Our Story

Locomation was founded in 2018 by a team of the world’s foremost experts on autonomous vehicles, robotics, and artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center and trucking industry leaders with deep knowledge and experience in every aspect of the trucking business.

The name Locomation is the convergence of locomotion and automation. It isn’t fixated on one single transport mode, but rather describes our grand vision: automation for anything that moves. We began our journey with middle mile freight automation, the most critical link in the supply chain and the one best suited to integrate human-guided autonomous technology. We’re creating capacity in a world that’s demanding more, faster every day. And from here, we plan to go everywhere autonomous transportation is needed.

We are motivated by the challenge of solving problems that have hindered the trucking industry for decades. Trucks transport more than 70% of the nation’s freight. E-commerce has sharply increased the need for freight trucking services. Demand is expected to grow 36% between 2020 and 2031.1 At a time when demand has never been stronger, persistent driver shortages create capacity constraints that force carriers to turn down orders.

Our Team

Few technical teams understand fully autonomous driving technology as well as we do. We’ve built autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence systems for dozens of applications. Our technical team is complemented by veterans of the trucking industry with deep knowledge of the industry’s challenges and connections to every major player in the trucking industry ecosystem.

Dr. Çetin Meriçli

Co-founder & CEO

Dr. Tekin Meriçli

Co-founder & CTO

Michael George

Co-founder & VP of Engineering

Venkataramanan Rajagopalan

Co-Founder & VP Autonomy

Prof. Dr. Alonzo Kelly

Co-founder & Chief Scientist

Jacqueline Foradori

Director of People Operations and Inclusion

Ray Russell

Hardware Principal

Phil Compton


Glynn Spangenberg

Chief Commercial Officer

Tom Kroswek

VP of Business Development & Strategy

Finch Fulton

VP of Policy and Strategy

James Murphy

VP of Government Affairs

Sean Rushton

Director of Communications

Michelle Chaka

Michelle Chaka

Director of Safety Assurance and Standards

Steve Kenner

Chief Product & Safety Officer

Ro Stoltzfoos

Ro Stoltzfoos

Director of Quality

Matt Lenhard

General Counsel 

Our Advisors

Anne Bonaparte


John Formisano


Tom Duterme


Jennifer Cuccaro


Drew Reynolds


Gus Carlson


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