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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,...
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...
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...
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...
Autonomous vehicle positioning technology firm Swift Navigation has announced the appointment of Samir Kapoor as Executive Vice President of Engineering and Product. Kapoor has more than 20 years of experience in engineering organisations at leading firms. His most recent role was at Fitbit, prior to which he worked for ten years at Qualcomm, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. He also held leadership roles in...
Volkswagen of America has announced the appointment of Matthew Renna as Vice President of its North American Region (NAR)-G4, where he will manage the team behind the company’s modular manufacturing system for electric vehicles. In this role, he will be responsible for product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch and risk management throughout the system’s product line life cycles. Renna joins...
Paints and coatings manufacturer PPG has announced the appointment of Ranju Arya as senior business director of its new mobility team, leading the company’s efforts to develop and commercialise paint and coatings technologies for autonomous and electric vehicles. The company is developing paints and coatings to improve the visibility of vehicles and infrastructure to the LiDAR sensors used in autonomous driving systems, as well as...
Self-driving, electric vehicle developer Rivian has announced five appointments to its executive team, as the company prepares to launch its first premium electric adventure vehicles and services in 2020. Mark Vinnels has joined the company as Executive Director of Engineering and Vehicle Programs. He will be responsible for product development, engineering and program execution. He was previously the executive program director at...
Ride-sharing company Lyft has appointed Jon McNeill as its new Chief Operating Officer. He was previously President of Global Sales & Service at Tesla, where he led all customer-facing operations. McNeill has successfully started and run eight technology and retail companies, including the first national chain of automotive collision centers and multiple insurance-related businesses, according to Lyft. He began his career at Bain &...