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Jennifer Morrison, Manager of Vehicle Safety Compliance, Mazda North America joins host Grayson Brulte on SAE Tomorrow Today to discuss all of the facets of safety in the world of mobility.Jennifer kicks things off by recounting her emotional experiences investigating highway crashes while at the National Transportation Safety Board.She then digs into why safety must be a foundational element for every mobility company, the importance of standardizing safety features in vehicles, training dealers to inform car buyers on proper usage of safety features, how schools and groups can educate themselves on their transportation service providers, and how autonomous mobility will shift our future driving habits. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
There is more to Penske than meets the eye. As the largest non-governmental commercial trucking fleet in the world, Penske has instilled a culture of learning to tackle practical innovations to improve and advance the industry.This week, host Grayson Brulte chats with Bill Combs, Vice President of Connected Vehicle Strategy and Experimentation at Penske Transportation Solutions, about the world of commercial trucking.The conversation kicks off in a unique way as Bill compares the lessons he learned experimenting with food ingredients in culinary school with the technology experimentation he now works on at Penske. Bill discusses how some of Penske’s partnerships with companies like Daimler and TuSimple have enabled the organization to better serve all of its fleet and maintenance partners through learnings about electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and data analytics.Bill explores the changing landscape of the commercial vehicle industry, tackling the issues of electrification, autonomy, deploying a hub-and-spoke distribution model, and how data analytics is critical for fleet scalability and vehicle utilization. Learn more about Penske at www.penske.com. For more on this topic, check out Bill’s recent appearance on SAE LIVE with partner, TuSimple: https://www.sae.org/livechat/request-form1. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Pittsburgh has become a hotbed for mobility innovation and one of the leaders is undoubtedly Argo AI.This week, host Grayson Brulte is joined by our Steel City neighbor Bryan Salesky, co-founder and CEO of Argo AI, to discuss Argo’s approach to automated vehicles, the role of autonomy in improving mobility for all, and how the education system should develop smarter thinkers and future leaders.  Throughout the conversation, Bryan discusses how safety plays an essential role in establishing autonomous vehicles as a trusted technology that people will understand, adopt and support. And as such, the defining legacy of eliminating cars crashes to improve society is touched upon. Bryan talks about how Argo has built relationships and partnerships with cities based on mutual trust and respect. He details Argo’s approach to solving specific needs in cities; the company’s efforts in Washington, DC, Austin, Texas, and Miami; the importance of a playbook to operationalize consistency in every city; and how learnings must be adjusted to scale for naturalistic driving tendencies within specific cities, regions, environments.As the conversation shifts to Argo’s workforce, Bryan explains how the company prioritizes employing a diverse group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds to help Argo outmaneuver and out-pivot other companies in the industry.This transitions into a larger conversation about rethinking the American education system as Bryan offers his take on how encouraging students to take a non-linear path while providing opportunities to spark their naturally eclectic sense of curiosity can help them grow into the leaders and thinkers of tomorrow. Learn more about Argo AI at www.argo.ai. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Cruise is creating an entirely new transportation experience. Rob Grant, Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Cruise, joins host Grayson Brulte this week to talk all things Cruise and offer his perspective on the importance of autonomous and electric vehicles as we strive for a clean and equitable future. Rob explains some of Cruise’s core philosophies: that AVs should be accessible to everyone regardless of socioeconomic and physical status; the importance of reinforcing vehicle safety so it becomes engrained in minds; and attacking climate change with EVs. He shares emotional details on the 100,000 contactless deliveries that Cruise vehicles have made to San Franciscans in need during COVID-19, then pivots to some forward-looking efforts including partnership opportunities, community and educational engagements and investments, and how learnings from the current pandemic are being applied to better prepare society for future pandemics. Rob also lets us in on some details around the new Cruise Origin, a completely redesigned, multi-factor transportation experience, as well as GM’s Ultium battery that will power the vehicle. The conversation also looks at some of the larger industry challenges being tackled: energy backhaul and sourcing; improving speed to market and scaling; and teaching vehicles to become better adept at recognizing gestures, signals and notifiers from cyclists, law enforcement and first responders.   Learn more about Cruise at www.getcruise.com. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 
Paints and coatings surround us so much that we take them for granted. But beyond their visual appeal, coatings play an invaluable role in protecting our cars, aircrafts and structures to make our lives better and safer. Calum Munro, Senior Scientist, Mobility at PPG Industries, joins host Grayson Brulte this week to give us a crash course on how the coatings industry is adapting, innovating and leading in the changing mobility landscape. We look at the practical and scientific elements within the coatings industry and how they differ across various transportation mediums, from electric vehicles to autonomous vehicles to micromobility vehicles to aircraft. Calum explains how coatings are more than just fun colors as they are being developed in ways that incorporate visible light wavelengths, ultraviolet wavelengths and near-infrared wavelengths, which become especially relevant as mobility further adopts radar and LiDAR technologies in sensors.The conversation explores how the coatings industry is able to quickly adapt to new forms of mobility by applying solutions used in other industries to meet modern challenges. Calum also gives us some insight into the psychological, sociological and emotional appeal behind our color preferences. Learn more about PPG at www.ppg.com. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
What will cities look like as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic? Ashwini Chhabra, Co-Founder & Principal of Electric Avenue, joins host Grayson Brulte this week to offer his take on how trends that have emerged during the shutdown can, and likely will, transfer as cities begin to open back up.First, Grayson talks with Ashwini’s about his background that has transitioned from the financial service sector to the New York City education system to the urban transportation space, and how he has applied private sector thinking to public sector problems. With Ashwini’s background in education, the conversation looks at how schools in New York are taking advantage of available outside space and how prioritizing public space will play an important role in city planning.Ashwini discusses the importance of planning ahead to move people around in the ways they need to properly function the city by using all forms of transportation. The New York City subway system gets a long look as well with the need to rebuild confidence in a mode that is safer and cleaner than most believe. The conversation also looks at the taxis and how safety measures put in place years ago will help it rebound post COVID-19, and how ride sharing services may need to adopt similar measures to achieve growth potential. The conversation closes out with the question: What do cities look like in the future? Ashwini shares insight on how we will move, house, work and feed people as urbanization continues to rise; how we need to prioritize our use of space; his message to elected officials on zoning concerns and questions; and what hyperlocal, 15 minute cities can do to help create a sense of community and evoke a sense of comfort on streets and sidewalks. Learn more about Electric Avenue at www.electricavenue.city. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
How does a quick service restaurant transform itself into a lifestyle brand? For Chipotle Mexican Grill, its all about being real and staying ahead of digital trends to create the ultimate customer experience. Nicole West, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Product for Chipotle, joins host Grayson Brulte this week to discuss the digital experience that Chipotle has pioneered within the industry.Nicole shares her experience building Chipotle’s digital commerce business and how consumer adoption of digital ordering and experiences has led to digital making up 61% of company sales in Q2 2020. She discusses what trends the company saw when it developed the industry’s first ordering app and how they continue to experiment with new ways to engage with customers and drive sales.As the conversation continues, Nicole explains the ways that Chipotle has innovated and disrupted the industry when appropriate, including its ordering app, Chipotlanes, Digital Kitchen, packaging, walk-up contactless pickups, and voice ordering with “Pepper,” all of which uniquely positioned the company to handle consumer shifts to digital when COVID-19 hit.The conversation concludes with some forward-looking observations, how delivery drivers are essential to their business, and a pie in the sky look at delivery methods using autonomous vehicles and drones. Learn more about Chipotle Mexican Grill at www.chipotle.com. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
This week, Rhonda Walthall, Fellow, Prognostics & Health Management at Collins Aerospace, joins host Grayson Brulte for a conversation that looks at the role of predictive analytics and aircraft health management systems in creating safer and more efficient air travel.Rhonda brings us back to her early memories of idolizing fellow Ohioan Neil Armstrong and how he influenced her childhood dreams of being an astronaut and ultimately attending Purdue University to become an aeronautical engineer. She shares stories of her role in the development of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster, including becoming the first civilian woman to fly on the aircraft, and what that aircraft’s legacy is to history.The conversation covers how aircraft health management systems are helping reduce tarmac delays to eliminate delays and create smoother travel experiences; what efforts Collins Aerospace is undertaking as a leader in this space; and how detailed monitoring can reduce heavy maintenance checks that mean less work and less costs for airlines.Rhonda digs into her other passion of supporting young women entering STEM fields and some of the programs that she and Collins are involved with to get more kids interested in science and engineering. The conversation closes out with some insight into when commercial travel will rebound and what role urban air mobility technology will play in the future of aviation. Learn more about Collins Aerospace at https://www.collinsaerospace.com/. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joins host Grayson Brulte to share her steadfast belief that American innovation and ingenuity will help us win the future.Throughout this powerful and empowered conversation, Rep. McMorris Rodgers discusses the key priorities for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including bills to spur AI and autonomous vehicles, among other technologies on the forefront of innovation as a way to incentivize free market American ingenuity and empower entrepreneurs.She looks back on her humble beginnings working on her family’s farm in Kettle Falls, Washington, and explains how it shaped her work ethic and built her approach to governing.Rep. McMorris Rodgers and Grayson look at where future innovation will come from, starting in K-12 through universities as more programs, especially those that combine public and private investment, focus on enriching women and young girls in STEM fields.The conversation closes out with the advice that Rep. McMorris Rodgers’s father gave her when entering politics, which she now shares with others: Be a person to get involved and makes decisions. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
From building software companies to investing in new technologies, Jason Illian, Managing Director at Koch Disruptive Technologies, has seen both sides of the innovation spectrum.He joins host Grayson Brulte to share a venture capitalist’s perspective on investing in disruptive technologies and sectors, how creating a level market playing field that enables the best technologies and companies to succeed benefits society as a whole, and the ways parents can create teachable moments to inspire kids for lifelong learnings.The conversation looks at the trends that are being accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from the education landscape to medical technologies to warehousing and logistics. Jason closes out the discussion by sharing the vision and focus for the future of Koch Disruptive Technologies and offering advice to burgeoning entrepreneurs who want to raise capital for the first time. Learn more about Koch Disruptive Technologies at https://www.kochind.com/companies/koch-disruptive-technologies. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
The State of Florida is open for business and building a name for itself as a hub for the space industry, supersonic jets and autonomous vehicles. Jimmy Patronis, the state’s Chief Financial Officer, is the man who manages all the budgets, keeps the trains running and even serves as the fire marshal. He sits down with host Grayson Brulte to talk about the revitalization of the “Space Coast” and how emerging technology companies can succeed in Florida. Before the conversation kicks off though, Grayson gets Jimmy to explain his ongoing Twitter pursuit of Elon Musk to bring SolarCity to Florida. The two segue into how the “Space Coast” has revitalized itself into the “Comeback Coast” as private sectors have come to Florida to start businesses and add jobs. Jimmy explains the role that government plays in this process to help industries grow and prosper. The conversation explores the commercialization of space flights and how space tourism can bolster Florida’s economy; what’s next for supersonic jets now that Aerion has planted its flag in Florida, fulfilling Jimmy’s obsession with Concordes and supersonic flight; and how the state’s policies are attracting self-driving vehicle companies to relocate to Florida, which will ultimately lower insurance policies for residents. Jimmy digs into how government, and specifically the CFO, can support these burgeoning industries, from ensuring that R&D in space exploration stays in-state to the liability protection bill in the Florida Legislature that will help businesses and the investor community to attracting manufacturing companies to the state. Grayson and Jimmy close out the conversation by discussing what Florida’s economy looks like now and in the future, and how a well-funded pension, a stable economy, and a government that’s open for business can provide new opportunities. Connect with Jimmy Patronis on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JimmyPatronis. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
As the innovation center for Airbus, Acubed is bringing the Silicon Valley approach to advancement to the aerospace industry. Mark Cousin, CEO of Acubed, joins host Grayson Brulte for an in-depth conversation on the aviation innovations that Acubed is working on to improve efficiency and safety. Mark shares with us the important developments that Acubed and Airbus have made over the past 10-15 years to help the organization achieve year-over-year efficiencies; how Acubed has evolved over the past five years to become a more targeted innovation center; and some of the specific innovations, including Fly by Wire, Project Wayfinder and ATOL, that demonstrate the importance of machine learning and AI to enable autonomy that will improve safety of commercial aviation, reduce costs and address the pilot shortage. He also gives a sneak peek at some of the current and future projects in the works at Acubed that will advance Airbus’ vision for innovation, including unmanned traffic management, advanced digital manufacturing, and aerial imaging. Grayson and Mark look at why Airbus has made such a significant investment in Silicon Valley as the area’s strong concentration of talent allows the organization to be agile to changes. They look at the differences in approach and philosophy in Silicon Valley versus other aerospace hubs, like France, and how the Valley’s culture of risk taking can be applied elsewhere. The conversation shifts to the importance of modernizing the air traffic management system to meet the demands of the new forms of mobility occupying airspace and what Acubed is doing to address this problem. Grayson closes out the conversation by asking Mark to share his insight into the future of aviation over the next decade-plus. How will improvements in autonomy be one of the biggest contributions to the future of flight? What importance will the commercial aviation industry place on being more environmentally conscious? How quickly will demand grow for urban air mobility, especially coming out of the pandemic, to allow the services to become economically viable? What role will machine learning and AI play in making this future a reality? And how to build public trust in autonomy? Learn more about Acubed at https://acubed.airbus.com/. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Aerion plans to bring back the Golden Age of Flying, only this time, it will be done by an environmentally conscious, technology-innovative company. Tom Vice, Chairman, President and CEO of Aerion, lends his expertise in supersonic aviation to the podcast for a conversation with host Grayson Brulte on all things Aerion, plus insights into why the aviation industry stopped innovating and what the future holds. Tom walks us through his journey into aviation, from watching every Apollo launch on a small, black and white TV to working on the B2 Bomber to the “most incredible thing” he worked on at Northrop Grumman: the James Webb Space Telescope, which Tom believes could be the tool that finds life beyond Earth. Tom recalls the lessons he’s learned along the way and how they have shaped his vision for innovation and sustainability. Tom shares the vision for Aerion Connect, which builds out the entire travel ecosystem and experience—FBOs, travelling to-from airports, airplanes—to allow travelers to experience the joy of travelling once again. All of this aligns with Aerion’s vison to connect any two points in the world within three hours in a more compassionate and empathetic way, without spending so much time in an airplane. Essentially, get to your destination, enjoy your destination, and learn and love from it. Next, we step into Aerion’s highly anticipated AS2 jet and hear plans for when it will start soaring through the sky. We learn about the fully customizable, highly digitized, “Whisper Quiet” cabin; how “Boomless Cruise” is a game changing supersonic technology that’s closer to commercial reality than most people think; and how the AS2 can reinvent business by cutting significant travel times. The conversation digs deeper into the second revolutionary aspect that Aerion is perfecting: new fuels and power sources. Tom shares how customers, investors and the general public appreciate Aerion’s commitment using biofuels that are kind to our planet and are excited to see the AS2’s aerodynamically clean and efficient engine. Grayson and Tom touch upon Aerion’s partnership with Canadian-based Carbon Engineering and how they are setting Aerion’s advancements apart from the industry. Throughout the conversation, Tom touches on Aerion 2050, the company’s strategic plan to go to hypersonic, branch into supersonics for commercial aviation, what future fuel and power sources will make this a reality, the AS3, and take us inside of Aerion Park in Melbourne, Fla., where the AS2 will be designed, built and tested. To close out, Grayson and Tom discuss why aerospace innovation, specifically with supersonic jets, stopped in the mid-20th Century. From the difficult challenges to overcome environmental and noise concerns to the increased focus on revenue and dollars in commercial aviation, Tom discusses why aerospace, once of the birthplace of innovation, became stagnant; but offers optimism for what the future holds for the industry. Learn more about Aerion at www.aerionsupersonic.com. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 
The mobility ecosystem covers a lot of ground, so who better to provide insight than someone reporting on every facet on a daily basis? It’s a new perspective this week as Alan Ohnsman, Senior Editor of Future Mobility at Forbes, joins host Grayson Brulte to offer insight on the future of transportation. This wide-ranging conversation covers everything from electric vehicles and autonomous trucking to the re-emergence of passenger trains and how we’ll traverse Los Angeles over the next decade, plus a look at some of the major players emerging in mobility. Alan kicks off the conversation at the beginning of his career in Japan, where his appreciation for trains, efficient mass transit and smart cities was born. Grayson and Alan quickly jump into a conversation about all things Tesla: what were Alan’s initial impressions of the company back in 2006 and how has that perception changed, what would happen if Elon Musk stopped tweeting, and what happens to Tesla, A.E. (After Elon)? The electric talk continues with Rivian and the massive capital being generated for EV startups in the space. Alan shares his perspective on the advantages that these startups have over OEMs for developing electric/hybrid battery technologies and when we might see a true electric SUV from a traditional OEM. Grayson and Alan take a look at the role that the 3 A's (Alphabet, Amazon and Apple) are playing in driving autonomy by combining services with mobility, and how that may be the deciding factor for success against more manufacturing-focused competitors, like Cruise. The conversation takes on additional levels as Grayson and Alan explore how TuSimple is driving ahead of the automated commercial trucking pack, what role will Walmart play in mobility, and how does mobility change in Los Angeles over the next 10-20 years? Before the conversation wraps, Alan circles back to trains. The two discuss how rail and companies like Brightline trains are going to be a really interesting part of the mobility ecosystem by connecting the middle distances to create quicker trips and safer roadways. Follow Alan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/alanohnsman and read his articles at www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
The Rideshare Guy, Harry Campbell, hails a ride on this week’s episode to share his first hand expertise on ridesharing and food delivery with host Grayson Brulte.How does one go from being a structural engineer to a finance blogger to one of the leading voices in ridesharing? Harry shares the winding road that led to his blogging venture and the on-the-ground lessons he has learned to help others working in the industry maximize their opportunities.Harry and Grayson step into the political realm as they explore the impacts of California’s AB5 on the rideshare economy. How do drivers feel about this bill? What are the benefits and drawbacks to drivers? How will AB5 impact the ridesharing businesses themselves? And how might a Democratic Vice President candidate elevate this California issue to the national stage?The conversation shifts to the future of food delivery services as Harry and Grayson discuss whether or not consolidations and acquisitions are inevitable, if the industry’s pandemic-driven growth is sustainable, and why food packaging might be the key brand differentiator.The episode wraps up with talk about Amazon’s recent acquisition of Zoox, and Grayson shares some insider perspective on the Amazon-Zoox vehicle and future vision for the partnership. They debate whether the acquisition is a move into autonomous ridesharing, delivery, or both; Is Amazon lagging behind ridesharing leaders like Uber and Lyft in solving complex infrastructure issues; and if a partnership between Amazon and Lyft might completely change the game. Learn more about The Rideshare Guy at https://therideshareguy.com/. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
It’s a unique take on mobility this week as Dr. Peter Weiss, Co-Founder of the Rodeo Drive Women's Health Center in Beverly Hills, California sits down with host Grayson Brulte to discuss the intersection between autonomous vehicles and medical technology advancements. With this episode being recording during a global pandemic, Dr. Weiss briefly touches on how pandemics are identified and the measures we can take to stay healthy and safe as we travel. The conversation shifts to the current COVID-19 pandemic and how the crisis has actually advanced medical and AV artificial intelligence (AI) a generation ahead with people ready for the next generation of services. Dr. Weiss and Grayson dig deep into medical AI advancements and the role they will play in the burgeoning AV market. From what happens if you have an emergency medical condition in an SAE Level 5 AV to what type of standardized cleanliness criteria is needed for shared AVs? The conversation closes out with additional insight on how our reliance and comfort with personal technology is advancing medical AI to levels never before possible. Dr. Weiss shares his perspective on the opportunities Apple has in the healthcare community and the company’s role as a conduit to medical AI. He signs off with insight on how technology is the great equalizer to provide healthcare equality and what the future looks like for medical AI. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 
This week, we dig into the world of mapping as Mark Wheeler, Co-Founder & CTO of DeepMap, chats with host Grayson Brulte about the impact of HD maps on the evolution of autonomous vehicles. Mark takes us on his career journey, from grad school at Carnegie Mellon University to his first job at Apple to the cryptic email that led to his groundbreaking mapping work at Leica to his reluctance to join “that search engine company,” Google. Mark also shares his personal history with his DeepMap co-founder and former Google desk mate, James Wu. Grayson and Mark jump into why HD maps are the missing piece to solve full self-driving. Mark discusses the challenges that HD maps can solve by being able to “look around corners and look 10 seconds into the future." He explains the importance of being able to update maps on-the-go, in a matter of seconds, and how precise localization improves change detection to create a safer mode of transportation. He also disputes Tesla’s claim that a "map-based approach to deploying self-driving cars is not sustainable" by emphasizing the inevitability of HD maps and his energy for the task. Mark shares some more information about DeepMap, detailing the company’s solutions and capabilities, early concepts, goals, the number of countries they’ve mapped, and the investors who have helped them grow and demonstrate confidence in the technology. The conversation closes out with some industry insight from Mark as they discuss how mapping technologies are being incorporated into various mobility market segments as well as how the race to market between robo-taxis and SAE Level 2+ consumer vehicles will shape the future approach to mapping. Learn more about DeepMap at www.deepmap.ai. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. If you like what you’re hearing, please review and comment on your podcast app. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
We are headed for the stars and traveling faster than the speed of sound, as Dale Tutt, Vice President, Aerospace and Defense Industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software, joins host Grayson Brulte to discuss all things aerospace. Dale shares how early moon exploration missions kickstarted his lifelong interest in space and aviation, then offers insight on how private sector investment has jumpstarted us to get to the moon faster, more frequently and even, permanently. As the conversation shifts to Dale’s time at Bombardier and Cessna, he and Grayson discuss the future of supersonic jets: speed of transit, sustainability, business efficiencies and effectiveness, and alignment with eVTOLs that will enable market growth. The passion for flight shines though as Dale recounts his role as the lead for the Textron Air-Land Scorpion project, which culminated in his chance to actually fly the Scorpion, as well as stories about his first solo flight as an instrument-rated pilot. Dale also shares that space is not his “final frontier” but his next frontier. Grayson and Dale dig into the role of simulation and how it helps Siemens’ customers with cost savings, reduced testing and to-market time, and inspires confidence in engineers and investors, alike. They discuss how simulation software is being incorporated in the design of complex aerospace systems and create efficiencies for the creation of best-in-class products. The conversation wraps up with a look at the future of both the commercial and defense aerospace industries, including the impacts of supersonic, hypersonic and electric/hybrid propulsion aircrafts Learn more about Siemens Digital Industries Software at https://www.sw.siemens.com/. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE.Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
We take to the sky as a pioneering voice in VTOL, Mark Moore, Director of Strategy at Uber Elevate, joins host Grayson Brulte to walk through his journey from NASA to Uber and how eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) will lead to redesigned cities with transportation freedom.Mark breaks down the misconceptions of eVTOLs and their benefits compared to helicopters, including reduced noise pollution and the safety parameters built into eVTOL design that create thrusting control redundancies to ensure continued operation even if a part is broken. He shares his unique perspective on how the traditional roles of commercial operators and government agencies have flipped with Silicon Valley leading the charge on the technological innovations and capital investment for eVTOLs.The two discuss Uber’s Elevate strategy of collaboration for the establishment of an ecosystem of developers, public officials and key stakeholders to make the endeavor a reality. Mark compares the current and future eVTOL landscape with that of the early days of aviation and offers his insight on how the industry will evolve over the next two decades to allow city planners to “take off the gloves” and redesign cities for productivity around a nodal mobility system.And for the first time, Mark shares with Grayson how his groundbreaking “NASA Puffin Electric Tailsitter VTOL Concept” paper caught the eye of Google’s Larry Page and ultimately led to a meeting where Larry showed Mark the building where he was going to start the industry’s first eVTOL company. Learn more about Uber Elevate at https://www.uber.com/us/en/elevate/. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. 
The “middle mile” is the segment where Gatik AI is planting its flag. Gautam Narang, Co-Founder and CEO of Gatik AI, joins host Grayson Brulte to talk about how the company’s focus on middle mile autonomous delivery to help alleviate logistical and delivery challenges has set them apart from others in the AV industry.The conversation kicks off with how Gautam’s early life played a major role in the founding of Gatik, starting with his mother’s job as a science teacher in India spurring his interest in robotics to his professional desire to have a big impact on society. Gautam and Grayson discuss recent developments at Gatik, including the launch of the autonomous box truck and partnership with Walmart, which have helped enable the retailer’s rapid growth of online grocery delivery.They also identify Gatik’s target market segments, thoughtful approach to growth, and goal to serve entire middle mile segment with different kind of form factors. As the conversation turns to shifting delivery time expectations, Gautam explains how the further adoption of a hub-and-spoke model has increased the number of delivery routes and need for more trucks, which has allowed Gatik’s autonomous solution to prosper.The two examine COVID-19’s impact on the surge of online grocery shopping and how contactless delivery is here to stay. The conversation concludes with some prognostication of future trends in logistics and “middle mile” autonomous delivery. Learn more about Gatik AI at http://gatik.ai. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.Learn more about SAE’s events by visiting: www.sae.org/attend.
David Estrada, Chief Legal Officer at Nuro, joins host Grayson Brulte to discuss the leading factors of the mobility revolution. David kicks off by sharing the familial inspiration that shaped his well-rounded perspective.The two dive right in to how mobility has changed over the past two years and the role that tech companies’ heavy investment in self-driving cars will shape the future. David then shares his perspective on how an elected official’s first impression of riding in an AV compared to his own. Grayson and David dig into how the vision of Larry Page at Google pushed investment and development into AV.David then shares insights on driving behaviors and what kinds of trips can be replaced by AVs. The two look at what’s next for Nuro’s AV delivery services, why Houston as the ideal test market for AV delivery services, the benefits of Nuro’s vehicles and the greatest challenges for scaling services.The AV conversation shifts to why SAE Level 2 automated systems will eventually become commonplace in future vehicles. And finally, “Tomorrow Man” offers his insights on flying cars and the challenges that urban air/eVTOL must overcome to increase widespread adoption and development in major cities worldwide. Learn more about Nuro at https://nuro.ai/. Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Learn more about SAE’s events by visiting: www.sae.org/attend.
Technological advancements are the backbone for mass deployment of connected solutions. When Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy at AT&T, joins host Grayson Brulte at SAE’s Government/Industry Meeting, they run the gamut of innovations impacting the world around us.As the world shifts focus to 5G, Jeff shares AT&T’s 5G policy, explores what the town of the future looks like and digs into the importance of fiber backhaul for continued advancement. Grayson and Jeff talk about the importance of cyber security as it relates to developing public trust of technology and bridging the gap between politicians and connectivity.Jeff then provides details on the AT&T Drive Studio Lab that has positioned the company in the AV sector with its first facility solely dedicated to connected car innovation and research.Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.Learn more about SAE’s events by visiting: www.sae.org/attend.
To close out the first series of SAE Tomorrow Today, Vince Lichtinger, Manager of Fuels and Emerging Technology Group at the Marathon Petroleum Corporation, talks with host Grayson Brulte at SAE’s Government/Industry Meeting about the changes in the petroleum business over his 31-year career and the impact that Marathon has had on the industry.Vince discusses the ever-increasing importance of educating consumers about petroleum technology as the demand for energy continues to grow. Grayson steers the conversation to get Vince’s thoughts on the industry’s shift to autonomy and how that impacts the future of Marathon.Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.Learn more about SAE’s events by visiting: www.sae.org/attend.
Hospitals aren’t often associated with mobility innovation. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) shifts that thinking.Valentina Graci, Ph.D., a research scientist at CIRP/CHOP, sits down with host Grayson Brulte at SAE’s Government/Industry Meeting to discuss all things child safety in vehicles, including her research efforts on automotive safety, autonomous vehicles warnings, safe seat design and position, seatbelts and why AV designs should consider the current and future unique safety needs of children.Valentina details why CHOP is focusing on AV research, discusses the proper use of booster seats for keeping children safe and looks to when children might ride in an AV without a parent.Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.Learn more about SAE’s events by visiting: www.sae.org/attend.
The career journey of Brad Stertz, Director of Government Affairs at Audi, took him from the news desk to a leadership role in the automotive industry.Brad joins host Grayson Brulte at SAE’s Government/Industry Meeting to talk about the importance of showcasing autonomous technology to local government officials as a way to create understanding and develop legislation.Throughout the conversation, Brad shares his insights on a number of government-related topics, including the differing AV policy laws in New York, California and Florida, as well as how the deployment of scooters in cities compares to AVs.Grayson and Brad discuss the importance of the perception of AV safety among public and government officials, focusing on the false narratives in the Autonomous Vehicle Engagement Reports, building trust and the AV Start Act.Subscribe to SAE Tomorrow Today or visit www.sae.org/podcasts to stay up to date on all the latest information from SAE. Follow SAE on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.Learn more about SAE’s events by visiting: www.sae.org/attend.
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Created by
SAE International
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jan 21st, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 22nd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
29
Avg. Episode Length
41 minutes
Explicit
No
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Episodic
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