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Peloton Technology Inc.

Peloton saves lives and billions in fuel by linking active safety systems with vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communications on long haul trucks.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Menlo Park, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Peloton addresses the major pain points of trucking fleets - safety and fuel costs. We enable pairs of trucks to form close-following platoons on the open road using radar and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to link active safety systems between the trucks, dramatically reducing collision and fuel costs through accident avoidance and drafting. Peloton charges a few cents per linked mile and the savings enable a payback of 3-4months.


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    Joshua P Switkes

    Dr. Josh Switkes is founder and CEO of Peloton Technology. He has developed automotive safety and control systems at Stanford University, and for production vehicles at Volkswagen and Audi in Germany and the US, as well as at venture backed startups such as Tula Technology. He has also worked alongside world experts in human factors to explore how best to design these systems with the user in mind.

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    Dave Lyons
    VP Engineering

    Dave was the 12th employee and Director of Engineering at Tesla Motors, a Studio Head at IDEO and VP of Engineering at Glacier Bay developing energy efficiency technologies for trucking. He is currently an entrepreneur in residence at Claremont Creek Ventures, and previously at Accel Partners. Dave holds an MBA from Stanford GSB, MSME from Stanford, and an SBME from MIT. Dave has been working on this business concept since August 2010.

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    Steve Boyd
    VP External Affairs

    Steve has over 20 years of experience in government, public affairs, and business development. He is a founding board member of the Clean Economy Network and has held roles including Assistant Press Secretary in the Clinton White House, Producer/Reporter at the PBS NewsHour, Public Affairs Specialist at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Director of the Entrepreneur Center at the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

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    J. Christian Gerdes
    Chief Science Officer

    Chris has more than 20 years of vehicle safety and control experience in both research and production, starting with his PhD on automated vehicle control at UC Berkeley. At Freightliner trucks Chris was Project Leader for Vehicle Dynamics focusing on safety analysis of heavy vehicles, and he is now a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University.


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    Judy O'Brien