Achieve zero traffic collisions

Nauto is an AI technology company that’s improving the safety of commercial fleets today and the autonomous fleets of tomorrow

Achieve zero traffic collisions

Nauto is an AI technology company that’s improving the safety of commercial fleets today and the autonomous fleets of tomorrow

Our Mission

We founded Nauto in 2015 with a mission to help fleets achieve zero traffic collisions by making driving safer and smarter. Nauto’s intelligent driver safety system assesses how drivers interact with the vehicle and the road ahead to reduce distracted driving and prevent collisions. With this knowledge, Nauto is powering the development of self-driving technology that brings the best of human driving to autonomy.

Our journey

We believe that the path to autonomy and safe transportation begins today by helping and learning from real drivers. The roadmap below outlines our path to making this a reality.

Improve road safety today

Nauto’s intelligent driver safety system is being deployed by commercial fleets around the globe to reduce distracted driving and stop collisions at the source. As an AI-powered retrofit device, which combines dual-facing cameras, computer vision, and proprietary algorithms, Nauto assesses and understands how drivers interact with the vehicle and the road ahead to detect and coach high-risk driving behaviors in real-time.

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Protect our drivers and their privacy

Nauto only surfaces the safety insights that matter most to protect the privacy of commercial drivers. By deploying AI on the edge, we’re able to detect distracted driving and immediately coach drivers with in-cab notifications. Only a fraction of driving time — such as distractions or other high-risk events — is uploaded to the cloud, where it’s synthesized into actionable insights to enable fleet management and safety leaders to identify and coach high-risk drivers.

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Bring the best of human driving to autonomy

By learning from driving data in the aggregate, we can better understand real-world drivers to uncover trends, challenges, and edge cases across our network of fleets. Most importantly, this data can be used to model and train autonomous systems. Together, with our partners across the automotive, insurance, and municipal sectors, we’re working to drive the future of transportation forward one Nauto-powered vehicle at a time.

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Our Leadership Team

Stefan Heck

CEO and Founder

Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and Founder of Nauto. Prior to Nauto, Dr. Heck was a Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. Previously he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey and co-founded and led the Cleantech and Sustainability practice. Dr. Heck earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and Founder of Nauto. Prior to Nauto, Dr. Heck was a Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. Previously he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey and co-founded and led the Cleantech and Sustainability practice. Dr. Heck earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

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Jennifer Haroon

COO

Jennifer oversees company operations, including strategic planning, business development, data analytics and communications. Prior to Nauto, Jennifer spent nearly a decade at Google/Alphabet, including leading business operations for Waymo. Previously, she was a project leader at Boston Consulting Group, and before that, spent time in investment banking, where she began her career. Jennifer holds a B.S. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Jennifer oversees company operations, including strategic planning, business development, data analytics and communications. Prior to Nauto, Jennifer spent nearly a decade at Google/Alphabet, including leading business operations for Waymo. Previously, she was a project leader at Boston Consulting Group, and before that, spent time in investment banking, where she began her career. Jennifer holds a B.S. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

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Ruslan Belkin

CTO

Ruslan guides the architecture and the overall technology strategy of Nauto. Prior to Nauto, he has played key technical and executive roles in driving companies from early stages through their most critical growth phases, including IPOs and acquisitions. He was an early employee at LinkedIn and has gone on to lead engineering teams at Twitter and Salesforce.

Ruslan guides the architecture and the overall technology strategy of Nauto. Prior to Nauto, he has played key technical and executive roles in driving companies from early stages through their most critical growth phases, including IPOs and acquisitions. He was an early employee at LinkedIn and has gone on to lead engineering teams at Twitter and Salesforce.

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Phil Connolly

CFO

Phil oversees finance and IT at Nauto and brings over 30 years of domestic and international experience in operational and financial management, as well as executive leadership. Prior to Nauto, he served as Chief Financial Officer at AcademixDirect, Inc.; ITapp; newScale; and several other technology companies. Phil holds a BS in General Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point

Phil oversees finance and IT at Nauto and brings over 30 years of domestic and international experience in operational and financial management, as well as executive leadership. Prior to Nauto, he served as Chief Financial Officer at AcademixDirect, Inc.; ITapp; newScale; and several other technology companies. Phil holds a BS in General Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point

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Sanket Akerkar

SVP Fleets & Insurance

Sanket leads Nauto’s global business and expansion across North America, Europe and Japan. Prior to Nauto, Sanket spent 14 years at Microsoft in various senior leadership positions including VP Global Enterprise, Chief Evangelist (U.S.) and Managing Director of Microsoft India. Prior to Microsoft, Sanket spent 6 years at McKinsey as a consultant.

Sanket leads Nauto’s global business and expansion across North America, Europe and Japan. Prior to Nauto, Sanket spent 14 years at Microsoft in various senior leadership positions including VP Global Enterprise, Chief Evangelist (U.S.) and Managing Director of Microsoft India. Prior to Microsoft, Sanket spent 6 years at McKinsey as a consultant.

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Newfel Harrat

VP of Systems

Newfel leads Nauto’s hardware, firmware, and device software teams. Prior to Nauto, he led SW/FW/HW development teams at Analog Devices and Qualcomm across several geos. Previously, he built and led the teams that developed and mass produced Intel’s first branded Android smartphone. Newfel holds a BSEE from INELEC Algeria and an MSEE in Digital Signal Processing from UMass Lowell.

Newfel leads Nauto’s hardware, firmware, and device software teams. Prior to Nauto, he led SW/FW/HW development teams at Analog Devices and Qualcomm across several geos. Previously, he built and led the teams that developed and mass produced Intel’s first branded Android smartphone. Newfel holds a BSEE from INELEC Algeria and an MSEE in Digital Signal Processing from UMass Lowell.

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Shweta Shrivastava

VP of Product

Shweta overseas product and design for Nauto’s fleet, insurance, and automotive offerings. Prior to Nauto, she was the head of product management for Amazon Web Services, as well as various strategy and product management leadership roles at NetApp and Cisco, where she drove the productizing and launch of Cisco’s IoT platform for smart cities.

Shweta overseas product and design for Nauto’s fleet, insurance, and automotive offerings. Prior to Nauto, she was the head of product management for Amazon Web Services, as well as various strategy and product management leadership roles at NetApp and Cisco, where she drove the productizing and launch of Cisco’s IoT platform for smart cities.

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Mike Bringuel

Head of People & Culture

Mike leads the People Team at Nauto, and has over 30 years of Management & HR experience, most recently at PayPal and eBay, and previously at Amdahl Corporation (Fujitsu) and Xerox. He has a diverse professional background with global experience in Learning & Development, Culture Initiatives, Talent Attraction, and Employee Relations. Mike is a proud Silicon Valley native, and holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.

Mike leads the People Team at Nauto, and has over 30 years of Management & HR experience, most recently at PayPal and eBay, and previously at Amdahl Corporation (Fujitsu) and Xerox. He has a diverse professional background with global experience in Learning & Development, Culture Initiatives, Talent Attraction, and Employee Relations. Mike is a proud Silicon Valley native, and holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.

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Board and Advisors

Stefan Heck

Board Member
CEO and Founder
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Nauto

Karen C. Francis

Board Member
Board Director, Strategic Advisor, Investor
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Reid Hoffman

Board Member
Partner
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Greylock Partners

Bruce Leak

Board Member
Co-Founder
,
Playground Global

Michelle Lee

Board Member
Advisor, Former Chief Executive
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Digital Transformation Strategist

Shu Nyatta

Board Member
Investor
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SoftBank Investment Advisers

Rohit Makharia

Board Observer
Sr. Investment Manager
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GM Ventures

Q Motiwala

Board Observer
Managing Director
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Draper Nexus Venture Partners

Dr. Nazim Cetin

Board Observer
CEO
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Allianz X

Jim Adler

Advisor
Founding Managing Director
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Toyota AI Ventures

Marcus Behrendt

Advisor
Partner
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BMW Group

Rethinking Transportation Safety

Nauto is building a data platform for autonomous mobility that makes driving safer and fleets smarter.

Our Journey

Since our founding in April 2015, Nauto has asserted that the path to autonomy begins with helping and learning from real drivers. Since then, our Palo Alto based team has been working every day towards a common goal of transforming transportation and saving lives.  The roadmap below outlines our path to making this a reality.

Deploy our devices globally

Nauto’s after-market devices provide personalized feedback to fleets and their drivers, reducing collisions and saving lives worldwide.

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Collect powerful data

Using advanced computer vision and machine learning, each and every Nauto device is collecting data from the road and the world surrounding it. Our data is then aggregated and anonymized with respect to drivers and their privacy.

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Understand the world around us

By learning from our data in the aggregate, we can better understand how real people drive, uncovering trends, challenges, and edge cases across our network of fleets. Most importantly, this data can be used to model and train autonomous systems.

Power the autonomous solutions of tomorrow

Autonomous driving has the potential to save thousands of lives, revolutionize industries, and change the way we navigate the world. Together, with our partners across the automotive, insurance, and municipal sectors, we’re working to drive the future of transportation forward one Nauto powered vehicle at a time.

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