Ravi Puvvala

General Manager, SBU

Center for Automotive Research

Ravi Puvvala is a seasoned technology executive with a rich background in connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles. With a deep-seated expertise in growth strategy, generative AI, and cybersecurity, Ravi currently lends his extensive experience to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) as an advisor. His insights are also sought by automotive startups innovating in AI, cybersecurity, and quantum computing.

Ravi’s industry influence extends through his prior role at Harman International, where he was instrumental in launching a division for cybersecurity products in connected vehicles. As Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, he spearheaded initiatives in V2X and cybersecurity, developing a platform to reduce the time to resolve cybersecurity breaches in vehicles. His leadership extended to serving on the board of directors of Auto-ISAC, facilitating critical information sharing and analysis amongst automotive OEMs and suppliers.

As the Founder and CEO of Savari, Ravi was pivotal in the company’s journey to become a leading provider of V2X technology in 5G solutions for OEM auto manufacturers and smart cities. His efforts in securing contracts with global Auto OEMs and deploying roadside units across various state DOTs culminated in the successful sale of Savari to Harman.

Ravi has actively worked with researchers at University Transportation Centers, US DOT Volpe, Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership, and other automotive organizations, sharing his expertise and fostering advancements in the field.

Holding a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University and Bangalore University respectively, Ravi’s educational foundation has supported a career marked by innovation, leadership, and a commitment to transforming the automotive landscape.