Smarter Cars

Smarter Cars

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By Michele Kyrouz
Smarter Cars is a show about autonomous vehicles and mobility. We’re interviewing key players about the challenges of bringing autonomous vehicles to market, including current thinking about deep learning, policy/regulation, shared mobility, business models, ethics, the impact on cities, and the future of how we live and work.
Available on 12 platforms
Applied Intuition - Qasar Younis, Matthew Colford
In this episode, we interview Qasar Younis and Matthew Colford of Applied Intuition about simulation and its role in developing and testing autonomous vehicles, including the safety and policy implications.
58:49
October 16, 2018
Warren Logan - San Francisco County Transportation Authority
In this episode, we talk with Warren Logan, a senior transportation planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority about the regulation of emerging mobility services in SF, including TNCs and scooters, and ways that industry can work more collaboratively with city government. We discuss the SFCTA's July 2018 Emerging Mobility Evaluation Report, including its conclusions and policy recommendations.
1:05:30
September 7, 2018
Alisyn Malek - May Mobility
Welcome to Season 2 of Smarter Cars. We talk with Alisyn Malek, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of May Mobility, about their commercial deployment of autonomous shuttles on public roads in Detroit and plans for future expansion.
44:11
July 20, 2018
Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, L.A. Metro
In this episode, we interview Joshua Schank, the Chief Innovation Officer for L.A. Metro. We discuss the challenges facing public transit as mobility options evolve, and the innovative approach L.A. Metro is taking to improve transportation and mobility options in L.A. County, including pilot programs involving mobility on demand and microtransit.
42:45
April 12, 2018
Ding Zhao - Autonomous Vehicle Safety/Testing (U. Michigan)
In this episode, we discuss autonomous vehicle safety and testing with Ding Zhao, Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. How will we know when AVs are safe enough to deploy? Will it take driving billions of road miles? We discuss his method of using accelerated evaluation techniques to more efficiently test safety scenarios and achieve confidence in AV safety.
40:43
April 6, 2018
Brian Soublet - California Dept of Motor Vehicles
In this episode, we discuss the new California autonomous vehicle regulations with Brian Soublet, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The California Legislature implemented legislation in 2012 directing the DMV to issue regulations governing autonomous vehicles. Over the last six years, the California DMV has issued two sets of regulations to govern the testing and now deployment of autonomous vehicles in California, with the first set in 2014 and the second set becoming effective on April 2, 2018. Brian Soublet has been instrumental in forming these regulations and he joins us to discuss some of the key points in the new regulations and how we got here.
1:05:44
March 29, 2018
Philip Koopman - Carnegie Mellon - AV Safety
Our guest is Professor Philip Koopman of Carnegie Mellon University. He’s been researching automotive safety and embedded systems for more than 20 years and is currently focused on safety in autonomous vehicles. We discuss how to think about autonomous vehicle safety, including what level of safety is appropriate, and how to measure and test safety with rigorous design engineering.
49:45
March 15, 2018
Nico Larco - Urbanism Next @ U. Oregon
Our guest is Nico Larco from the University of Oregon, and we discuss the secondary impacts of autonomous vehicles on cities, including potential effects on parking, transit, street design, land use, urban planning, sprawl and real estate valuation.
1:10:06
January 23, 2018
Regina Clewlow - Transportation Researcher UC Davis
In this episode, we talk with Regina Clewlow, a leading transportation researcher on shared mobility and autonomous vehicles. She recently published a UC Davis study regarding the adoption and impact of shared mobility services on cities.  We discuss the findings of her study and possible implications for autonomous vehicles, public transit and city policies.
43:41
November 3, 2017
Quin Garcia - Autotech Ventures
In this episode, we interview Quin Garcia, a Managing Director at Autotech Ventures. Autotech Ventures is a venture firm in Silicon Valley focused exclusively on funding ground transport companies, including companies involved in connected, shared and automated vehicles and the ecosystems/supply chains around them. We discuss with Quin his views on successful business models for autonomous vehicles and likely market outcomes and consolidation in the space. 
33:49
September 20, 2017
Lucy Yu of the U.K's CCAV
In this episode, we interview Lucy Yu, who is Head of Innovation and New Mobility Services at the U.K.'s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.  We discuss the UK's approach to promoting research and development of autonomous vehicles and to regulating testing and deployment.  
38:00
July 26, 2017
Tarin Ziyaee - Voyage
In this episode, we talk with Tarin Ziyaee, Director of AI and co-founder at Voyage, which is working to make autonomous taxis.  We discuss the engineering challenges still facing autonomous vehicles, in both hardware and software.
40:47
July 7, 2017
Evangelos Simoudis - Synapse Partners
In this episode, we talk with Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners about autonomous vehicle business models, the impact of AVs on consumers, the auto industry and rideshare companies, and the value proposition in big data.
51:45
June 16, 2017
Darton Ito of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
In this episode, we talk with Darton Ito of SFMTA about the role of cities in determining how autonomous vehicles will be tested and deployed. We discuss safety, testing, pricing of access to city streets, disengagement reporting and other aspects of how autonomous vehicles may be regulated in California.
44:49
June 5, 2017
Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital
In this episode of Smarter Cars, we talk with Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital. We discuss the potential business models for deployment of autonomous vehicles, Lux Capital’s investment in Zoox and its plans to create a robo-taxi service, his views on the per-vehicle model versus the per-mile service model for autonomous vehicles, how to think about when AVs will be safe enough to deploy, and other thoughts about the state of the industry.
35:27
May 4, 2017
A Conversation with Adam Thierer
In this episode of Smarter Cars, we discuss with Adam Thierer the role of government in regulating autonomous vehicles. Should regulators allow “permissionless innovation” or enact rules that require government pre-approval before cars can be deployed? What role should NHTSA play when the technology is still developing and it’s not clear what the right rules will be? How might voluntary guidance from NHTSA work in practice? Adam shares his views on how government can protect public safety while also permitting a nascent industry to develop without stifling innovation. Adam is a Senior Research Fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the
45:48
April 1, 2017
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