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The tech-driven disruption of the auto industry cuts across domains, from silicon and software to sensors and AI to smart traffic management and mobility services. Get the chip- to city-scale story in regular interviews with technologists at Siemens and beyond.


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The tech-driven disruption of the auto industry cuts across domains, from silicon and software to sensors and AI to smart traffic management and mobility services. Get the chip- to city-scale story in regular interviews with technologists at Siemens and beyond.




The importance of electronics devices to autonomous vehicles

Today on the Future Car Podcast, Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries, and Conor Peick, Thought Leadership Team Writer, continue a series of conversations on autonomous vehicles and how they will shape the future of mobility. While many details about AVs are uncertain at this time, it’s clear that they will require a significant amount of extremely advanced electronics hardware to operate. Specific numbers may range, but many experts expect an autonomous vehicle will...


Powering the AV: Vehicle electrification and batteries

In the automotive industry, a majority of sustainable development efforts have focused on vehicle electrification as a practical solution for replacing internal combustion engines and fossil fuels to reduce emissions coming from the transportation sector. Today, EVs seem to grow in popularity and capability almost monthly, especially as exciting new models are brought to market. With the future of the automotive industry looking increasingly electric, Nand, VP of Automotive & Transportation...


Bringing Sustainability and Privacy to Autonomous Ride-Sharing with Felix Andlauer - Part 2

In the past, designing a vehicle required addressing issues such as speed, handling, safety, and efficiency, among others. While this is complicated, it is much easier compared to what it’ll take to build autonomous vehicles. Not only do you have to take care of all the vehicle design challenges, but you also have to design its ecosystem. You must consider how it will connect with the infrastructure, its users, and the controller. Effectively combining all of these needs requires the...


Bringing Sustainability and Privacy to Autonomous Ride-Sharing with Felix Andlauer - Part 1

One of the biggest barriers to ride-sharing is the loss of privacy. Most people prefer to ride in a car in silence without feeling like they are being rude. This is one of the biggest benefits of owning a personal car. However, the congestion brought about by people's love for personal cars is simply not sustainable. That’s because it significantly increases carbon emissions and degrades the rider’s experience. Solving this problem would require an affordable electric mobility service that...


Re-Visiting: Anatomy of the new Formula One Race Car with Bob Bell- Part 2

Formula One is evolving to remain relevant and interesting in the 21st century. A unique age where if it isn’t green enough, it can get ‘canceled’, and if it doesn’t trend on social media, it doesn’t matter! This evolution involves making decisions affecting how the engine is designed as well as transforming the sport’s interaction with the fans. F1, like any other successful business, is implementing these changes one step at a time and learning as it goes. In this episode, the second part...


Digital Transformation of the Car Development Process with Dr. Siegmar Haasis - Part 2

What does it really take to make a car? Most people think it just takes a bunch of robots and a few people putting the components together. They aren’t wrong. However, that is just the final stage, the assembly line. Before a car gets to the assembly line, it takes engineering teams in different parts of the world years to create a viable design. This means designing and testing 100s of 1000s of components before creating and testing the complete digital version of the car. Leading such a...


The Complexities of Modern Automotive Software

Software is now a critical component of nearly every modern vehicle. Consumers demand more high-tech features to be incorporated into their cars; therefore, software content has grown. This transition towards a software-defined vehicle is also causing rapid growth in vehicle complexity. To keep up with legacy automotive original equipment, manufacturers and suppliers must deliver innovative software-driven vehicle features while integrating these features into a vehicle's mechanical,...


Digital Transformation of the Car Development Process with Dr. Siegmar Haasis - Part 1

We no longer expect cars to just move us from point A to point B. We also expect them to entertain us, connect to our devices, update themselves, and sometimes self-park. All this while still minimizing their carbon footprint. As our needs increased, manufacturers were forced to change how they designed their cars. Their list of concerns grew from mechanical components to also include software, electronics, and environmental impact. Thanks to digital transformation, manufacturers have been...


Democratizing Air Mobility with Jon Rimanelli - Part 2

How do you avoid a traffic jam in the air? While this seems like a ridiculous question, it's one of the main problems urban air vehicle developers have to solve. That’s because while having a traffic jam on the road can be unbearable, it's harmless, but a traffic jam in the air can be fatal. For urban air taxis to become a reality, they must turn their new flashy and near-fictional idea into something tangible and executable. This will involve working with governments to establish clear and...


Democratizing Air Mobility with Jon Rimanelli - Part 1

When cities ran out of space, people built skyscrapers. This allowed them to take advantage of the space that was already there, waiting to be utilized. Now, as traffic in cities becomes slower and slower due to congestion, there is a need to rethink transportation in such places. After all, why waste the only resource we can’t create more of, time, sitting in traffic? Air taxis are seeking to do exactly what people did with skyscrapers, move part of the traffic into the air. While this...


Uncovering Human-Centered Design with Harry West - Part 2

How far are you from your customers? The farther you are from them, the more difficult it will be for you to create a functional design. The closer you get to your customer, the higher the chances of creating a great design. It allows you to understand what they care about and minimize the possibility of unintentional exclusion. Many great inventions have come from listening to and observing people interact with products. Many capital-intensive products have failed because they failed to...


Uncovering Human-Centered Design with Harry West - Part 1

In a beginner's mind, there are endless possibilities - in an expert’s mind, there are few. To create a great design, you have to keep an open mind. You must be fearless and approach the process from a user’s experience, not from the creator’s experience. Some of the greatest innovations came from a genuine desire to solve the problems of the target users. They came from people who genuinely sought to understand what those people cared about and designed their products with that in mind....


Re-Visiting: Zoox's Journey to Safety with Mark R. Rosekind - Part 1

Back by popular demand, this is a throwback to one of our most loved episodes. Enjoy! With autonomous vehicles, the goal is to get to a point when they can give us a “boring” or uneventful ride. And you may be thinking, “Well, that’s not exciting at all!” But, it’s safe and trustworthy enough for you as a rider to shift your focus from the fact that there is no driver. After all, it’s only after you feel safe that you can fully relax and enjoy the ride as well as all the amenities that come...


Robots - Enhancing Our Security - Part 2

Some robots, such as surgical robots, do precision work in ways a human being can’t. Others can do tedious, repetitive tasks fast and consistently, freeing people to do more productive work. And now we have patrol robots to keep us safe. They patrol a specified area and raise the alarm whenever they spot something suspicious. The biggest strength of such robots is that they can collect, store and analyze a lot of data as they patrol. A question that probably comes to mind when one hears of...


Robots - Enhancing Our Security - Part 1

Safety and security! Every stable government should do everything within its power to guarantee its citizens these two things. One of the ways of improving security is by equipping security personnel with the right tools. In today’s data-driven world, this means solutions that can process more data in the environment they’re deployed in better than a person would. Such a solution would enhance the capability of police officers and other security personnel. This is exactly what Knightscope...


Technology with Purpose - Barbara Humpton - Part 2

“Competition makes us faster, collaboration makes us better.” For a company as big and diversified as Siemens, collaboration opens up a door to creating life-changing products. It allows the company to be at the forefront in tackling global issues such as climate change and degenerative diseases. It also allows the company to play a critical role in supporting the development of smart factories, eco-friendly planes, and autonomous vehicles. To continue elevating collaboration, Siemens has...


Technology with Purpose - Barbara Humpton - Part 1

“The value of innovation lies in its practical implementation.” Over the last 174 years of its existence, Siemens has implemented some of the world’s most impactful innovations. Today, the company is a global leader in combining the real and the digital worlds to create value for its customers. Its ideal placement as a leader in software and hardware has helped it expand its sphere of influence tremendously. To maximize the impact of its innovative products, Siemens has been engaging...


Terra Sound, Patterns of Life from Patterns of Light - Part 2

Imagine having an underground system that can continuously collect data related to traffic, earthquakes, and other vibration-causing activities. One of the biggest advantages that such a system would present is its ability to work all day, and all night, uninterrupted. It would not require light or regular removal of obstructions. That’s exactly what Terra Sound’s acoustic system does for cities and organizations that have ground as well as underground assets. The fact that the data is...


Terra Sound, Patterns of Life from Patterns of Light - Part 1

Technology has now gone underground. It's laying low! Organizations that help protect property, underground assets and provide data on the status of our urban infrastructure, have opened up a new technological frontier. Solutions in this frontier don’t necessarily rely on vision, they can do quite a bit by sensing vibrations. A software-based services company, Terra Sound has developed a distributed acoustic sensing system that uses fiber optics to collect, transmit data for analysis by AI...


Championing Sustainability in Motorsport with Alejandro Agag- Part 2

A few decades back, the idea of electric motor racing would have been seen as ridiculous. Fast forward to today, we have successful electric racing competitions both on water and on land. Making such progress took a few courageous people who were willing and capable of pushing what they knew about motor racing to the edge. Today, such competitions have become a main source of innovation for technological solutions that are taking sustainable transport to the next level. Their success so far...