Lyft hires former USDOT official to lead AV safety efforts

Lyft has hired John Maddox, the former CEO of autonomous vehicle (AV) research institution the American Center for Mobility (ACM), as the company’s first senior director of autonomous safety and compliance. In that role, Maddox will head up the new Office of Autonomous Safety and Compliance, which Lyft described as an “independent safety assurance ‘gateway’ for our AV program.”

Maddox left ACM in August after leading the organization since 2016. Maddox had previously been an associate administrator of vehicle safety research at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

“I’ve dedicated my career to advancing safe mobility technologies. 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 said in a statement.