Teleoperation - An Essential Safety Layer for Autonomous Vehicles 

Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology enables a remote human operator to drive an autonomous vehicle (AV) when the AV cannot drive autonomously, allowing for the safe testing and deployment of AVs.


Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety solution includes: (1) low latency vehicle communication software, (2) an API for real-time assistance and guidance, and (3) a remote operator service.  The technology is vehicle-agnostic, and the company is working with customers in the US and throughout the world with the following vehicle types: passenger vehicles, trucks, shuttles, industrial vehicles, and food delivery vehicles.


The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, and has an R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Key People


Shai Magzimof

Founder / CEO


Shai served as Head of Games at Viber, one of the top messaging apps worldwide with more than 200 million MAU, after Viber acquired his company Nextpeer in 2015. Shai was the former CEO and co-founder of Nextpeer - a real-time multiplayer mobile gaming social platform with over 180 million downloads. Before starting Nextpeer at age 20, Shai started his first company with a childhood friend while participating in Y-Combinator. This company later became Cue and was acquired by Apple.


Elliot Katz

Co-Founder / Chief Strategy Officer


Elliot is the head of the Business / Strategy team at Phantom Auto.

Before Phantom Auto, Elliot was chair of the autonomous vehicle practices at two of the largest law firms in the world, where he advised automakers, global tech companies, ridesharing companies, and municipalities on business, legal, policy, and regulatory issues pertaining to these types of vehicles. 

An advocate who recognizes the important societal benefit of autonomous vehicles, Elliot regularly speaks at AV events across the country and throughout the world, and has recently discussed his views with media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Today Show, CBS Nightly News, CNBC, Wired, Forbes, Bloomberg, and NPR. The following is an interview Elliot recently did with Forbes regarding automated vehicles: “Autonomous Vehicles: ‘Zero Human Intervention Is Still Several Years Away”


Ohad Dvir

Co-Founder / COO


Ohad served as the Project Manager for Military Autonomous Vehicle Division at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the leading defense contractor in Israel and a world leader in the development, supply, and operation of unmanned systems.


From the beginning of his professional career, Ohad has worked in the field of ground robotics systems, including wireless communication and remote control systems for autonomous vehicles.  Ohad’s extensive experience spans 15 years - he began his career as a vehicular system engineer, and subsequently worked as a Project Manager, where he was responsible for managing the primary ground robotics projects at IAI.


Eran Sandhaus

Senior Vice President


Eran recently led Delphi Automotive's (now Aptiv) Autonomous Driving and Connected Services business unit, overseeing global engineering teams, business staff and wholly owned subsidiaries focused on providing hardware, software, algorithms and cloud services to transform future mobility. 

Prior to Delphi, Eran was a senior executive for over 20 years in Fortune 500 companies including Qualcomm, Cypress, Texas Instruments and Marvell. During this period Eran led global businesses, operations and M&A focused on server communications, storage, mobile handsets and Internet-of-Things (IoT) for consumer, automotive and industrial applications. 

Jordan Sanders

Director of Business and Operations


Jordan Sanders serves as Director of Business and Operations at Phantom Auto where he leads business development, executing deployments, strategy, and marketing. Before joining Phantom Auto, Jordan helped automotive companies design and launch new mobility businesses at Ridecell, and he advised public and private sector organizations as part of Deloitte Consulting’s Future of Mobility practice.


Ben Shukman

Product Lead


Ben is a roboticist and engineer developing remote control operation systems at Phantom.  He holds a BS in Physics and a BA in Art History.