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Local Motors , the developer of self-driving shuttle Olli, has appointed transit industry veteran Nicholas Cole as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Cole will lead the company’s sales operations, with a focus on driving commercial adoption of its autonomous mobility products. Currently an industry consultant, Cole most recently led the expansion and transformation efforts for Avis Budget Group’s car-sharing network,...
Autonomous vehicles developer NAVYA has partnered with professional development provider INSAVALOR to offer and develop a range of training courses for those involved in autonomous vehicles. The initiative, “NAVYA ACADEMY by INSAVALOR”, will combine INSAVALOR’s expertise in continuous professional development with NAVYA’s autonomous vehicles know-how, to offer a range of training courses for people working in the...
As automation affects more and more industries, it’s reasonable to think that jobs traditionally done by humans will start to disappear, as workers are replaced with robots. But a recent report suggests that the opposite is actually true. It found that more employers than ever (87%) are planning to increase or maintain headcount in the next two years, as a result of automation. The report from ManpowerGroup, ‘Humans Wanted:...
Much has been made of the potential benefits of driverless vehicles and automated technologies – from improved mobility to better road safety. But there are also concerns about the impact self-driving vehicles could have on existing transportation jobs. Last year, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)  commissioned a report  on the subject, which found that the driverless vehicle...
Online learning provider Coursera has partnered with the University of Toronto to launch a course specialising in self-driving cars, designed for those with some engineering experience but limited formal training in self-driving technologies. The company said that the four-part specialisation would be the first of its kind to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge and engineering to make safe autonomous vehicles a reality....
LiDAR technology firm RoboSense  has appointed Dr. Leilei Shinohara as Vice President of R&D, tasked with growing and developing automotive grade mass production of RoboSense’s LiDAR products. Prior to joining RoboSense, Dr. Shinohara was Technical Lead, Asia OEMs at Valeo, where he was responsible for automotive LiDAR, safety, and sensors. He managed a team across six countries, responsible for developing systems,...
Self-driving vehicle developer Waymo has received approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to manufacture its vehicles in the state, leading to the potential creation of hundreds of self-driving jobs. “Thanks to our collaboration with MEDC, we’ll bring new job opportunities to the talented citizens of Southeast Michigan,” said Waymo in a statement announcing its plans. Waymo will begin by...
New research from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Detroit Mobility Lab (DML) has found that self-driving and electric cars will help to create more than 100,000 US mobility industry jobs in the next decade. However, demand for as many as 30,000 engineering graduates with degrees in computer-related subjects could significantly exceed the expected supply, exacerbating the industry’s existing talent shortage, warn the...
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...