SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Autonomous car start-up Zoox said on Monday that former top U.S. safety regulator Mark Rosekind was joining the Silicon Valley company because it is chief safety innovation officer, underscoring the main element role regulation might within the nascent autonomous driving sector.
The hiring of Rosekind, the previous head with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is usually a major play for Zoox, which includes remained secretive about its plans and strategy, and a hire that shows value of regulation in how self-driving technology rolls out.
Zoox said Rosekind would lead the company's efforts to "safely develop, ensure that you deploy autonomous vehicles."
In a statement, Rosekind revealed that Zoox had "an integrated, full-system method to transforming mobility that could be unique round the autonomous vehicle landscape."
Zoox envisions fleets of autonomous vehicles in towns, cities, and it has launched a full-stack system comprising both software and hardware.
NHTSA under Rosekind issued voluntary guidelines for carmakers yet others while in the self-driving space last September for that technology behind self-driving cars.
In January, Gm Co (NYSE:GM) hired NHTSA's chief counsel, Paul Hemmersbaugh, to offer as policy director at GM having a focus on "transportation as being a service." Hemmersbaugh's resume describes him when the principal author with the NHTSA federal automated vehicles policy.
Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc has also hired several former top NHTSA officials as consultants, as well as to look at its Waymo self-driving car unit.
Another former NHTSA executive, Kevin Vincent, who had been Hemmersbaugh's predecessor in 2019, was named director of Regulatory and Safety Affairs at Faraday Future, a China-backed electric vehicle start-up.
(Additional reporting By David Shepardson; Editing by Alistair Bell) OLUSTECH Reuters US Online Report Technology News 20190403T161826+0000