Advanced Traffic Control
CAVita was formed in 2015 by Peter Sweatman and Abbas Mohaddes – two seasoned and highly respected ITS industry executives – on the premise that, now, more than ever, public and private companies, municipalities, and organizations need deep expertise to successfully navigate and take advantage of the opportunities presented by transportation’s evolution.
At A Glance
Today, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Econolite, CAVita leverages the over 150 cumulative years of executive-level experience on its team to give life to transformational technologies in transportation by providing world-class advisory services to public, private, and non-profit entities worldwide. Foremost amongst these technologies are:
Connected vehicles – in particular “V2X” technologies – which enable vehicles and infrastructure to communicate with each other and the cloud;
Automated vehicles, including technologies that enable the simplest of driver assistance features all the way to fully-automated “Level 5” – driverless vehicles.
CAVita further helps its clients prepare for the convergence of connected and automated vehicle technologies, which is inevitable as connected technologies are deployed in support of automated vehicle functions.
Connected & Automated Vehicle (CAV)
CAVita proudly offers three categories of services to our clients:
Strategic Business Planning
Systems Engineering & Deployment
Convening the Mobility and CAV Ecosystems
Mr. Mohaddes was appointed Econolite’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on June 8, 2022. Prior to that, he served Econolite as its President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) since January 2017 where he helped transform the organization into a premier and robust technology organization focused on Traffic management products and services.
Mr. Mohaddes has over 30 years of experience in the application of technology in transportation systems, including traffic management, communication, traveler information, systems integration, transit, and Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV). He is a recognized expert in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and has over 70 publications and presentations at industry organizations around the world.
After serving the City of Dallas, Texas as a Traffic Engineer, and several years of consulting practice, Mr. Mohaddes co-founded Meyer, Mohaddes Associates in 1991. This Los Angeles-based, firm focused on the application of technology in traffic management and systems planning, which later merged with Iteris, Inc. As the former CEO of Iteris, Mr. Mohaddes helped take the company public (AMEX:ITI, now NASDAQ:ITI) and led the transformation and substantial growth of the company into a software-based traffic management information technology organization through organic growth and acquisition.
Mr. Mohaddes is a founding member and former Chairman of ITS America, where in 2015, he was inducted to its hall of fame. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and a former member of its Executive Committee. For the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), Mr. Mohaddes is a former Chairman and member of its Board of Trustees. He is an Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Fellow as well as a member of the University of California Irvine, Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable. Mr. Mohaddes is a member of the Advisory Board for National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE). He is also serving as a member of the Board of Directors for ITS World Congress.
Mr. Mohaddes holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE). He also completed the Advanced Technical Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.
Kirk T. Steudle is Senior Vice President, Systems, for Econolite responsible for leading the Company’s Transportation Systems Group, including its subsidiary CAVita. Steudle reports directly to Econolite President & COO Abbas Mohaddes.
Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Steudle was director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, overseeing MDOT’s over $4.7 billion-dollar budget, and was responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of Michigan’s highways and more than 4,000 highway bridges at a department with 2,700 employees. He also oversaw administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects.
Mr. Steudle is a nationally recognized leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies (CAV), and is the former President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM). ACM is a purpose-built facility for testing, developing, and validating CAV vehicles at Willow Run Michigan airport. He was also the 2014-2015 Chair for the ITS America Board of Directors. He is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the USDOT. Mr. Steudle is a Past President of AASHTO and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the TRB Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB.
Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering. He also serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.
Barry Einsig is a Principal of CAVita, responsible for business development and execution of the strategic advisory programs. Einsig will work closely with Econolite President & COO and CAVita Principal Abbas Mohaddes, and CAVita Principal Peter Sweatman.
Einsig joins CAVita following six years with Cisco Systems, Inc., where he was an executive responsible for global automotive and transportation solution development. Einsig helped launch Cisco’s leading innovative solutions in several new markets, including connected and automated vehicle, rail, roadways, and mass transit.
Prior to Cisco Systems, Einsig was the Director of Transportation/Strategic Development for Harris Corp. (Washington D.C.) where he was one of the founding members of the Broadband team to lead the company into the LTE market. While at Harris, Einsig received a patent for the use of video over LTE networks.
He is a member of Singapore CARTS Committee focused on Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. He has worked globally with customers in all modes of transportation, including: Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Port of Hamburg, SFMTA, Transport For London, BNSF, WMATA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, TMR Australia, Metrolinx Toronto. Einsig is a published authority on ITS, infrastructure systems, and connected vehicle applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA).
Peter F. Sweatman, P.H.D.
Peter F. Sweatman, P.H.D.
Dr. Peter Sweatman is an affiliate principal of CAVita with 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 connected and automated vehicles, safety, ITS, transportation research and education, and freight technology and policy. He has worked extensively in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.
Dr. Sweatman is the former director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) (2004 – 2015), and the founder and former director of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) (2013 – 2016). MTC opened the unique test facility Mcity in July 2015 and has set the bar for safe, off-roadway testing of automated vehicles.
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 the 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 co-chairing the National Academies/TRB Forum on Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility, working with the global industrial consortium Together for Safer Roads, and is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.
Dr. Sweatman holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne (Australia) where he is an appointed International Enterprise Professor School of Engineering.
David St. Amant
David St. Amant
David St. Amant is an affiliate principal of CAVita and has over 30 years of experience in technology, much of it in the transportation industry. He is a former President and Chief Operating Officer at Econolite Group, Inc., headquartered in Anaheim, California. Econolite Group is the umbrella company of Econolite, Econolite Canada, Aegis ITS, Safetran, CAVita, and Arroyo Holdings de Mexico. Econolite has been a recognized leader, innovator, manufacturer, and service provider of transportation management solutions since the company’s inception in 1933.
Prior to joining Econolite Group, David held senior management and executive level sales and marketing positions at Avnet, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of electronic components. In 1990, he was named Vice President of Marketing for Time Electronics, an Avnet company. He would later be named Vice President, Supplier Business Management for Avnet/Silicon, the company’s $1.8 Billion semiconductor division.
In 2004 through 2005, David served as Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Transportation sector. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). He is one of the founding members and co-chair of the Mobility Transformation Center – University of Michigan Leadership Circle (MTC). He is a past member of the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2IDC) Executive Committee, and is a past chair of the ITS America Legislation Steering Committee. He has been an active member on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for Woodbury University, and is the most immediate past Chairman of the Board for Woodbury University.
Thomas E. Kern is an affiliate principal of CAVita with a career spanning three decades focused on innovation and change management. He recently completed his tenure as Managing Director for the National Operations Center of Excellence, having successfully led the Center into its second year in service to the transportation operations community. Tom previously served at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, first as its Executive Vice President for seven years and then as interim President in 2014/2015. While at ITS America, he oversaw the organizations operations and three successful World Congresses held in New York, Orlando, and Detroit.
In the early 2000s, Tom was the Director for Knowledge Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland at which he established its nationally recognized knowledge management and organizational learning initiative. Prior to the Casey Foundation, he served as Deputy Executive Vice President at the American Consulting Engineers Council, and Program Manager at American Management Systems. He started his career at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Tom earned a BS in Government at Georgetown University and an MSc in Public Administration at the London School of Economics and also did further graduate study at the University of Oxford. He has also served as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in the field of knowledge management and is actively involved in a number of community service organizations as a volunteer.
Gary Duncan is an affiliate principal of CAVita with more than 40 years’ engineering and management experience in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry.
Duncan has been actively involved in the development of a number of transportation industry standards including NEMA TS2, NTCIP, ATC and recently SAE’s J2735 DSRC Message Set standard. He serves and has served in an advisory role on ITS related research projects including the FHWA ACS Lite research, NCHRP 3-66 Traffic Signal State Transition Logic Using Enhanced Sensor Information and 20-07246 Observed Minimum Thresholds of LED Signals, and various Performance Measures research projects led by Purdue University’s Transportation Engineering School. Duncan also serves as a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Traffic Signal Systems Committee and is co-chair of the ITE Connected Vehicle Task Force and ATC Controller Working Group. Duncan is currently serving as a member of the advisory board of the University of Idaho’s National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology.
Prior to joining CAVita, Duncan was a member of the technical staff at TRW Defense Space Systems Group.
Duncan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Engineering of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
Our clients include industry leaders from around the globe
Transportation Research Board
Peter Sweatman, Ph.D. was appointed co-chair of the TRB Forum on Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility. This appointment followed CAVita’s engagement by TRB to develop a strategy for better integrating transformational technologies into TRB’s activities, and the preparation and publication of a TRB Circular entitled Transformational Technologies in Transportation.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
CAVita received a programmatic engagement from AASHTO, covering the AASHTO CAV Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Cooperative Automated Transport (CAT) Coalition. The CAVita team helped AASHTO to expand industry involvement in ELT and prepared a number of CAV research briefs that were referred to NCHRP.
CAVita was engaged to further develop AASHTO’s CAV activities and assisted in setting up and launching the CAT Coalition and its three working groups. CAVita has prepared a number of papers and presentations on state and local agencies’ preparation for CAV, including a NCHRP White Paper that was the subject of a half-day workshop involving state DOT leaders at the ITS World Congress 2017 in Montreal. CAVita is also providing active concierge support to the CAT Executive Committee.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
CAVita assisted in the development of TTI’s transformational technologies conference for public and private agencies, organizations and businesses involved in research and development comprising the CAV ecosystem. This event led to the announcement of several significant initiatives, such as a new high-tech campus (RELLIS) and a transportation technology initiative, the development, advancement, and membership recruitment of which CAVita provided further assistance.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
CAVita has provided strategic advisory support and services focused on transformational transportation technologies
and automated infrastructure deployment opportunities that incorporate market trends and current approaches by public agencies and private industry. The company also supported VTTI’s development, partner recruitment, launch and execution of an ambitious collaborative CAV effort.
CAVita developed a Board Discussion Paper and other activities to provide Austroads with a strategic view of a future where the roles of road agencies have changed significantly and the revenue streams that traditionally fund infrastructure have declined.
New Zealand Ministry of Transport
CAVita has been involved with the country’s activities to identify suitable local CAV testing areas. Activities have included multiple site visits, an appraisal of potential test sites, and ongoing technical and stakeholder assistance concerning CAV testing locations and programmatic considerations.
American Center for Mobility (ACM)
Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., Econolite’s Sr. VP, is serving as Interim President and CEO for the American Center for Mobility (ACM): a purpose-built facility for testing, advancing, and validating CAV technologies and vehicles at Willow Run Michigan airport.
Steudle will be leading development and implementation of ACM’s strategic planning and budgets for 2019. He will be responsible for all operations, including testing, R&D programs, capital improvements, and financial oversight for the facility. Steudle will also be responsible for driving fundraising, legislative participation, academia, industry collaboration programs and activities, helping to ensure the ACM’s strategic role in expanding CAV business incubation; bringing greater global economic opportunities.
Transportation Association of Canada / Transport Canada / Austroads / NZ Ministry of Transport
CAVita has been engaged by roads and transportation stakeholders in countries outside of the United States. Activities include delivery of CAV workshops and development of CAV deployment concepts for selected cities and environments. CAVita is consulted regularly on how to begin the CAV deployment process and how to convene stakeholders and engage partners.
University of California Berkeley (California Path)
CAVita was engaged to assist in designing and conducting a CAV strategic workshop for Caltrans intended to advance the state of preparation for CAV throughout the state, and to better understand preparatory actions in other states and lessons learned. The workshop is planned for early 2019 and CAVita will provide a white paper probing and updating the state of CAV preparation throughout the country.