Our Story

Our Story

Our journey began with a passion for innovation and a commitment to saving lives. Michael Percher, a retired entrepreneur, was deeply moved by the tragic story of Trey Kidwell, a 17-year-old from Indiana who drowned after accidentally driving into a lake. Around the same time, Michael’s son-in-law, Aram Amassian, faced the terror of being trapped in a car that was rapidly filling with water during a flash flood in Saudi Arabia in 2009. Although Aram was lucky to be rescued, hundreds of people lost their lives in that unforgiving flood. These events revealed the global scope of the problem and the urgent need for innovative, in-vehicle solutions.

Further research into the phenomenon revealed that occupants have only one minute to escape before water pressure prevents windows from lowering. It also revealed another sobering truth: becoming trapped in a passenger vehicle in both water and land-based emergencies is a global problem that claims thousands of lives every year .

Motivated by these events, Michael set out to develop an automated solution to help occupants exit their vehicles during emergencies, leading to the creation of AWOS. Michael enlisted his son Shawn-Patrick, daughter Sabrina, and Aram to establish AWOS Technologies. Today, our collective goal is to pioneer life-saving technologies that serve as a lifeline in critical situations.


In today’s rapidly evolving automotive landscape, safety is a collective responsibility. Founded with a mission-driven focus, AWOS Technologies is dedicated to delivering practical and effective solutions that enhance vehicle safety and save lives. By extending the breadth of Vision Zero initiatives, we strive to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries while promoting safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. We’re committed to providing drivers and passengers with the highest level of protection in all situations. We develop innovative technologies that integrate with new and used vehicles, to protect all road users and provide peace of mind on the road. By prioritizing reliability in all of our innovations, we empower our customers to navigate the roads safely and securely.

Advocacy & Impact

Our commitment to safety extends beyond technology. With an unrelenting commitment to safety advocacy, we help to shape policies that create safer roads, vehicles and cities. Join us as we strive for zero fatalities and injuries on our roads.

Our Team

Mike Percher
Founder & Inventor
Shawn Percher
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Aram Amassian
Co-Founder, Professor Material Sciences & Engineering, NCSU
Sabrina Percher
Co-Founder & COO
Mario Verdi
Co-Founder & CTO
Eduardo Maraboto
Safety Systems Lead
Alfonso Aguirre
Industrial Solutions Lead
Dre Storelli
Product Lead