Lyft appoints autonomous vehicle safety and compliance director

Lyft has reinforced its commitment to autonomous vehicles by recruiting the founder of the American Center for Mobility (ACM), John Maddox, to join the company as its first Senior Director of AV Safety and Compliance.

Maddox will work on self-driving issues that impact the company’s policy and legal teams, with a particular focus on positioning Lyft as a safety leader in the development of autonomous vehicles.

He will also head up the company’s new Office of Autonomous Safety and Compliance, intended to function as an independent safety assurance ‘gateway’ for Lyft’s autonomous vehicle programme.

“I’ve dedicated my career to advancing safe mobility technologies,” said Maddox. “Joining Lyft is a continuation of that effort, and I’m excited to be part of such a talented and energized team that’s leading the way in redefining the automotive industry and future of transportation.”

Maddox has 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on safety and engineering. In his most recent role, he founded and led ACM, an initiative focused on speeding product development for automated and connected transportation systems.

He also spent four years at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he led vehicle safety research for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including formulating the body’s first safety programme for autonomous vehicles.