Michael Ippoliti, MBA
Autonomous & Connected Vehicle Project Manager
“The future of transportation is 100-percent zero emissions, through electrification and alternative fuels. That change is a key part of autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility. The first three are technological shifts; the last is behavioral. My passion is to accelerate those changes and ensure they benefit the most people possible.”
In the world of four-wheel travel, Michael is a 21st-century Renaissance engineer. From a beginning in mechanical and human factors engineering, he created a path of his own, including a stint as the top Alfa Romeo car salesman in the United States; pivotal assignments as a co-designer of Volvo’s Safety Concept Car and a co-developer of Volvo’s award-winning, XC60 small SUV; authoring a chapter in a book about cybersecurity in commercial vehicles; and a role in the U.S. Army’s recently successful truck platooning demo across the Blue Water Bridge linking the U.S. and Canada. It was the first international demonstration of military and civilian trucks involving a fully autonomous and connected vehicle in a platoon.
At HDR, Michael researches how new technological applications will fundamentally change the way transportation systems, such as traffic management centers and regional mass transit, will operate over the decades ahead. He helps clients plan for, and adapt to, the ACES future of mobility.
Michael strives to work ahead of the curve on a zero-emissions future. Previously at CALSTART, an organization dedicated to the growth of a clean transportation industry, he managed a program funded by the California Energy Commission to build and test prototype zero-emission trucks. This multi-year, $32-million program had 10 separate teams demonstrating hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel cell technologies, deploying more than 20 prototype vehicles. Several of the trucks already have been commercialized and help reduce harmful diesel emissions today. Michael also co-authored a paper on the feasibility of zero-emission goods movement on the I-710 freeway in Southern California, a critical route for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Currently he also assists our power and energy group to develop electric-vehicle charging infrastructure programs, which align with research forecasting that EVs will be cost competitors with internal-combustion vehicles in less than a decade.