ACES Northwest Network

The ACES Northwest Network is a unique collective working to bring Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared vehicle technologies to the Puget Sound region.

Tom Alberg, Madrona Venture Group
Bryan Mistele, INRIX

Tom Alberg, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, and Bryan Mistele, CEO of INRIX, have teamed up to found the ACES Northwest Network and, together, they co-chair this innovative group. The Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared (ACES) revolution promises to transform mobility as we know it.

The ACES Northwest Network is an organization focused on moving people and goods throughout the Puget Sound region and all of Cascadia. Members of the Network come from British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon representing visionaries, researchers, academics, and the experts who develop, test, and deploy technologies that make ACES happen.

The Network values sustainable, equitable, and accessible mobility that encourages economic growth and freedom of movement through real transportation choices.


The ACES Technologies

The ACES Northwest Network is focused on developing and promoting these new mobility technologies, because together they promise to create a future that is far better than any one of these technologies could produce alone.

Vehicles of the future will be…

AUTONOMOUS (fully driverless), the ultimate goal of the vehicle automation and self-driving revolution. The growing automation of driving tasks, from adaptive cruise control to lane keeping, has led to self-driving on freeways. Eventually, the self-driving car will not need an operator and the automated vehicle will become the fully-autonomous driverless vehicle capable of handling any condition.
CONNECTED to each other and to infrastructure using low-latency communications networks, enabling collision avoidance, real-time congestion management, and trip optimization. Vehicles will be connected to services and people using mobile apps backed by fleet management systems focused on customer satisfaction.
ELECTRIC and hybrid-electric, for low-carbon mobility. Commercial vehicles will rely solely on electric drivetrains for low-speed operation, reducing particulate emissions dramatically. The range of electric vehicles will soon surpass that of gasoline cars while battery recycling and reconditioning processes will eliminate environmental impacts due to battery disposal and resource mining.
SHARED. The cost of vehicle ownership will be spread across dozens of users and the electric and connected technologies will ensure vehicles are highly utilized. This sharing promises a new world of equity for suburban residents who need access to an automobile for mobility within the less-dense areas that comprise the predominant land uses of North America's largest cities.

Mission

The ACES Northwest Network brings together members and facilitates collaboration to ensure the Pacific Northwest is a leading center of new mobility initiatives. Members envision a transportation system that is sustainable, equitable, and accessible; a goal that can only be achieved through a balanced approach that considers all the letters of ACES.

In order to achieve this vision, the Network’s leadership has committed to four strategic goals. Join us and shape the future of mobility in Cascadia and beyond.

  • Accelerate and integrate technology into our transportation system
  • Remove barriers to transportation innovation at federal, state, and local levels
  • Promote region as international “Center of Excellence” for ACES adoption
  • Increase mobility for lower-income and underserved commuters