Smarter Cars

28 EpisodesProduced by Michele KyrouzWebsite

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 … read more

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SF Supervisor Matt Haney

July 15th, 2019


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 …

SFMTA - Hank Willson, Parking and Curb Management

June 2nd, 2019


Today we’re talking about how to manage the curb and parking in this age of ridehailing services, micromobility, Amazon and food deliveries, and …

rideOS - CTO Chris Blumenberg

May 28th, 2019


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 …

Lauren Mattern - Nelson\Nygaard - How Parking Policy Impacts Cities

May 21st, 2019


In this episode, we talk with Lauren Mattern, a principal at Nelson/Nygaard, about parking policy and how it impacts cities. We discuss street …

Coord - CTO Jacob Baskin

May 6th, 2019


The curb is in high demand with TNCs picking up and dropping off passengers, delivery companies pulling over to deliver food, groceries and …

Harry Campbell - The Rideshare Guy

April 25th, 2019


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

Perceptive Automata - Sam Anthony

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

Aeye - President Blair LaCorte

March 15th, 2019


Today we’re discussing Lidar and perception systems with Blair LaCorte, President of Aeye. We discuss Aeye’s technology and business, how Aeye …

DeepScale - CEO Forrest Iandola

March 8th, 2019


In this episode, we interview Forrest Iandola, the CEO of DeepScale, about vision and perception software using deep neural nets. We discuss …

Talking Micromobility with Hong Quan of Karmic Bikes

February 28th, 2019


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 …

TuSimple - Robert Brown

February 23rd, 2019


We discuss autonomous trucking with Robert Brown, Director of Public Affairs at TuSimple. We cover the technology used by TuSimple in its autonomous …

Reilly Brennan - Trucks VC

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

Applied Intuition - Qasar Younis, Matthew Colford

October 16th, 2018


In this episode, we interview Qasar Younis and Matthew Colford of Applied Intuition about simulation and its role in developing and testing …

Warren Logan - San Francisco County Transportation Authority

September 7th, 2018


In this episode, we talk with Warren Logan, a senior transportation planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority about the regulation …

Alisyn Malek - May Mobility

July 20th, 2018


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 …

Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, L.A. Metro

April 12th, 2018


In this episode, we interview Joshua Schank, the Chief Innovation Officer for L.A. Metro. We discuss the challenges facing public transit as mobility …

Ding Zhao - Autonomous Vehicle Safety/Testing (U. Michigan)

April 6th, 2018


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 …

Brian Soublet - California Dept of Motor Vehicles

March 29th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss the new California autonomous vehicle regulations with Brian Soublet, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for the …

Philip Koopman - Carnegie Mellon - AV Safety

March 15th, 2018


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 …

Nico Larco - Urbanism Next @ U. Oregon

January 23rd, 2018


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, …

Regina Clewlow - Transportation Researcher UC Davis

November 3rd, 2017


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 …

Quin Garcia - Autotech Ventures

September 20th, 2017


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 …

Lucy Yu of the U.K's CCAV

July 26th, 2017


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 …

Tarin Ziyaee - Voyage

July 7th, 2017


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 …

Evangelos Simoudis - Synapse Partners

June 16th, 2017


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 …

Darton Ito of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

June 5th, 2017


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 …

Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital

May 4th, 2017


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 …

A Conversation with Adam Thierer

April 1st, 2017


In this episode of Smarter Cars, we discuss with Adam Thierer the role of government in regulating autonomous vehicles. Should regulators allow …

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