47 episodes

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

Smarter Cars Michele Kyrouz

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

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

    Jewel Li - AutoX

    Jewel Li - AutoX

    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 a driver in the car.  We discuss AutoX's technology and business model, the driverless permit process in California, the testing that AutoX is doing in China, the differences in testing, regulation and infrastructure between China and the US, and AutoX's partnerships and ride service pilots. 


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    • 53 min
    Evangelos Simoudis - Synapse Partners

    Evangelos Simoudis - Synapse Partners

    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 Transportation Transformation. We discuss his views on the future of autonomous vehicles, ridehail services, micromobility and public transit. We explore his thesis that next generation mobility - combining intelligent infrastructures provided by cities, with multi-modal transportation and goods delivery services - will require new value chains with novel business models and will rely on the collaboration of three constituencies - the automotive ecosystem, mobility services companies and governments. You can find more about Evangelos and his venture capital work at Synapse Partners here: https://synapsepartners.co/about/


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    • 44 min
    Graham Gullans - Superpedestrian

    Graham Gullans - Superpedestrian

    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 vehicle intelligence to improve safety, reliability and compliance for shared scooters and how Superpedestrian is taking on some of the biggest challenges that shared micromobility operators face.


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    • 39 min
    Modar Alaoui - Eyeris

    Modar Alaoui - Eyeris

    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 monitoring, occupant monitoring, safety and convenience adjustments and personalization, and determining whether a fleet vehicle needs to be cleaned or if items were left behind by a passenger. Eyeris has developed algorithms that evaluate and understand human behavior, surface classification and object localization using cameras and other sensors and an extensive data set built over many years.

    You can find more information about Eyeris here: https://www.eyeris.ai/


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    • 47 min
    Dmitry Shevelenko - Tortoise

    Dmitry Shevelenko - Tortoise

    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 industry, and how Tortoise can help solve operational cost and revenue issues by using tele-operation to remotely reposition scooters to prevent clutter, make scooters more available to find and rent, recharge scooters and provide on-demand rental capability. We discuss Tortoise’s current operations in Peachtree Georgia, and its future plans for deployment in both the scooter and delivery markets.


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    • 36 min
    Matthew Johnson-Roberson - Refraction AI

    Matthew Johnson-Roberson - Refraction AI

    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 business model, providing delivery services to restaurants and grocery stores in Ann Arbor, Michigan, its custom delivery pod that drives autonomously in the bike lane with tele-operation back up, and its future plans for expanding into other sectors and geographies to become the Stripe/Square of last mile logistics and delivery.


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

AVmonk ,

One of the best mobility podcasts

Michele knows her stuff and consistently gets top guests. Highly recommend.

Harry Campbell ,

Off to a great start!

Just discovered the pod but enjoyed the episode with Reilly Brennan and learned a ton! Michelle does a great job at getting high quality guests as I see a lot of familiar names - excited to listen next to the interviews with Warren Logan and Dr. Schank.

Difiggi ,

Interesting guests - well prepared host

Quality pod.

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