About VSI

Founded in 2014 by Phil Magney, VSI is the leading research and advisory firm that tracks the building blocks of automated vehicles.

VSI has mapped the entire eco-system for autonomous solutions. Our team of experts has researched hundreds of companies, thousands of products, and the latest thought leadership from academia & research institutions. We offer this research through the Autonomous Solutions Portal, which provides a continuous perspective on companies, technologies, and their solutions, along with vast resources for examining any technology issue and the companies that compete in that space. 

The VSI methodology for examining the AV eco-system is based on a framework that allows for a logical way to identify the enabling technologies.  Companies, products and IP are identified in terms of what they do and why they are important. Furthermore, VSI decomposes the content of most leading autonomous vehicle platforms allowing you to examine the composition of hardware and software components used in leading AV platform.


Meet Our Team

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Phil Magney | founder & principal Advisor

I am passionate about the technologies for automated driving.

Outside the office I race Porsches and hold a Central Division title in SCCA.

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danny kim | Director & Senior Advisor

Autonomous vehicle development processes and enabling technologies are my areas of expertise. 

With my downtime, I enjoy golfing with buddies or fishing at one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, including ice fishing during the winter. I am also an avid learner of Korean and Japanese cooking.

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Matthew Linder | Autonomous Solutions Engineer, Team Leader

I am interested in researching and developing all kinds artificial intelligence software especially for autonomous vehicles.  And I am also very interested in researching and developing all other kinds of algorithms for autonomous driving.

Outside of work, I like to go camping, biking, playing video games, and working on hobby programming projects. 

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maggie Abel | Marketing Specialist

I am passionate about using social media & creativity to help VSI grow in the Autonomous Vehicles industry.

Out of the office, I love traveling, spending time outdoors with my family and friends, writing, and cheering on the Badgers!

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Aniket pendse | Autonomous Vehicles Solutions Engineer

My work at VSI includes using vision based systems for detection of lanes in front of the vehicle and determining the control output required for its autonomous motion. Later work will include implementing cruise control for the Autonomous vehicle. 

My hobbies include solving mathematical puzzles, watching movies, and playing soccer.

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Amol vagad | autonomous vehicles software engineer

At VSI, I enjoy working with computer vision tools like OpenCV for detection of features like lanes, combining different tools together like OpenCV, Matlab and Prescan, and simulating algorithms on tools like Prescan.

Outside work, I enjoy photography, traveling, reading, and writing poetry.

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Aaron mowbray | Research analyst

My work at VSI includes researching all companies, products, and news stories related to autonomous driving and active safety systems.

Outside of the office, I love watching and playing hockey, reading books, and fixing my own cars.

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tim bornholdt | Partner & Technology Developer

I am responsible for maintaining the infrastructure behind the Autonomous Solutions Portal.

Outside of the office, I love running, drinking craft beer, listening to podcasts, and spending time with my wife and daughter.