Our guest today is Sampo Hietanen, the CEO of a Finnish company called MAAS Global. MaaS stands for Mobility as a Service, and they are the makers of Whim, an app-based platform for MaaS. Whim provides a single way to access all forms of mobility - everything from cars to trains, scooters, bikes and buses, through a subscription. Sampo's influence extends way beyond Finland, in fact he is widely viewed as the ideological father of mobility as a service. As you’ll see from the conversation, Sampo has big dreams for how we might get from place A to B to Z, what it means for car ownership and the car industry, what it means for cities, and urban regions, and what it means for the environment. If you listened to our previous conversations in this miniseries, you’ll recall Israel Duanis explained that Fleetonomy was all about optimizing the use of fleets of vehicles and that Shai Suzan explained that WayCare was all about optimizing the flow of traffic. MaaS' vision includes both of these, I think , and more; their dream is about optimizing the experience that people have as they travel through and within a region.We hope you enjoy the episode - please share it with other like minded curious people, and write us a review on Apple Podcast.
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With today’s episode we continue our exploration of the Future of Mobility: how technology is starting to impact—hopefully for the better-- the way we move around our cities and beyond.Today we talk to Shai Suzan, Cofounder and CIO of WayCare Technologies. When we think of mobility, we think first and foremost about speed and safety. We want to get from point A to point B quickly, without getting stuck in interminable traffic jams; and we want to get there safely. Waycare Tech uses Artificial Intelligence to deliver exactly this. It has already notched up some impressive achievements, reducing accidents and congestions, and improving the response time of emergency vehicles when accidents do occur.How does Waycare Tech do it? They have developed a software that can link together a city’s Traffic Management System with a number of other relevant data sources, from traffic lights to connected vehicles via navigation apps. Waycare Tech’s AI turns those data into predictive analytics, and translates them into real-time advice. Looking at real time traffic patterns, it is able to identify spots where congestion is about to occur, and advise drivers how to avoid them; it can pinpoint areas where accidents are more likely to occur soon, allowing city authorities to deploy emergency vehicles in the vicinity—this saves lives by getting accident victims to a hospital faster. The predictive aspect is key. Existing navigation apps can already tell you when a segment of your commuting route is already backed up— but Waycare Tech can tell you if it will be backed up by the time you get to it.We discuss cybersecurity and privacy concerns, how connected vehicles can act as “virtual sensors” complementing the existing infrastructure, and how these technologies can already help the sprawling megacities in emerging markets.There is a lot to absorb and think about in this episode, and all of it maps directly to our daily experience.As always, we ask that you share the episode with a friend, share on social media, and help us spread the word!
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