Cavnue, the master developer of an autonomous corridor being planned along Michigan Avenue from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor, today announced the appointment of a co-founder and CEO. Planning efforts are underway and are expected to be completed in 2022.
Tyler Duvall, the new CEO of Cavnue, is a nationally recognized leader in transportation infrastructure and was previously CEO of SH 130 Concession Co., where he oversaw the operation and maintenance of a 41-mile privately operated toll road between Austin and San Antonio.
Duvall also served as a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he worked for a decade and as the third highest ranking official at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Going forward, he will lead the Cavnue team as it designs the physical, digital, coordination, and operational infrastructure to accelerate and realize the full potential of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Additionally, Cavnue announced the hiring of Mark de la Vergne as director of the company’s Michigan office, which will be focused on designing the first fully dedicated connected and autonomous laneway in the United States along Michigan Avenue.
De la Vergne previously served as chief of mobility innovation for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Cavnue said it is actively building its national and local team and presence, and as part of this development, Cavnue’s Michigan office will be situated along the corridor, most likely in Detroit.
Cavnue, launched by New York-based Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP) earlier this year, believes the U.S. is on the cusp of the biggest transformation in transportation since the middle of the last century. Connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) corridors can reduce accidents, boost productivity, and expand opportunity, equity, and jobs by giving more people access to personal and shared mobility.
SIP’s investors are Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company and a world leader in technology; Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban innovation platform; and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a large institutional investorsin infrastructure. To deliver first-of-its-kind connected corridor technology, SIP founded Cavnue.
Cavnue is working in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corp, and the City of Detroit to create a 40-plus mile driverless vehicle corridor. The project was announced in August.
Other partners include the University of Michigan, Ford Motor Co., and the American Center for Mobility. While Cavnue launched its first CAV laneway project in Detroit — the birthplace of the American auto industry — Cavnue is looking to transform mobility in cities across the country and beyond. Duvall will be instrumental in leading Cavnue as it seeks to expand.
“I am thrilled to join the team at Cavnue as we partner with government, the mobility sector, and other private sector leaders to deploy tech-enabled infrastructure that makes public transit and roads safer, smarter, more resilient and more sustainable,” says Duvall. “The opportunity for substantial technology deployment into the world’s roadways has never been greater or more necessary.”
Duvall joins Cavnue as the company looks to Michigan as well as dedicated infrastructure and public transport projects across North America. As CEO, Tyler will lead these future projects to further establish the company as an innovator in transportation and mobility infrastructure.
“We founded Cavnue to build the future of roads and enhance quality of life for people across the country and around the world,” says Jonathan Winer, co-CEO and co-founder of SIP. “Tyler has a proven track record and has a deep understanding of what mobility needs to look like tomorrow. We can’t wait to see him lead Cavnue.”
Duvall, who led the George W. Bush Administration’s efforts to modernize transportation infrastructure through new procurement, technology, and financing approaches was responsible for developing and implementing other major policy initiatives in the areas of regulatory efficiency, congestion reduction, and accelerated capital project delivery across all modes of transportation.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington and Lee University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.