27 October 2021 | Leadership
Wayve appoints AV Expert Dan McCloskey as new VP of Hardware
Self-driving industry veteran, Dan McCloskey, joins Wayve as the new VP of Hardware. Bringing over 10 years of autonomous vehicle experience, he will lead the Hardware, Functional Safety and Systems Engineering teams at Wayve.
Wayve is pioneering a next-generation approach to self-driving, AV2.0, based on the latest advancements in computer vision and deep learning. Often depicted as an ‘end-to-end’ approach, Wayve is building a data-learned driver that encapsulates much of the function of today’s robotics architecture used widely in autonomous vehicles (AV) without the brittleness of rules-based decision-making. Having been part of the AV industry since its inception, Dan will lend his expertise and leadership to define the hardware strategy to accelerate AV2.0.
Throughout Dan’s career, he has developed novel high-performance wireless and sensor technologies and the team that designed them, from early prototypes to field usage. Working on Google’s Self-Driving Car Project/Waymo, he led a multi-disciplinary team developing advanced radars for L4 self-driving that guided all of Waymo’s vehicles, including the current Pacifica and iPace platforms. Most recently, he joined the autonomous delivery vehicle company Nuro to head up the hardware team. At Nuro, he grew the hardware team fivefold to support the successful field deployment of the Nuro R2 autonomous delivery robot and develop their scalable R3 sensor, compute and vehicle platforms.
Alex Kendall, CEO, Wayve says:
“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Dan to our team. With his deep hardware knowledge across the AV stack and invaluable industry experience, there is no one better suited to lead our Hardware organisation. Over the last four years, Wayve has pioneered the machine learning software to unlock autonomy and we have now earned the right to build out a world-class hardware platform to embody it in the real world. I’m excited to see Dan’s leadership drive us forward to design a market-ready autonomous vehicle, supporting our upcoming commercial last-mile delivery pilots and scaling autonomy worldwide.”
Dan McCloskey, VP of Hardware, Wayve, commented:
“I have been fortunate to be at the forefront of self-driving development and see AV technology evolve from early experiments to fielded deployments of passenger and goods delivery. In joining Wayve, I’m excited to be at the forefront of the next generation of this technology, as we apply advancements in deep learning and hardware technologies to improve the scalability and accessibility of this technology. I’m thrilled to build and be a leader on the team that can further deliver on the promise of this technology.”