Aicha Evans, CEO of self-driving startup Zoox, is becoming a member of us at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in simply two quick weeks.
Evans got here on board to Zoox earlier this yr following the surprising firing of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. On the time of the announcement, Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson advised TechCrunch he and the board of administrators believed “that to take the corporate by the subsequent stage and to scale the corporate, we thought discovering somebody with government and operational expertise could be useful to the corporate.”
That’s the place Evans got here in. Earlier than becoming a member of Zoox, Evans served as Intel’s chief technique officer. Evans spent 12 years at Intel, the place she was accountable for main the corporate’s transition from a PC-centric enterprise to a data-centric one. She additionally served as a common supervisor within the communication and units group. Her first day at Zoox was February 26.
In California, Zoox has a allow to take part within the state’s Autonomous Automobile Passenger Service pilot, which implies Zoox can transport passengers with a security driver behind the wheel, however not cost these passengers.
Zoox’s plan is to publicly deploy autonomous autos by 2020 within the type of its personal ride-hailing service. The vehicles themselves will likely be all-electric and absolutely autonomous.
Evans joins different notable audio system together with Will Smith and Ang Lee, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, Snap’s Evan Spiegel, and Marc Benioff. You possibly can try the agenda right here.
Hear extra about Zoox’s plan from the CEO herself at Disrupt SF. You possibly can snag your tickets right here.