An intelligent system for autonomous mobility, designed to work with cities

Our Vision

Coordinated autonomous vehicles that will dramatically reduce congestion and pollution by unclogging streets, supporting transit and offering a compelling alternative to private car ownership.

Our Mission

To enable a revolution in urban transport – An operating system that integrates autonomous vehicles with city data and transport infrastructure, helping people get where they want to go safely, quickly, affordably and conveniently.
aiPod Team

Team

Our team has a proven track record, with experience building autonomous systems on Earth and nearby planets.
Bill Gross

Bill Gross

Executive Chairman

Bill Gross

Bill Gross

Executive Chairman

  • Founder/CEO Idealab
  • Created > 100 companies, 45 IPOs / Acquisitions, 7 x $1B+ exits
  • Caltech, BS Mechanical Engineering
Erik Antonsson

Erik Antonsson

President and CEO

Erik Antonsson

Erik Antonsson

President and CEO

  • CTO of Northrop Grumman, Director of Research
  • CTO of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Caltech Mechanical Engineer Professor
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Mechanical Engineering
Tori Cook

Tori Cook

Machine Learning Engineer

Tori Cook

Tori Cook

Machine Learning Engineer

  • UC Berkeley, BS Applied Math
Steve Gledden

Steve Gledden

CRO

Steve Gledden

Steve Gledden

CRO

  • Investor, Executive Chair Scale-ups
  • McKinsey, Citysearch, Idealab, Many startups
  • University of Melbourne, BS Chemistry
  • University of Oxford, MBA
Mark Goodstein

Mark Goodstein

Head of Partnerships

Mark Goodstein

Mark Goodstein

Head of Partnerships

  • Startups: Idealab, Intranets.com, GoTo.com, FasTV, X1 Technologies, Scoutables, others
  • Public/Private Partnerships: Automotive X Prize, Cleantech Los Angeles, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing
  • Innovation Institute
  • University of Chicago, BA History
Peter Haderlein

Peter Haderlein

IP Manager

Peter Haderlein

Peter Haderlein

IP Manager

  • Aerovironment, eSolar, APIUM Swarm Robotics
  • Caltech, BS Mechanical Engineering
  • USC, MS Green Technologies
  • Patent Agent
Erick Herring

Erick Herring

Head of Engineering

Erick Herring

Erick Herring

Head of Engineering

  • CTO: Vynyl, Privlo, Local Corporation, Feedback.com, WebVisible, Adapt Technologies
  • CSO: Digital Evolution/SOA.com, Zenith Insurance
  • Advisor: X Prize Foundation, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena Heritage
  • Other: Toyota, NeXT Computer (Professional Systems A/S), Danish Technology Institute, Aalborg University Library Los Angeles CTO Forum
  • Regents College, B.Sc. Computer Science
Kate Jack

Kate Jack

Head of UK Operations

Kate Jack

Kate Jack

Head of UK Operations

  • Orange, EE, France Telecom, Innogy Innovation UK
  • RWE holding senior roles in marketing, innovation, product development and delivery
  • University of Gloucestershire, BA (Honors) Environmental Planning
  • University of Natal, Post Graduate Diploma Marketing Communications
Kiran Jesudasan

Kiran Jesudasan

UX Researcher and Strategist

Kiran Jesudasan

Kiran Jesudasan

UX Researcher and Strategist

  • The Carlab, Volkswagen India, Research and Development
  • Art Center College of Design, MS Transportation Systems and Design
  • Curtin University, BA Product Design
Gregg Luconi

Gregg Luconi

Chief Mechanical

Gregg Luconi

Gregg Luconi

Chief Mechanical

  • Luconi Design, Engineer, Producer 20 products
  • Art Center College of Design, BS Industrial and Transportation Design
Carmen Luna

Carmen Luna

Operations Coordinator

Carmen Luna

Carmen Luna

Operations Coordinator

  • Punchcard, Inc., Idealab
  • Arizona State University, BS Political Science
Jose Paris

Jose Paris

European Program Director

Jose Paris

Jose Paris

European Program Director

  • Studio Head, Ford Advanced Design (London) 
  • Founder, watt-r, itMoves 
  • Imperial College (London), EMBA 
  • Art Center College of Design, BS Transportation Design
Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

Service Designer

Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

Service Designer

  • Mercedes Benz Research & Development North America, Transportation Management & Design
  • SCET, B.Arch
  • Art Center College of Design, MS Transportation Design
Mike Slack

Mike Slack

Chief Scientist

Mike Slack

Mike Slack

Chief Scientist

  • Senior engineering roles at BAE Systems, eSolar 
  • 15+ years integrating complex HW & SW systems
  • Academic positions at Stanford, Harvard, University of Texas, Western Michigan University, and University of Virginia
  • University of California, San Diego, PhD Mathematics
Chess Stetson

Chess Stetson

Simulation

Chess Stetson

Chess Stetson

Simulation

  • Ph.D., Caltech, Computation and Neural Systems
  • AB, Harvard College, Physics
  • Assistant Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
  • Entrepreneur, specializing in revealing patterns in high-dimensional data
Geoff Wardle

Geoff Wardle

Urban System Design

Geoff Wardle

Geoff Wardle

Urban System Design

  • Executive Director, Graduate Transportation Systems and Design, Art Center College of Design
  • Urban Systems Labs, Saab, Tatra, International Automotive Design
  • Royal College of Art, MDes Automotive Design
Max Zavodny

Maximilian Zavodny

Computer Vision Systems

Max Zavodny

Maximilian Zavodny

Computer Vision Systems

  • eSolar
  • University of Hawaii, MS Astronomy
  • Caltech, BS Physics

Advisors

Alan Easterling

Alan Easterling

Alan Easterling

Alan Easterling

Cpt. Crawford Alan Easterling III (Ret.) is a member of the Corporate Strategy Group at Northrop Grumman where he conducts strategic planning, supports the Corporate Policy Council, Corporate Technology Council, Strategic Development Council, and serves as corporate strategy liaison with the Mission Systems Sector. Before joining the Corporate Strategy Group, he was the director of Strategic Development for Advanced Programs and Technology (AP&T) at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Dean Florez

Dean Florez

Dean Florez

Dean Florez

Dean Florez was a California State Senator from the 16th Senate District from 2002 until the end of his second term in November 2010, when he was also California Senate Majority Leader. Florez was born and reared in the Central Valley and his mostly rural district stretched across 300 miles anchored by the city of Bakersfield in the south and the city of Fresno at its northern tip. He currently heads up the 20 Million Minds Foundation, seeking to drive down the rapidly growing cost of a college education by making electronic textbooks widely available.

Kent Kresa

Kent Kresa

Kent Kresa

Kent Kresa

Kent Kresa is Chairman of the Board MannKind Corp and Chairman Emeritus of Northrop Grumman Corporation, having previously served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kresa also served on the boards of General Motors Company, Avery Dennison Corporation (including as Chairman), and Fluor Corporation. Mr. Kresa has been a member of the Caltech board of Trustees since 1994, and he also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and universities. As a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he received a BS in 1959, an MS in 1961, and an EAA in 1966, all in aeronautics and astronautics.

Preston McAfee

Preston McAfee

Preston McAfee

Preston McAfee

Preston McAfee is an economist who has worked extensively in pricing, auctions, antitrust, business strategy, market design, computational advertising and machine learning applied to exchanges.  He left the faculty of Caltech to join Yahoo in 2007 as chief economist, moved to Google in 2012, joined Microsoft as chief economist in 2014, and retired from that role in 2018. He was awarded a Golden Goose award in 2014 for work done with colleague John McMillan that showed how auctions could be designed to improve government procurement and sales.  This theoretical and empirical research was used in the 1994-5 sales of spectrum by the FCC, which netted $20B for the government.  The auction design that emerged has been used around the world, in the sale of over $100B in spectrum.

Richard Murray

Richard Murray

Richard Murray

Richard Murray

Richard M. Murray is the Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from Caltech and UC Berkeley. Research in Dr. Murray's group is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Current projects include novel control system architectures, biomolecular feedback systems and networked control systems.  He was the faculty sponsor for Team Caltech, Caltech's entry in the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions in 2004, 2005 and 2007. 

S.M. Shahed

S.M. Shahed

S.M. Shahed

S.M. Shahed

S.M. Shahed has worked for 40 years in research, design and development of fuel economy improvement and emissions control technologies for diesel and gasoline engines for passenger car as well as heavy duty truck and equipment applications. His experience spans work in industry, in universities and at engineering services/consulting organizations, including running advanced engineering at Cummins and Southwest Research Institute and as corporate fellow at Honeywell Turbo, during which time he served as President of SAE International. 

Nate Young

Nate Young

Nate Young

Nate Young

Nate Young brings over 35 years of experience to his current role of Senior Vice President of Design & Ideation at Newell Brands, where he is responsible for creating design-driven value within the context of an 11 billion-dollar business. His strategic, creative leadership has been instrumental in developing and supporting many corporations and organizations throughout his career in product development, design education and the launch of two start-up companies. Young began his career in Automotive Design, focused on interior environments, automotive architecture and integrated technology with Prince Corporation and later Johnson Controls. He then moved on to design electric vehicles with Aptera, and served his alma mater, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as Chief Academic Officer and Executive Vice President.

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