Leading the way forward.
Peloton is a hands-on team of innovators leading the automated vehicle revolution by bringing groundbreaking safety, efficiency and data intelligence to the trucking industry.
Dr. Josh Switkes
Founder and CEO
Josh has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 13 years. After his work at Stanford University on a variety of vehicle control systems, including guaranteeing safety for lanekeeping assistance and steering wheel haptic feedback, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology. Josh is also an avid (but amateur) race car driver, cyclist and marathon runner, and is improving his commercial vehicle driving every day.
Josh holds a PhD from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Dave Lyons has led the development of some of the worlds most advanced products and systems. As employee number 12 and Director of Engineering, he led the development of the powertrain for the Tesla Roadster and was the initial lead of the Tesla Model S. Throughout the 90’s Dave was studio head at IDEO, the world renowned design firm. Dave has also led engineering for a truck APU maker.
Dave holds an BSME from MIT, and an MSME and MBA from Stanford University.
Founder and VP External Affairs
Steve has built and managed organizations and initiatives in the private and public sectors for more than 20 years. He has served as an Assistant Press Secretary in the White House, a Producer at the PBS NewsHour, and in a range of roles in the technology sector, national political campaigns, and federal agencies. Steve was a co-founder of the Clean Economy Network (now merged with the Advanced Energy Economy association) and is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Trucking Association, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Steve holds a Biology/Environmental Science degree from Pennsylvania State University with minors in Economics and Political Science and studied International Business and Finance at the University of Manchester (UK).
Prof. Chris Gerdes
Founder, former Principal Scientist, currently USDOT Chief Innovation Officer
Chris is a world-renowned expert in vehicle dynamics and safety, and previously served as Peloton’s Principal Scientist. In January 2016, he joined the U.S. Department of Transportation in a newly created role as its first ever Chief Innovation Officer. He is on leave from Stanford, where he was the founding director of the Center for Automotive Research, which counts as its members key transportation industry players. Prior to joining Stanford, Chris was the project leader for vehicle dynamics for Freightliner trucks. At Stanford, Chris has developed several pioneering automated vehicles, including the autonomous race car Audi TTS, which famously climbed Pikes Peak. Chris’ work blends the rigor of safety critical systems, with the need to work well with the human driver.
Chris holds an BSME from UPenn, and a PhD from UC Berkeley.
Chuck has over 25 years experience in the development and management of innovative software technologies, as VP of Development at Oracle Corporation, VP Engineering at Active Reasoning, Inc. (acquired by Oracle), SVP at Hotjobs.com and, after the company’s acquisition by Yahoo, a Yahoo! SVP. Before Hotjobs.com, Chuck was cofounder or early employee at Lumenare’ Networks (acquired by Dell as Gale Technologies), Freegate (acquired by Tut Systems), and Broadvision (NASDAQ: BVSN).
Chuck’s background also includes 4 years at Sun Microsystems and 10 years at Digital Equipment Corporation. He holds 6 patents in software technologies, including fundamental patents in electronic commerce and automated infrastructure management.
VP Sales & Business Development
With a 25-year successful track record in both Fortune 100 and startup environments, Butch brings deep operating experience to navigate growth in strategic sales, client acquisition and partner alliances. Butch has led three startups, each with successful exits, including most recently Active Reasoning (sold to Oracle). Previously, Butch served at Siebel Systems where he was the Vice President & General Manager of Alliances and was responsible for worldwide alliances and partnership and channel strategy, including sourcing more than one-third of Siebel’s worldwide revenues across four continents through targeted, go-to-market strategies with Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, EDS, HP, Intel, IBM, Infosys, Microsoft, Sun, Tata & Wipro. He led partner integration as a key member of the core team that drove the acquisition of Siebel by Oracle in 2006. At EDS, Butch built three business units that delivered more than $3 billion, serving most recently as Division President of its Internet & Electronic Commerce business.
Butch holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University with continuing studies at Stanford University and University Of Chicago.
Board of Directors
Dr. Lawrence Burns
Lawrence “Larry” Burns is a mobility visionary and technical expert who previously served as General Motors’ Corporate Vice President for Research & Development and Planning.
Sec. Rodney Slater
Rodney Slater has served as Director of the Federal Highway Administration and United States Secretary of Transportation (1997–2001).
Mr. Lydon is the Managing Director at Intel Capital where he leads investments for Intel’s Internet of Things Group and manages Intel’s Connected Car Fund.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Eschenbach served as CTO for Trimble Navigation, and was the developer of the first commercial GPS receiver.