Smarter Cars

Smarter Cars

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Smarter Cars is a show about the future of transportation from autonomous vehicles to electric scooters. We believe the future includes all modes of transport if we can choose the right tool for the job for each trip. We’re interviewing key players about policies to encourage multi-modal transport, the role for ride services and autonomous vehicles, reducing personal car ownership, the impact of micromobility, how to redesign our streets and curbs, fair road pricing and the role of transit. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/smarter-cars/support


Sam Kansara - Waymo
Sep 15 • 38 min
In this Season 5 finale, we’re talking with Sam Kansara, a senior product manager at Waymo who is scaling the Waymo One driverless ride service and Waymo Via for trucking and local delivery. Waymo has been the leader in developing autonomous driving…
Jewel Li - AutoX
Aug 6 • 55 min
Today we’re talking with Jewel Li, the COO of AutoX, a company making an autonomous driving system for cars, delivery vehicles and long haul trucks. AutoX recently was the third company to receive a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California without…
Evangelos Simoudis - Synapse Partners
Jul 27 • 47 min
In this episode, we talk with venture capital investor Evangelos Simoudis, Managing Partner of Synapse Partners and author of two books on the future of transportation - The Big Data Opportunity in Our Driverless Future and his newly published…
Graham Gullans - Superpedestrian
Jul 20 • 41 min
In this episode, we talk with Graham Gullans, VP of Business and Corporate Development at Superpedestrian, a company that makes intelligent electric scooters and bikes and now operates a shared micromobility service called Link. We discuss the use of…
Modar Alaoui - Eyeris
Jul 13 • 49 min
In this episode, we talk with Modar Alaoui, the CEO and founder of Eyeris, a company that provides in-vehicle scene understanding for cars with ADAS systems and fully autonomous vehicles. In-vehicle scene understanding can be used for tasks such as driver…
Dmitry Shevelenko - Tortoise
Jul 6 • 39 min
In this episode, we talk with Dmitry Shevelenko, CEO and founder of Tortoise, a company providing remote repositioning services for lightweight electric vehicles such as scooters and delivery robots. We discuss the challenges facing the shared scooter…
Matthew Johnson-Roberson - Refraction AI
Jun 29 • 48 min
In this episode, we talk with Matthew Johnson-Roberson, the CEO and co-founder of RefractionAI, a company that builds and deploys robotic platforms to provide safe and scalable last mile goods delivery in urban areas. We discuss Refraction’s current…
Warren Logan - City of Oakland
Jun 25 • 82 min
In this episode, we talk with Warren Logan, the Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations for the Mayor’s Office of Oakland, California. Warren works closely with the City’s Department of Transportation, Public Works Department and other Bay…
James Wu - DeepMap
Jun 22 • 62 min
Today we are talking with James Wu, founder and CEO of DeepMap. DeepMap creates high definition maps for autonomous vehicles and assisted driving systems, and provides a map engine service with maintenance and updates to the maps. We discuss DeepMap’s…
Jason Stinson - Renovo
Jun 15 • 40 min
In this episode, we talk with Jason Stinson, CTO and co-founder of Renovo. We discuss Renovo’s origin story going back to 2010 - from its original electric supercar The Coupe, to working with Stanford on Marty, to developing an automotive software…
Jody Kelman - Lyft
Jun 1 • 52 min
Welcome to Season 5 of the Smarter Cars podcast. In this episode, we talk with Jody Kelman, Director of Product Management, Lyft’s Self-Driving Platform. We discuss Lyft’s two-pronged approach to autonomous vehicles, including its partnerships with Aptiv…
Sam Baker - Wunder Mobility
Jan 27 • 34 min
In the final episode of Season 4, we interview Sam Baker, co-founder and COO of Wunder Mobility, a company which provides technology to build and scale shared mobility services worldwide. We discuss Wunder Mobility’s business in Europe, its expansion to…
Colin Roche - Swiftmile
Jan 14 • 31 min
In this episode, we interview Colin Roche, co-founder and CEO of Swiftmile. Swiftmile is a company that makes and deploys charging stations in cities for micromobility devices such as electric scooters and bikes. We discuss how Swiftmile deploys in cities…
Jeffrey Tumlin - SFMTA, Director of Transportation
Jan 2 • 36 min
Today we talk with Jeffrey Tumlin, the new head of San Francisco’s transportation agency, the SFMTA, about the challenges of managing city transportation needs as the city grows and the streets don’t get any bigger. We discuss managing the streets for the…
Michael Granoff - A VC Perspective - Maniv Mobility
Dec 19, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode, we talk with Michael Granoff, Managing Partner at Maniv Mobility, for a year-end wrap on the transportation landscape from a venture capital perspective. We discuss his firm’s investments and focus, the future of transportation in cities,…
Jake Sion - COO of Transit
Dec 10, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, we interview Jake Sion, the Chief Operating Officer of Transit. We discuss Transit’s business, the challenges of gathering real time data in cities and how cities can encourage multi-modal transportation in lieu of private car trips.…
Drew Gray - Voyage
Nov 20, 2019 • 40 min
Today we’re talking with Drew Gray, CTO at Voyage, to do a deep dive on the state of deep learning in autonomous vehicle development and to discuss Deepdrive, a new Voyage project to advance research into the use of reinforcement and end to end learning…
Jordan Coleman - Kodiak Robotics
Nov 14, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, we interview Jordan Coleman, General Counsel of Kodiak Robotics, about Kodiak’s autonomous trucking business, the key issues around safety and autonomy, and policy/regulatory challenges the industry faces. Kodiak believes long-haul…
Giovanni Circella - UC Davis - Director, Three Revolutions of Future Mobility Program
Oct 30, 2019 • 43 min
Today we talk with Giovanni Circella, Director of the Three Revolutions Future of Mobility Program at UC Davis. We discuss his research on adoption of shared mobility services, like Uber/Lyft and micromobility, in California and their impact on car…
Robin Chase - Founder and former CEO of Zipcar - On the State of New Mobility
Oct 22, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, we talk with transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase, the co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar. We have a wide-ranging discussion on the state of transportation in cities today, the impact of new mobility services and the policies cities…
SF Supervisor Matt Haney
Jul 15, 2019 • 32 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, 2019 • 47 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 55 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 50 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?…