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Following the departure last year of its CEO Tim Kentley-Klay, autonomous vehicle developer Zoox has announced the appointment of Aicha Evans as its new CEO and a member of its Board of Directors. Evans joins Zoox from 12 years at Intel, where she was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the firm’s transition from a PC-centric to a data-centric company. Before that, Evans was General Manager...
US consumer advocacy body Consumer Watchdog has issued a warning about what it calls the “revolving door” between government auto safety officials and autonomous vehicle manufacturers. The group is concerned that regular moves by senior government officials into the autonomous vehicles sector risk undercutting the public’s faith in industry regulation. Consumer Watchdog highlighted several examples of such moves,...
General Motors (GM) has appointed Dan Ammann as the new CEO of Cruise Automation , replacing co-founder Kyle Vogt, who has been named as the company’s president and chief technology officer. GM said that the appointments, effective from 1 January 2019, represented the next step towards its commercialisation of autonomous vehicle technology. “These appointments further demonstrate our commitment to transforming mobility...
Self-driving car developer Waymo has announced the appointment of its first Chief Safety Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, as it prepares to commercialise its services. The company has appointed Deborah Hersman, currently CEO and President of the National Safety Council, to the newly-created position of Chief Safety Officer. In this role, Hersman will be responsible for field and systems safety across Waymo’s testing...
A new report has warned that the UK faces a potentially chronic shortage of skilled workers, which could undermine its stated ambitions to become a global leader in the field of connected and autonomous vehicles. The analysis, published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and self-driving technology start-up StreetDrone, found that the switch to driverless cars will create 37,300 jobs in the UK by 2035, of which nearly...
TuSimple , a company developing autonomous driving solutions for the logistics industry, has announced that it plans to expand its testing facilities in Tucson, Arizona and create 500 new jobs to support its growing development program. The company, which has been testing its Level 4 autonomous trucks in the state for over a year, says the new jobs will be in a variety of fields, ranging from engineering and autonomous truck...
A report into the impact of automated vehicles on driving jobs, published earlier this month, suggests that a rise in automated vehicles will not displace significant numbers of truck driving jobs, but that their arrival will have some impact on passenger car driving jobs. The report, commissioned by the American Center for Mobility (ACM), led by Michigan State University (MSU) and supported by Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI),...
In a regular series of interviews, we speak to autonomous vehicle industry recruiters to find out what they're looking for in candidates, how their recruitment process typically works and what advice they’d give to those pursuing a career in autonomous and connected vehicles. In our latest Q&A, we caught up with Dr. Ryan Chin (CEO, above) and Dr. Albert Huang (CTO, pictured below) of Optimus Ride....
Autonomous deep learning simulation firm Cognata has announced the appointment of US-based Heikki Laine as Senior Director of Strategy and Policy, with a focus on autonomous vehicle safety. Laine will be responsible for executing on the company’s strategy for safety standards and regulations and for establishing strategic partnerships. "Safety and regulations will be a crucial determining factor in the smooth transition to...
In the first of a new series of interviews, we speak to autonomous vehicle industry recruiters to find out what they're looking for in candidates, how their recruitment process typically works and what advice they’d give to those pursuing a career in autonomous and connected vehicles. To kick off the series, we caught up with Pierre Bourgin, General Manager, North America for NAVYA. 1. Can you tell us a...
The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is to join a study looking at the impact of automated vehicles on the workforce .   TRI will contribute $75,000 to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) analysis of automated vehicles’ impact on driving-related jobs.   ACM’s study – titled ‘Preparing the Workforce for Automated Vehicles’ – is being conducted by Michigan State University in...
Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to open a new UK software, IT and engineering centre in Manchester to support its strategy of introducing connected technologies in future vehicles. As it works to create the next generation of software for connected cars, the company plans to recruit a small team of UK-based IT specialists, software engineers and developers to work at its new centre. The company needs to recruit digital and...