Before joining Volkswagen, he worked for Ford Research and Advanced Engineering in Aachen and Visteon Automotive Systems in Cologne, Germany.
Aria has been actively involved in several external projects: Between 2008 and 2013 he was coordinator of two leading European projects in the area of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS):
- euroFOT, the first European large-scale field operational test for studying the benefit of ADAS on traffic safety and efficiency, and;
- interactIVe, which dealt with the development of the next generation of ADAS that autonomously brakes and steers to avoid vehicle collisions.
Aria Etemad currently leads AdaptIVe, a large-scale European project for developing Automated Driving Applications & Technologies.