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Welcome to the Transportation podcast, by MarketScale: Your home for everything B2B in the Transportation Industry! Join us for new episodes every week featuring conversations with industry leaders as we explore trends in everything from ground, sea, air and space travel.

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Welcome to the Transportation podcast, by MarketScale: Your home for everything B2B in the Transportation Industry! Join us for new episodes every week featuring conversations with industry leaders as we explore trends in everything from ground, sea, air and space travel.

    From ADAS to Autonomy, What Does the Future of Autonomy Hold?

    From ADAS to Autonomy, What Does the Future of Autonomy Hold?

    LeddarTech President and COO Frantz Saintellemy joined host Daniel Litwin on this episode of MarketScale's Transportation podcast to explore the applications and trends surround LiDAR sensor technology and everything it touches, and how the industry is handling a transition from ADAS to autonomous technology.

    Saintellemy has a lengthy career in the space, previously working for Integrated Device Technology as the company’s VP, Automotive and Industrial and as ZMDI AG’s Executive VP, Global Sales.

    On this episode, Litwin and Saintellemy dove into the innovations in sensor technology, the transition from Automated Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to automation, the challenges facing global implementation of autonomy, and more.

    “The most powerful innovation has been in the components side of the technologies,” Saintellemy said. “One of the challenges the industry has always faced was the availability of high-performance components at low cost that could be adopted by passenger cars. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen tremendous acceleration and advancements.”

    In the quest for the global scaling autonomous vehicles, Saintellemy said, standardization will play a major role.

    “For the industry to accelerate, you’re going to see more standardization,” he said. “There will be standard platforms where everyone can operate on the same platform with the same reference, the same definition, the same specs, the same common look and feel … Today, it’s too fragmented. Everyone’s trying to do something different.”

    • 37 min
    An Evolution in Flight Display Systems: The E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument with Andy Smith

    An Evolution in Flight Display Systems: The E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument with Andy Smith

    Aviation just got an upgrade with the Evolution E5 flight display system. Andy Smith, inside sales manager for Aspen Avionics, was on hand to give host Tyler Kern all the details about this affordable and configurable unit, which consolidates traditional attitude indicators and directional gyros into a single display.

    “With the E5, you can take out your existing attitude and DG,” Smith said.

    The E5 also includes vertical speed plus HIS into a single display with a backup battery. Some of the optional software upgrades include True Airspeed, Outside Air Temperature, Winds and GPS annunciations.

    Kern asked Smith if the E5 allowed for the removal of the existing vacuum system, and Smith said yes, “as long as the vacuum system is not tied to an attitude generator that drives the autopilot, or if the attitude needs to be retained for flight director information.”

    “As far as navigation goes,” Smith said, “the E5 will drive most autopilots on the market.” It will require an additional analog converter box to do so.

    “The benefit of interfacing the E5 to any these legacy autopilot systems,” Smith said, “is the E5 does provide GPS roll steering information. That’s nice to have.”

    • 9 min
    The Latest LiDAR Solutions Coming to CES 2020 with Daniel Aitken

    The Latest LiDAR Solutions Coming to CES 2020 with Daniel Aitken

    The biggest tech show of the year, CES 2020, kicks off on January 7th, with the newest in everything from hobby toys to transformative AI. Daniel Aitken, Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at LeddarTech, will be at the conference showcasing the latest technological advancements in LiDAR solutions for autonomous transportation. Aitken sat down with us on MarketScale's Transportation Podcast to give a sneak preview of LeddarTech’s vision for CES 2020.

    “This year, we’re partnering with several different organizations, and we’ll be directly on their booth,” Aitkin said. “This will now allow people to be much more accessible to LeddarTech’s technology and be able to see it in some real-life situations, for example, in an automobile.”

    The strategy this year is for LeddarTech to be able to blanket all of CES instead of one area.

    The exciting product people will get to see at this year’s show is LeddarTech’s Leddar Pixell Cocoon LiDAR. The product provides up to 360° coverage of an autonomous vehicle, which eliminates blindspots, virtually, the surroundings of the vehicle. LeddarTech has more than 50 customers already engaged with the product, and they received an honorary CES 2020 award for it.

    LeddarTech partnered with the government of Canada for this year’s CES 2020, and people can catch demonstrations of Leddar Pixel technology in their area in the Tech East part of the convention center.

    “We’re also working with Karma Automotive, and they’ve designed a concept vehicle with our technology in it, and that will be at our booth as well,” Aitken said.

    For more information about the upcoming CES2020 conference, go to ces.tech, and for more details about LeddarTech’s participation, go to leddartech.com/events.

    • 19 min
    Seeing Each Piece of the Puzzle with Tim Bynum of Mid Continent Controls

    Seeing Each Piece of the Puzzle with Tim Bynum of Mid Continent Controls

    The traditional image of a production job is one of repetitive monotony. On this episode of MarketScale’s Transportation Podcast, Tim Bynum, Production Manager for Mid Continent Controls, sat down with Sean Heath to discuss the way he approaches building the long-term skill set for their employees. The first step in establishing a rewarding career is establishing a few basic skills, Bynum said. “That skill set is like a stepping stone for them to start from the basics and move up to a broader experience level where they can use that in those roles as a supervisor or as a planner or something where their expertise is required," he said. The opportunity to perform several different tasks throughout the production process has helped many of their current employees expand their roles with the company. “We’ve had a couple of employees that have started out in a production area and, based on the experience and based on the knowledge they’ve gained while being a part of the production team, they’ve moved on to other positions in the company," Bynum said. He also shared a few of the trends that are gaining traction in the aviation industry. “The latest thing that’s coming out is the USB-C type product,” Bynum said. “The main thing that seems to be really steady for us are Bluetooth-type products.” Although there is not one specific personality type that is singularly suited for a skill set that includes soldering, curiosity in childhood seems to be a good trait to have, according to Bynum. “There are probably many times that I got in trouble for taking stuff apart and not being able to put it back together,” he said.

    • 14 min
    LHP Engineering Solutions Career Opportunity: Shaping Infotainment Systems as an Embedded Software Engineer with Nate McCray

    LHP Engineering Solutions Career Opportunity: Shaping Infotainment Systems as an Embedded Software Engineer with Nate McCray

    On this new JobCast brought to you by Marketscale, we sit down with Nate McCray, director of talent acquisition at LHP Engineering Solutions to discuss the open role of Embedded Software Engineer. Nate says the ideal candidate is an experienced software engineer with experience in the automotive industry or has a problem-solving, intellectually-curious mind for software that's critical to the overall function of an automobile.

    "This position will help support the all-digital instrument clusters of an actual car," Nate said. "When you look at vehicle infotainment systems and controlling the multimedia functions of that vehicle, you want to have at your fingertips the capability to look up the speed, fuel, trip distance. Or, your phone's phonebook, active voice controls, or navigational systems... When you want to make a call, or do things at your fingertips while staying safe, that is what this position is all about. You're providing an easy to consume manner for the driver of the vehicle."

    Since 2001, LHP Engineering Solutions has been providing engineering services and technology integration for embedded controls, telematics, data analytics, and model-based design. The Embedded Software Engineer will execute the design and develop new, advanced engineering products for vehicle access, helping put intuitive technology at the driver's fingertips.

    Nate shared insight into the company's culture with a nod to Star Wars and answered one of our signature questions -- If LHP was a band, what band would it be.

    Job basics:



    Location: Pontiac, Michigan
    Travel involved: Some travel
    Experience: 5-10 years
    Educational requirement: Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or similar discipline

    If you'd like to apply for this position, head to https://lhpes.com/careers.

    • 11 min
    Uber and Lyft Hit a Road Block in California

    Uber and Lyft Hit a Road Block in California

    It's official. California's senate passed AB 5 on Tuesday, a bill that requires business to hire workers as employees rather than independent contractors. The controversial bill is setting new precedents for the gig economy after heated back-and-forths from lawmakers, union representatives, and gig companies like Uber and Lyft. Though the bill is still contingent on its amendments being passed and Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature, the impact and precedent it's setting could change the fabric of the gig economy, from giving gig workers benefits and unionization protections, to restructuring how gig companies achieve profitability. 
    On this segment from Business Casual, we spoke with Sergio Avedian, senior contributor for The Rideshare Guy, to get a look from the ground on how this bill is being received by the industry, and what it could mean for California's gig economy.

    • 7 min

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