Europe Laboratories in Heidelberg/Germany where he was working on V2X stack development and was involved in many European and German publicly funded projects and field-operational tests (FOTs) related to V2X and cellular connectivity, participating in more than 30 field tests with OEMs and other project partners. During this time Nikola was also focusing on research work, co-authoring scientific papers and patent applications. From 2011 to 2016 Nikola was closely involved in the standardization activities of the Car-to-Car Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) and was involved in the initial standardization efforts of Cellular V2X (C-V2X). Nikola holds a Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Dipl.-Ing.) from the University of Bremen, Germany.