Lyft gets serious about self-driving safety with latest hire

Lyft has hired the company’s first senior director of autonomous safety and compliance in the form of John Maddox. Maddox, who founded the American Center for Mobility, has previously served as the associate administrator of vehicle safety research at the U.S. Department of Transportation. With the addition, Lyft aims to strengthen its newly formed autonomous vehicle safety and compliance department.

“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,” said Maddox.

Maddox’s position will oversee and assure the safety of Lyft’s self-driving cars, which they hope to launch in the near future. To further the self-driving car division, which was created in July of 2017, Lyft has teamed up with Drive.ai and Magna, an automotive industry supplier. Magna has also publicly invested $200m in Lyft, in exchange for equity stake.

“At Lyft, Maddox will lead an entire new division focused on safety and compliance within the companys policy, legal and self-driving operation efforts,” the company said.