As it prepares to launch what it says will be “the world’s first commercial autonomous vehicle (AV) mobility-on-demand system” next year, self-driving software developer nuTonomy has announced the appointment of Gretchen Effgen in a new role as Vice President of Partnerships.
Effgen’s credentials and previous experience in roles combining cars, technology and transportation are likely to enhance nuTonomy’s efforts as it works to provide on-demand access to self-driving vehicles.
She joins the company from CivicSmart, where she created partnerships to optimise smart parking solutions and urban mobility. Prior to that, she held senior executive positions at Zipcar, where she worked on partnerships with a number of car manufacturers.
In her role, Effgen will report directly to nuTonomy’s CEO and co-founder, Karl Iagnemma, as she shapes and drives the company’s global partnership strategy.
Commenting on her appointment, Iagnemma said: “We are thrilled to welcome Gretchen as an integral part of nuTonomy’s executive leadership team.
“In addition to her extensive knowledge of the intersection of urbanization and transportation, she has an impressive track record in forging effective relationships among the world’s most-respected automobile, transportation and technology companies. Gretchen will play a key role in accelerating nuTonomy’s development in the U.S. and around the world.”
“nuTonomy’s leadership in the AV industry is unmatched, and I am honored to join its talented executive team,” said Effgen.
“I look forward to identifying growth opportunities for nuTonomy through creative partnerships, while further enhancing the company’s strong leadership position in the rapidly-developing global autonomous transportation industry.”
Effgen is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization and regularly offers her insights on transport, urbanisation, the sharing economy and smart cities as a panellist and keynote speaker.
In recent months, as it accelerates its autonomous driving efforts, nuTonomy has begun testing its self-driving electric cars on the streets of Boston.
It is also trialling self-driving cars in Singapore, where it formed a partnership with ride-hailing app Grab last year to support the expansion of its public trial.