Waabi details key tech personnel signings

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Autonomous trucking technology developer Waabi has revealed some of the key engineering signings to have recently joined its engineering team. These include Eyal Cohen, head of hardware, who arrived at the company at the start of the year and was formerly director of engineering at Uber ATG, before which he worked in Apple’s Special Project Group.

Cohen has been joined by Jorah Wyer, Waabi’s hardware technical program manager. Wyer has over 20 years of industry experience in the industry having worked with a variety of startups and established companies. He has developed key technology for autonomous vehicle programs at Apple and Uber ATG. At Ike Robotics, he led the hardware team and helped develop a systems-safety strategy that has been widely adopted by the industry.

Another former Uber ATG team member is JD Wagner, now Waabi’s integration lead. Described as one of the breakout hardware engineers of the AV industry over the past 10 years, he has led integration efforts across vehicle programs with lauded hardware designs spanning passenger cars and trucking. At Uber ATG, he led integration on multiple production-level programs. His most recent role was at Aurora, where he led a large team integrating trucks. He brings to the team deep experience in sensor integration, mechanical design and robustness.

Finally, there is Paul Spriesterbach, system engineering lead, who has extensive experience in aerospace and with unmanned and autonomous vehicles. Spriesterbach has considerable expertise in autonomous vehicle verification and validation, honed at Uber ATG and Aurora.

“In my nearly 20 years as an engineer – including more than a decade in the autonomous vehicles industry – I have never been more energized about the future of self-driving vehicles than I am right now,” commented Cohen. “Waabi’s unique approach to hardware solves core challenges that have stalled the industry for more than a decade and truly offers a pathway to rapid and safe commercialization of self-driving trucks. I am thrilled to be joining the team as Waabi’s head of hardware and consider it the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside such incredible visionaries and technologists.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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