Peter Sweatman

Dr. Sweatman was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Self-Driving Cars.

Peter Sweatman is Executive Advisor for the Connected and Automated Vehicle Business Unit of CAVita and has over 30 years of experience in transportation research and innovation, and the application of R&D. That experience encompasses vehicles, drivers, and infrastructure and impinges on technology, policy, and strategic planning. He is a trusted national voice on safety, ITS, transportation research and education, connected and automated vehicles, and freight technology and policy. His professional experience covers private industry, academia, and government. He has worked extensively in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.

Dr. Sweatman is a past chairman of the board of ITS America, and also served as founding chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He served on the U.S. Department of Transport’s ITS Advisory Committee, as well as a number of roles with the Society of Automotive Engineers. At Transportation Research Board, he chaired the recent EU-US Symposium Towards Road Transport Automation, and served on the Committee on National Research Frameworks: Application to Transportation. He is currently working with the industrial consortium Together for Safer Roads.

He served as Director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) from 2004 to 2015, and founded the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) in 2013. He currently serves as director of the MTC, and was responsible for the launch of Mcity on July 20, 2015: “the world’s coolest test facility” (Bloomberg). He also serves as executive advisor to the UM’s Data Science Initiative.

Sweatman holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne.