Ron Medford
Director of Safety, Self-Driving Cars

Ron Medford joined Google[x] in January 2013 as its Safety Director for the Self-Driving Car Program. In this position Medford leads the program’s safety team that is working with other program development teams to ensure the safety of the self-driving car.

Prior to joining Google, Medford served as the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation from January 2010 until December 2012. Medford began his career at NHTSA in May 2003 when he was hired as the Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the U.S. auto safety programs.  

Prior to joining NHTSA, Medford was the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification & Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) where he was responsible for the regulatory and technical work of the agency. He also spent 10 months on a government-sponsored sabbatical to work with Dean Kamen, Inventor and President of Deka Research and Development Corporation who is known for his inventions of the IBOT wheelchair and the Segway Human Transporter (HT). 

Medford holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Maryland.