Unleash Future Boats wins Dr. Bernd Rech as advi­so­ry board member

(press release) The engi­neer and sci­en­tist Dr. Bernd Rech was head of VW Group Research and Group Devel­op­ment for autonomous vehi­cles. As of now, he sup­ports the start-up Unleash Future Boats, which devel­ops emis­sion-free and autonomous­ly dri­ving boats on the Schlei. Dr. Rech will sup­port the com­pa­ny in the areas of sen­sor sys­tems, con­nect, patent strat­e­gy and series development.

Schleswig, 28 April 2021 - Envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly, autonomous­ly oper­at­ing ships for clean and sus­tain­able mobil­i­ty on the water. This is the vision of the com­pa­ny Unleash Future Boats from Schleswig. The found­ing cou­ple Ste­fanie and Lars Engel­hard devel­op boats that are elec­tri­cal­ly pow­ered by fuel cells and green hydro­gen. This makes them com­plete­ly emis­sion-free — for the air (car­bon diox­ide or nitro­gen), for the water (lubri­cants or diesel) and with regard to noise pollution.

The pro­to­type is under con­struc­tion and is expect­ed to be launched before the end of May 2021. From spring 2023, the first small fer­ries, the “Schlei­boote”, will use the water­way to con­nect the city of Schleswig with the UNESCO World Her­itage Site of Haithabu, a Viking muse­um, and oth­er loca­tions on the banks of the Schlei. In the near future, the tow­ing boats will also be avail­able “on demand”, so that pas­sen­gers can order them as water taxis via app.

Now the com­pa­ny is get­ting a promi­nent addi­tion: the two founders, who them­selves worked for many years in the auto­mo­tive indus­try in the areas of autonomous dri­ving and elec­tric dri­ves, have gained Dr. Bernd Rech as an advi­so­ry board member.

Dr. Rech is one of the most dis­tin­guished minds in the fields of autonomous dri­ving and con­nect­ed mobil­i­ty. From 1995 until the begin­ning of 2021, the elec­tri­cal engi­neer with a doc­tor­ate in engi­neer­ing shaped the devel­op­ment of con­nect­ed autonomous dri­ving at Volk­swa­gen AG. As Head of Net­worked Mobil­i­ty and Head of Sen­sor Sys­tems for Autonomous Vehi­cles, he not only devel­oped key inno­va­tions for the VW Group, but also brought them into series production.

Dr. Bernd Rech end­ed his man­age­ment duties in Feb­ru­ary 2021, but con­tin­ues to pro­vide sci­en­tif­ic advice to Volk­swa­gen AG. From now on, he will also sup­port the young found­ing team of Unleash Future Boats as an advi­sor. He will sup­port and advise the com­pa­ny pri­mar­i­ly in the areas of sen­sor sys­tems for autonomous dri­ving, patent strat­e­gy, net­worked mobil­i­ty and the suit­abil­i­ty of devel­op­ments for series production.

“Dr. Bernd Rech has been qua­si opti­mal­ly trained through his work at VW to now help us suc­cess­ful­ly estab­lish Unleash Future Boats in the mar­ket,” Lars Engel­hard is pleased to say.

“We are plan­ning a tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer from auto­mo­tive to mar­itime mobil­i­ty and thus want to change ship­ping in the long term,” explains Ste­fanie Engel­hard. “Dr. Bernd Rech is the ide­al part­ner for this.”

“Autonomous dri­ving also has enor­mous poten­tial for mar­itime mobil­i­ty. When I got to know Unleash Future Boats, I was imme­di­ate­ly impressed by the inno­v­a­tive team with its strong imple­men­ta­tion skills. The top­ic is high­ly inno­v­a­tive and extreme­ly promis­ing. At Unleash Future Boats I can bring in all my expe­ri­ence and at the same time com­bine this with my new hob­by, sail­ing. I am look­ing for­ward to my new task!”, says Dr. Bernd Rech.

The con­cept of Unleash Future Boats is already rec­og­nized by the UN as a sus­tain­abil­i­ty project. Pol­i­tics and busi­ness also sup­port the start-up. The Port of Duis­burg as well as the Lübeck Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­ter and the Lübeck Cham­ber of Com­merce and Indus­try have also includ­ed Unleash Future Boats in their accel­er­a­tor pro­grams. Var­i­ous regions and metrop­o­lis­es at home and abroad would like to use the tug­boats in the near future and have made inquiries to the company.

Press con­tact

Agency for mar­ket­ing and communication
— on behalf of Unleash Futures Boats -
Ste­fanie Karkheck
Obere Lin­den­straße 12 — 21521 Wohltorf
+49 171–2126829 - presse.boats@unleash-future.com