Trucks and buses are the backbone of economy and society. Without them, the world would come to a standstill. At the same time, commercial vehicle manufacturers have a great responsibility when it comes to their impact on climate change and their role in society as employers and corporate citizens.
In his monthly podcast 'Transportation Matters' Martin Daum, CEO of the global manufacturer Daimler Truck AG, invites prominent guests to discuss highly relevant topics ranging from the future of transportation to sustainability, leadership and ethical business, sometimes taking unexpected positions.
#03.06 | Austin Russell – Entrepreneurship & autonomous trucking
Our guest today is a true wunderkind. Austin Russell filed his first patent when he was 12 and built a cell phone out of a Nintendo device when he was a teenager. He went to Stanford and dropped out after six months. Today his company Luminar Technologies, which he founded when he was 17, is publicly traded and a key player in the field of autonomous driving. Together with Daimler Truck Luminar Technologies is working on making their Lidar technology, a 3D laser scanning high-tech, the state of the art for reliable and safe autonomous trucking (SAE Level 4).
Martin Daum not only talks to Austin Russell about the future of autonomous trucking (SAE Level 4) but also about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Enjoy this very inspiring new episode of Transportation Matters!
#03.05 | Martin Lundstedt – Partnerships & coopetition
Today Martin Daum talks to Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Volvo Group. Both are competitors but also partners, so in this episode of the podcast they will discuss the unique situation of collaborating with a rival.
Some issues – like climate change – are so important that competitors might want to join forces. Together they can speed up the road to a net zero transportation system. What are the hurdles and what are the benefits of working with a competitor?
Today Martin Daum and Martin Lundstedt talk about their joint venture cellcentric, a partnership of Daimler and Volvo to make fuel cell technology ready for mass production.
Enjoy this very special new episode.
#03.04 | Ana-Cristina Grohnert – How diversity works
Today Martin Daum speaks with Ana-Cristina Grohnert, Chairperson of German diversity charter, about diversity in the workplace.
Diversity is an omnipresent buzzword – but what does it actually mean? What advantages do corporations have when they promote diversity? And how do organizations best integrate the different dimensions of diversity?
Martin Daum and Ana-Cristina Grohnert discuss these and further questions around the broad topic of diversity. They give concrete examples of everyday workplace scenarios and tips on how big and small businesses can master the challenge of fostering diversity.
Enjoy the new episode!
#03.03 | Adina Vălean – The road to decarbonization
Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Trucks & Buses, talks to Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, about ways to achieve carbon neutrality. A topic of utmost importance not only for the transport sector, but also for society as a whole.
Although the goal is clear, there are different opinions on how best to achieve it. The latest episode of Transportation Matters looks into this, in depth.
Adina Vălean has been the European Commissioner for Transport since 2019. When Romania joined the EU in 2007, she became a member of the European Parliament. Since then, Vălean has held several key positions, including Vice President of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of the Committee on Environment.
Enjoy the new episode!
#03.02 | Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer – Carbon pricing
In this episode, Martin Daum speaks with Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Edenhofer is the director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is also a professor for Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin and is considered one of the leading German climate economists. Together, they discuss the topic of carbon pricing as a measure to combat climate change.
In the beginning of this year Germany introduced a national emissions trading system for the heating and transport sectors. As of January 1st, carbon emissions due to fossil fuels have a fixed price of € 25 per tonne of CO2- which will increase to 55€ per tonne by 2025. Companies using fuels such as petrol, natural gas or coal must acquire corresponding certificates for emission allowances.
Martin Daum and Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer examine why carbon pricing is indispensable, which countries should urgently apply a similar system and how carbon neutral transport can be achieved.
#03.01 | Dr. Franz-Werner Haas – Successful innovations
Today, Martin Daum speaks with Dr. Franz-Werner Haas about successful innovations. Haas is the CEO of CureVac, a biotech company that creates messenger RNA based vaccines.
Take COVID 19 or, for that matter, climate change - global challenges require entirely new solutions. Often, it is a long way from the birth of an idea to its launch.
In their talk, Daum and Haas tackle vital questions: When is the right time for innovation? From product development to market launch- what does it take for an innovation to become a success? What specific challenges are innovative companies faced with?