Smarter Cars

Smarter Cars

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Smarter Cars is a show about autonomous vehicles and mobility. We’re interviewing key players about the challenges of bringing autonomous vehicles to market, current thinking about deep learning, policy/regulation of all modes, shared mobility and TNCs, micromobility, business models, the impact on cities, and the future of how we live and work. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/smarter-cars/support


SF Supervisor Matt Haney
Jul 15 • 33 min
Today we interview SF Supervisor Matt Haney. He is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 6 (Tenderloin, Civic Center, Mid-Market, SOMA, Yerba Buena, Rincon Hill, South Beach, Mission Bay, Treasure Island). Supervisor…
SFMTA - Hank Willson, Parking and Curb Management
Jun 2 • 48 min
Today we’re talking about how to manage the curb and parking in this age of ridehailing services, micromobility, Amazon and food deliveries, and autonomous vehicles. Our guest is Hank Willson, Policy Manager, in Parking and Curb Management for the San…
rideOS - CTO Chris Blumenberg
May 27 • 31 min
In this episode, we talk with Chris Blumenberg, co-founder and CTO of rideOS. We discuss the rideOS platform which provides a broad set of products and services that can be used as building blocks for developing on-demand services, including both…
Lauren Mattern - Nelson\Nygaard - How Parking Policy Impacts Cities
May 20 • 49 min
In this episode, we talk with Lauren Mattern, a principal at Nelson/Nygaard, about parking policy and how it impacts cities. We discuss street parking and demand responsive pricing, including her work at the SFMTA on the innovative SFpark program. Lauren…
Coord - CTO Jacob Baskin
May 6 • 33 min
The curb is in high demand with TNCs picking up and dropping off passengers, delivery companies pulling over to deliver food, groceries and e-commerce items, and micromobility companies looking to park scooters and bikes. In this episode, we talk with…
Harry Campbell - The Rideshare Guy
Apr 24 • 56 min
Today we’re talking with Harry Campbell, founder of the Rideshare Guy blog and podcast, and the author of The Rideshare Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Driving for Uber, Lyft, and Other Ridesharing Companies. We have a wide-ranging conversation…
Perceptive Automata - Sam Anthony
Mar 22 • 53 min
In this episode, we talk with Sam Anthony, the CTO and co-founder of Perceptive Automata, a company that makes software to help autonomous vehicles understand human behavior. We discuss why it is such a hard problem for autonomous vehicles to understand…
Aeye - President Blair LaCorte
Mar 15 • 53 min
Today we’re discussing Lidar and perception systems with Blair LaCorte, President of Aeye. We discuss Aeye’s technology and business, how Aeye created its products to mimic human perception, and how its products fuse 2D cameras with 3D Lidar to create a…
DeepScale - CEO Forrest Iandola
Mar 8 • 39 min
In this episode, we interview Forrest Iandola, the CEO of DeepScale, about vision and perception software using deep neural nets. We discuss DeepScale’s business, how it works with the rest of the autonomous vehicle technology stack, the state of…
Talking Micromobility with Hong Quan of Karmic Bikes
Feb 28 • 45 min
Today we’re talking about micromobility with local startup founder Hong Quan of Karmic Bikes. We discuss electric bikes, scooters and other form factors, the definition of micromobility, use cases and business models and city infrastructure. —- Support…
TuSimple - Robert Brown
Feb 23 • 35 min
We discuss autonomous trucking with Robert Brown, Director of Public Affairs at TuSimple. We cover the technology used by TuSimple in its autonomous trucks, its current operations which include hauling loads for paying customers in Arizona, and some of…
Reilly Brennan - Trucks VC
Jan 23 • 51 min
Today on the podcast we have Reilly Brennan, a founding general partner of Trucks VC, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on transportation. He also holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University and is the author of the Future of…
Applied Intuition - Qasar Younis, Matthew Colford
Oct 16, 2018 • 58 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Warren Logan - San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Sep 7, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Alisyn Malek - May Mobility
Jul 20, 2018 • 44 min
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. —- Support this…
Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, L.A. Metro
Apr 12, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Ding Zhao - Autonomous Vehicle Safety/Testing (U. Michigan)
Apr 5, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Brian Soublet - California Dept of Motor Vehicles
Mar 29, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Philip Koopman - Carnegie Mellon - AV Safety
Mar 15, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Nico Larco - Urbanism Next @ U. Oregon
Jan 23, 2018 • 70 min
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. —-…
Regina Clewlow - Transportation Researcher UC Davis
Nov 3, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Quin Garcia - Autotech Ventures
Sep 20, 2017 • 33 min
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…
Lucy Yu of the U.K’s CCAV
Jul 26, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Tarin Ziyaee - Voyage
Jul 7, 2017 • 40 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Evangelos Simoudis - Synapse Partners
Jun 16, 2017 • 51 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Darton Ito of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Jun 5, 2017 • 44 min
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…
Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital
May 4, 2017 • 35 min
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…
A Conversation with Adam Thierer
Mar 31, 2017 • 45 min
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?…