Superpedestrian Inc.


Superpedestrian is a transportation robotics company located in Cambridge, MA. Founded out of MIT in 2013, Superpedestrian develops technologies for micro-electric vehicles that optimize safety, reliability, and performance.


Superpedestrian spent over 4 years developing its proprietary Vehicle Intelligence system, which was first introduced in the company’s consumer product, the Copenhagen Wheel. Since 2018, Superpedestrian has focused its efforts on engineering and validating its new electric scooter for shared fleets. Featuring the mature Vehicle Intelligence platform, Superpedestrian’s fleet scooter can detect and protect against more than 100 common malfunctions. This platform of embedded computers and cloud software enables Superpedestrian’s scooters to autonomously protect from damage during and between rides. Within nanoseconds, the scooters can detect potential problems such as battery fires, short circuits, or failed brakes, and take corrective action to avert damage.


Vehicle Intelligence prevents over 50% of issues that would cause other scooters to fail, and streamlines operations if issues arise. If the scooter can’t protect itself, it automatically becomes unavailable for rental and generates a detailed service ticket for repair. The result is a substantial improvement in vehicle safety for scooter riders and major cost savings for fleet operators.

The Team


The Superpedestrian team is comprised of some of the most talented designers, developers, and engineers ever assembled, all focused on transforming the future urban mobility. 




Assaf Biderman

Assaf is the founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, and co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel. He is also the Associate Director of the MIT Senseable City Laboratory, a research group examining how new technologies enable solutions for pressing urban challenges. Assaf’s work explores how distributed and embedded technologies can improve urban livability and create a more sustainable urban future.



Eric Barber

Previously led the engineering group for a high-end engineering services company that specialized in development of advanced technology mobility solutions.



Goss Nuzzo-Jones

Prior to joining Superpedestrian, Goss was a principal software engineer for Runkeeper. He now brings his dry wit and experience in mobile app and backend development to his work with the Copenhagen Wheel. He is also known as the Lord of Lunch.



Graham Gullans

Graham is the VP of Business and Corporate Development at Superpedestrian. He has built and invested in multi-modal transportation companies for the past 5 years. Graham is on the Board at Zoomcar, India's largest shared car rental company. Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of LiftMetrix, sold to Hootsuite. He is a trail running, aviation and EV enthusiast. 


Daniel Sargent

Daniel joined Superpedestrian as the Director of Program Management.  Previously, he was a program manager at Bose where his team delivered world-class wireless headphones.  He has a background in consumer electronics, including Electrical, Acoustic, and System Engineering roles. Daniel is passionate about making the world a better place through consistent and sustainable adjustment.  Outside of work he enjoys cycling, sailing and skiing with his wife and sons.



JD Heinzmann

JD is trained as a mechanical engineer with emphasis on automatic control systems. Over the last 18 years he has been focused on the development of the electric propulsion systems for the iBot stair-climbing wheelchair, the Segway Personal Transporter, and the Harvest Automation decorative plant- moving robot.



Tom Brendlinger

Tom is an Electrical Engineer with a background in robotics and automotive systems. His specialty is taking science projects and turning them into manufacturable products. When he's not herding electrons, he can usually be found using a table saw to turn wood into sawdust.



Marybeth Whitney

With a background in administrative services, she continues to leap into new technologies feeding off the energy and excitement of getting the first version out the door. Believing that there are no problems, only situations that need to be resolved keeps Superpedestrian moving forward.



Ryan Nutile

Previously at Lutron Electronics, Ryan joined Superpedestrian as an embedded software engineer with experience in the IoT space. When he's not busy telling rocks what to think, Ryan can be found rock climbing, digging through Spotify for new sounds, and hunting for better buffalo wings.





Dave Christianson

Dave came to Superpedestrian from Bose, where he worked on active suspension systems and helped design consumer electronics. He's had a passion for all things transportation since childhood, and is excited to create greener (and more fun) ways to get around our cities. Outside of work, Dave's on the hunt for powder days and tasty burritos.



Nate Typrowicz-Cohen

After first joining the team as a bike mechanic, Nate transitioned to the mechanical engineering department upon finishing school. His knowledge of bicycles helps inform both the design and testing work that he does as a member of the mechanical team. He also occasionally graces the front page of the Superpedestrian website as one of our models.



Jon Leehey

A systems engineer focused on power; from power electronics to energy storage to alternative energy technologies all the while finding and solving issues due to hardware, firmware or user errors.


Kelly Snyder

Kelly is an electrical engineer who specializes in embedded systems. She is always excited to find ways to use electronics to make the world a little more eco-friendly.  When she's not playing with electrons, she spends most of her time outside, running and hiking distances that she's been told are "unreasonable."



John Allwein

Experience managing finances at a number of venture backed tech companies. With a diverse skill set he engages with engineering and marketing teams to develop financial plans.



Kade Colen

Kade is a member of the mechanical engineering team at Superpedestrian and an aspiring wizard in the realm of design. In his free time, Kade finds great joy in transmogrifying neglected 90's mountain bikes into unique, highvol grocery-getters.


Worth Smith

Worth joined Superpedestrian from Sherpa Technology Group, where he worked on strategy and M&A for technology and intellectual property. Before that, he was a child and really liked Popular Mechanics. Worth is a dedicated scooter commuter and enjoys brazilian jiu-jitsu. He can often be found talking micromobility with strangers in the bike lane.


Connor Rubin

Connor comes from an electrical engineering background at Ohio State, with a focus on controls and embedded systems. He aspires to combine his love of the environment and technology to create things that improve lives and help achieve wide-ranging sustainability goals. When not at work, you can find him caring for his plants, going to concerts, or traveling around the world in search of the perfect cup of coffee.



Shana Leshko

Shana joined Superpedestrian after managing ecological research for Grove - an agriculture startup. She is passionate about sustainability, puppies, and color-coded spreadsheets. When not supporting our CEO, she can be found cooking or tending to one of her many houseplants.



Giovanni Berlanda-Scorza

Giovanni Berlanda-Scorza joined Superpedestrian after ten years of work on data acquisition for embedded IMU devices (Xsens) and jet engine testing (GE Aviation). When not testing current and future products, he stays busy with a wife, two children, and many home improvement projects.



Horatio Yuxin Han

Horatio Yuxin Han is an award winning designer-tinkerer who adventures through the strange worlds of technology and design. Before he joined Superpedestrian, he taught machines to draw portraits, designed robots that interact with humans, and built lighting that appears to float in thin air.



Chris Amory

Broad background with extensive experience in manufacturing, engineering, operations and supply chain management and have successfully managed many projects from sourcing wind turbine components to setting up production facilities in China and Turkey.



Matt Cole

After helping to build the embedded software team at ClearMotion (nee Levant Power) Matt joined the team to help write Superpedestrian's on-board wheel code. He is an experienced embedded software engineer who has worked in automotive, consumer electronics and telecommunications. After graduating from WPI he has worked for a number of startups in his career.



David Michael

David began his love of mechanical engineering when at the age of 12 he rebuilt the carburetor on his mom's car. Since then, he's designed everything from hard drives for computers to fuel cell systems. He leads the mechanical engineering team at Superpedestrian, and is delighted to work with so many creative, smart and dedicated people.



Joe Hermann

As a software engineer with experience in full-stack web development, Joe brings his passion for problem-solving and a discerning ear for hip hop to the team at Superpedestrian.



Ilya Sinelnikov

Ilya joined the product team after co-founding and leading product at — the first car rental marketplace built on shared economy principles. He brings diverse expertise in product launch, business development, UX/UI and project management. Ilya is an advocate for micromobility and accessible urban transportation.



Sam Dushay

Sam came to Superpedestrian from SyncOnSet, where he helped make movies and tv shows.  He is a full stack web developer who enjoys solving problems in clever and re-usable ways. Sam loves udon noodles and science fiction/fantasy novels, but hates climate change.



Sam Letcher

Sam is a Massachusetts native and Northeastern Alum who has a strong affinity for craft beer and nerf guns. He's a sensitive Cancer who often yells at his computer while optimizing the Android user experience.



Will Lendway

Will Lendway is a proud Nantucket native. After studying engineering and traveling the world, he still likes to get his hands dirty in our bike workshop. Will spends his spare time cooking, gardening and bringing island flavor to our frigid Cambridge HQ.



Nili [Onili] Ohayon

Nili, onili, is a singer, producer, and videographer. She performs worldwide and releases music & videos continuously. She is Superpedestrian’s artistic director, managing product image, and public outreach.



Dave Goldberg

Dave is a firmware engineer with a project portfolio ranging from active suspension systems to brain implants. He brings to the team a passion for building products that sense and react to the world around them. You can often find Dave in the mountains skiing and climbing



Kevin Cullinane

Kevin came to Superpedestrian from Tripadvisor, where he was a Systems Administration Engineer. He is the head of IT and Site-Ops, where he uses his love of problem solving and emerging technology to tackle the constant stream of issues that arise in the modern startup environment. He also doesn't care if it works on your local.



Ian Clark

Ian is an Engineer who joined Superpedestrian after 13 years in the trucking industry developing advanced active suspension systems. He has 55 years of experience working on anything with wheels. Ian is a proud owner of many homemade toys including a car, a boat and an airplane. He’s logged 3500 miles and 750 trips on the Copenhagen wheel so far.



Neil Li

Neil has a broad technical background with extensive experience in manufacturing and engineering management. He has successfully managed many projects from design stage to mass production, including configuring production facilities. He manages projects for Superpedestrian’s team in China.



Strategic Advisors



Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training he practices in Italy and teaches as Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, he is a co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel.



Antonio Bertone

Previously Chief Marketing Officer and board member at PUMA, he brings over 20 years of passion and experience in brand management and marketing expertise to everything he does.