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Hayden AI Names Transportation Tech Expert Ray Director of Industry Strategy

“The pace of technology innovation is increasing, and Renee’s industry expertise will help ensure that we iterate and expand our AI-powered platform to deliver a best-in-class product to the market,” said Chris Carson, co-founder and CEO of Hayden AI Technologies.

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Hayden AI Technologies has announced the appointment of transit technology expert Renee Autumn Ray as director of Industry Strategy.

In her new role, Ray “will refine and execute Hayden AI’s thought leadership strategy, leveraging her experience working at all levels of government on emerging transportation technology issues,” the company said in a news release. Hayden AI developed the world’s first autonomous traffic enforcement platform, serving citizens and multi-agency missions to help cities become safer, smarter, and more sustainable.
Renee Autumn Ray
Renee Autumn Ray

“Understanding the unique, specific needs of the public agencies we serve is vital to providing a technology solution that helps them improve service delivery and achieve their policy objectives,” said Chris Carson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Hayden AI. “Renee’s insights will help ensure that the Hayden AI platform stays ahead of the curve. The pace of technology innovation is increasing, and Renee’s industry expertise will help ensure that we iterate and expand our AI-powered platform to deliver a best-in-class product to the market.”

Before joining Hayden AI, Ray was the strategy and innovation leader for Conduent Transportation, a leading transportation technology company working across transit, curbside management and public safety. She has worked for local, regional and federal agencies on emerging transportation policy ideas and digital transformation projects.

“There are tremendous investments occurring in transportation innovation,” Ray said in the news release. “I transitioned from public service to technology because I believe that we need people at tech firms who understand how the government works and know how technology can be part of the solution to difficult problems.

“What excites me about joining Hayden AI is seeing how artificial intelligence is being applied to create a platform that transit and urban street networks be managed more safely and effectively,” she said.

Ray, based in Sarasota, Fla., also holds appointed positions on two committees — Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies — for the Transportation Research Board, part of the National Academy of Sciences. She has a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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