City friendly mobility as a service An on-demand city-integrated urban autonomous transportation system

Our Vision

Dramatically reduce congestion and pollution by offering a compelling alternative to privately owned cars in crowded, urban environments

Our Mission

aiPod is introducing a revolutionary urban transportation service: a fleet of cooperative, automatically guided vehicles designed to complement a city's existing systems while offering individual passengers safe, affordable, and accessible point-to-point connections to social and economic opportunities

aiPod is a breakthrough transportation system

Safe for passengers, pedestrians, and property
Convenient, easy-to-call, enter, understand, and enjoy
Cost-efficient energy, operation, and maintenance 
Friendly integration with transportation planning and infrastructure

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
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
Jonathon Markowski

Jonathon Markowski

Transportation Research

Jonathon Markowski

Jonathon Markowski

Transportation Research

  • Carleton University School of Industrial Design BID
  • Art Center College of Design, MS candidate Transportation Systems & Design
Fred Namaan

Fred Naaman

Vehicle Designer

Fred Namaan

Fred Naaman

Vehicle Designer

  • Mazda, Mooney International
  • Art Center College of Design, BS Transportation Design
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
  • Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, B.Arch (Surat, India)
  • Art Center College of Design, MS Transportation Design
Richard Pelletier

Richard Pelletier

Head of Strategic Design

Richard Pelletier

Richard Pelletier

Head of Strategic Design

  • Ford Global Director, Advanced UX Design
  • Art Center College of Design Professor
  • BMW Designworks
  • Art Center College of Design, BS Industrial Design
Mike Slack

Mike Slack

Head of Engineering

Mike Slack

Mike Slack

Head of Engineering

  • 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
Marisa Wang

Marisa Wang

Application Engineer

Marisa Wang

Marisa Wang

Application Engineer

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS Math and Comparative Media Studies
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.

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. 

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