Vehicle automation experts, urban mobility technologists, and business and legal executives.
Adrian Sussmann Managing Director
Adrian Sussmann has over 25 years of business and management experience. He has worked with Pierre Lefevre, Coast’s CTO for the past eight years. Apart from Coast, Sussmann is also the Managing Director of GP Sports Management, a boutique agency representing some of the world's top race car drivers in Formula 1, Formula E and IndyCar. Sussmann is a qualified chartered accountant, speaks fluent French and has a degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Urban Transportation from the University of Edinburgh, which included a year at the University of Pennsylvania.
Christian E. Dodd General Counsel
Christian Dodd is a seasoned attorney who is experienced in complex commercial and business litigation, intellectual property matters, government investigations, and electronic discovery and information governance issues. Along with serving as General Counsel for Coast, he is also the Legal Content and informatics Partner of Hickey Smith LLP. Christian previously practiced law in the large law firm environment as a Partner with Akerman LLP, and prior to that with Winston & Strawn. Christian’s experience covers a broad spectrum ranging from simple contract and B2B disputes to consolidated multi-district litigation and bet-the-company litigation. He has extensive experience managing the electronic discovery lifecycle in the context of both small- and large-scale litigation and government investigations. Christian received an undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology from Michigan State University and a law degree from UCLA.
David M. Hickey Managing Director
David M. Hickey is a business and legal executive who has spent most of his professional career at the cross-sections between business, technology, and the law. For more than 20 years, David has opened and managed offices in the US, UK and Asia. In addition to serving as the Managing Partner of Hickey Smith LLP, David Hickey serves on the board for a variety of companies, including companies in the transportation sector. Throughout his career, David has leveraged technology to design and implement process-based solutions to create efficiencies and reduce both systematic and asystematic risks. David received an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Georgetown University and a law degree from Stanford.
Pierre Lefevre Chief Technology Officer
Pierre Lefèvre has more than thirty years of automation, communications, and software development experience. At Coast, Pierre leads an elite team developing commercial-ready vehicle automation and remote supervision systems on various vehicle platforms. Operating self-driving shuttles in public demonstrations and pilots throughout Europe and the US since 2010, Pierre has demonstrated autonomous vehicle expertise by competing in the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge and going on to develop the first commercial driverless passenger vehicle.
Cyril Royere Robotics Chief
Cyril Royere holds a PhD in automation and signal processing. He has created multiple sensor fusion systems to automate vehicle object detection, decision making, and control. He has extensive knowledge developing remote supervisory systems. Before joining Coast as Robotics Chief, Cyril was head of robotics at Induct where he oversaw the development of the first fully self-driving shuttle. Prior to Induct, he was a project manager at the Livic Laboratory where he helped create a low-speed collision prevention system. Cyril has an advanced degree in Automation and Digital Signal Processing and a Doctorate in Systems Control from Compiègne Technology University.
Max Lefèvre Marketing & PR
Max Lefèvre began his career as a manager with Meca Passion as a racecar driver. He joined Induct in 2008 with a brief role for the commercial development of fleet management products in Europe and the United States. In 2010, Max served as Marketing Manager, where he led strategy and media relations and launched the first self-driving shuttle on the market.