Jim R. Keller is a Senior Manager and Chief Engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA), overseeing the Automobile Technology Research Division. Keller joined Honda in 1990 as a vehicle safety engineer and launched the Safety & Crashworthiness Development group at the HRA Ohio Center.
Early in his career with Honda, Keller led the safety development of the ‘93 Honda Civic Coupe and ‘94 Accord Wagon, and the ‘97 Acura CL. In 1997 he transferred to Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Tochigi, Japan for a two-year assignment. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1999, Keller helped established a new HRA research office in Detroit, Michigan.
Keller is a Director on SAE International’s Board and past chair of the Motor Vehicle Council. He also serves as Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and is a Board Member of the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC). Currently, the bulk of Honda’s North American connected vehicle research activity, through partnerships such as the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) and VIIC, has been centered in the HRA Detroit office. Keller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University.