- Research Scientist
Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird is the founder of Afreecar LLC and has a half-time appointment at MIT Media Lab. His main focus is the development and commercialization of a solar powered mobility hub that can empower underserved communities around the world, both in its manufacture and in the services it provides.
He is also a Board Member for FISITA UK Limited (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Ingénieurs des Techniques de l'Automobile).
From 2012 to 2017 he was Qualcomm's VP of Strategic Development with a focus on reshaping transportation around the convergence of V2X wireless communications, wireless power transfer and compute processing.
Prior to this he was GM’s Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts and EN-V Program (Electric Networked Vehicle). He was selected as one of Automotive News’ Electrifying 100 in 2011. Before the EN-V he led GM’s Autonomy vehicle program and invented the electric "skateboard" concept.
Before joining GM in 2000, he led Chrysler’s gasoline fuel cell vehicle development and was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame as a Young Leader in 2000.
He is co-author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century, with Dr. Larry Burns and the late Professor Bill Mitchell, that MIT Press published in 2010. He has 50 patents.