Shauna McIntyre is the new CEO of US lidar startup Sense Photonics. McIntyre, who holds joint UK/US nationality, is a 25-year automotive industry veteran who most recently led Google’s automotive services program and Google Maps’ automotive programs. She previously was Chief of Staff for Google’s consumer electronics division, and has served on the Board of Directors of Lithia Motors since last April.
Sense Photonics last year opened a lidar technology design centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a $2.4m grant from Scottish Enterprise, building on expertise from Edinburgh University.
“The world needs autonomous delivery of goods and transportation of people today more than ever,” said McIntyre. “Vehicles, whether they’re robot delivery systems, cars, or trucks, require more effective data imaging systems. Sense’s high-performance perception technology has inherent advantages for vehicle systems: Delivering high-quality data to customers in a cost-effective way. I think we’re onto something big, and I’m thrilled to play a role in it.”
Sense Photonics co-founder Scott Burroughs, an expert in semiconductor laser component engineering and manufacturing who served as CEO since the company started in 2016, has moved to be president and chief innovation officer.