Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) expert and former U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) leader, Mike Schagrin, has joined McCain – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Swarco Group and leader in the supply of advanced intelligent transportation solutions.
Mr Schagrin has been signed up to provide overall leadership and direction to the company’s expanding CAV effort including McCain’s vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and intelligent infrastructure offerings for business, academic, and deployment activities.
Mr Schagrin spent nearly a decade as the program manager for Connected and Automated Vehicle Safety at the US DOT, leading major connected vehicle research initiatives and managing a budget that reached $40m per year.
it was there that he led the development and execution of the world’s largest real-world test bed for connected vehicle safety, and in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), developed and managed the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) research program that led to the decision to pursue mandating V2V technology in light vehicles.
He also created the ITS standards development program, to assure interoperability and uniform standards across the national intelligent transportation spectrum.
McCain’s chief operating officer Greg McKhann said: “Mike has been there at virtually every major point in the evolution of connected vehicle technology. Mike Schagrin represents our fifth gear.”
Mr Schagrin will help manage and expand McCain’s business and engineering relationships, while also be the company’s public CAV face participating in industry thought leadership, collaborating with academia and industry committees as well as overseeing pilot and real-world deployments.