Ford Motor Co. has appointed John Lawler, formerly vice president of strategy, as CEO of the carmaker’s autonomous vehicles subsidiary.
Lawler (pictured) replaces Sherif Marakby, who is taking a personal leave. Ford did not indicate when Marakby might return.
Lawler’s previous assignment has been filled by David McClelland, formerly CEO of Ford Motor Credit Co. That position has been filled by Marion Harris, the immediate past head of Ford’s mobility operations.
Lawler joined Ford in 1990. His previous assignments at the carmaker include CEO of China operations and corporate controller.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.