Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, I was always interested in cars since I was a teenager. Cars are a common language that I share with my older brother. The reason I started liking cars was simply that I saw freedom and adventure in its world.
Now, my dream is to deliver environmentally sustainable and safe transportation options to countries across the world.
While I was in high school, I started to work for a used car shop and a car parts shop. After the while, I worked for OEM in Tokyo for almost a decade – my roles there were ranging from logistics/after-sales operation to marketing/corporate communication.
As a just ordinary employee who is passionate about a car, I had no practical/educational engineering experience before I came knocking on the Detroit Autonomous Vehicle Group (DAVG)’ meetup session in 2018 (both of my bachelor and master’s degrees are business).
While I have always respected smart engineering people who transform ideas to the real, I hesitated to interact with them…because they are simply smart! Yet, I clearly remembered that the learning needs surged up to me – as our society is changing to more technology-driven, every one of us needs to understand how technology works regardless of your role. For example, based on my experience, even when I was working on a new car launch or marketing planning, I believed I need to understand a product and its technology well.