Dan Sturges

Director of Urban Mobility Design
Local Motors
As the director of urban mobility design, Dan Sturges leads the Local Motors charge in urban mobility design and is developing solutions based on the company’s driverless shuttle, Olli. Dan has a diverse background in transportation design and social entrepreneurship. Through his ability to combine a micro and macro approach in his work, Dan’s work addresses issues both in transportation planning and engineering and vehicle design. This holistic approach has earned him the opportunity to work on solving some of the world’s most formidable mobility challenges. In 1997, Dan launched the first New Mobility program in North America, while working with the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC-Davis, focusing on the future of smart multi-mobility systems. Earlier in his career, he launched the first Neighborhood Electric Vehicle company (GEM car), leading to an all-new category of motor vehicles in the U.S., reducing the footprint of motorized transportation. Dan strives to understand the larger transportation ecosystem by working with government agencies, transportation companies and advocacy organizations. He is the first trained automotive designer to work with Southern California Metropolitan Planning Organizations (SCAG, SANDAG, SBCCOG). He has supported General Motors, Ford, Daimler, Nissan Future Lab, Disney, Segway, V-Ride, Fehr & Peers, NRDC and Rocky Mountain Institute, among others. Dan was named one of 40 top designers in the U.S. by ID Magazine, and served on the Transportation Research Board for 10 years as a member of the New Public Transportation committee. www.dansturges.com (for more info)