AVL's Reimagine Mobility Podcast

AVL, North America

Our podcast balances general mobility topics with technical deep dives. We invite you to join us for an episode to share your perspective in our ever-changing industry. Our listeners are not only technical enthusiasts, but also managers and new engineers exploring your topic and looking to gain a high-level understanding of a wide range of topics in the mobility technology field. We cover topics ranging from EV, ADAS, simulation/testing and more.

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EVs & Talent: Navigating Mobility's Future w/ Ashley Taylor
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EVs & Talent: Navigating Mobility's Future w/ Ashley Taylor
Join us in this enlightening episode of "Reimagine Mobility," where we dive deep with Ashley Taylor into the evolving landscape of the mobility sector, focusing on the pivotal roles of human capital, recruitment, and workforce development. Ashley, a seasoned professional in the mobility space, shares her journey from automotive recruiting to founding her own consulting firm, highlighting the significance of talent strategy in the electric vehicle (EV) industry and beyond. Discover the challenges and opportunities in the transition from internal combustion engines to EVs, the impact of hybrid roles, and the vital importance of upskilling in today's job market. Whether you're a job seeker in the mobility sector or a company navigating the shifting tides of talent acquisition, this episode offers invaluable insights. Ashley Taylor, with a rich 15-year career in workforce development and engineering recruitment, is a luminary in guiding entities and individuals in energy, transportation, and mobility. Her insights, shaped by experiences engaging with industry giants and innovative startups like Honda and Rivian, led her to establish Green Tech Resources and ChargedUp Careers. At Green Tech Resources, Ashley consults on workforce strategy and talent attraction, while ChargedUp Careers is her platform for empowering job seekers through tailored career coaching. This dual expertise allows her to offer a unique perspective, bridging organizational needs with individual career aspirations. Away from work, Ashley recharges with her family, bringing a personal touch to her professional insights. Known for her optimism and adherence to the golden rule, Ashley is a revered voice in her field, blending industry knowledge with genuine care. Connect with Ashley on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleytaylorchargedup/ ChargedUp Careers offers transformative career coaching for engineering & technology leaders seeking to elevate their careers or pivot domains towards more fulfilling roles. By fostering intentional action and emphasizing each individual's unique skill set as a solution to organizational challenges, ChargedUp Careers positions its clients as indispensable hires in their desired fields. Check out our website to see how we help individuals just like you!www.chargedupcareers.com Green Tech Resources is a specialized consulting firm in the sustainable transportation field, dedicated to assisting organizations with talent attraction strategy, workforce development planning, and retained search services. By harnessing profound industry insights specifically in sustainable transportation, the firm adeptly addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in this sector, ensuring that companies attract and retain top-tier talent to propel their environmentally-focused missions forward.  Interested in learning more?  Reach out to Ashley direction at ashley@greentechtalent.comIf you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Testing the Future: Mitch Marks on Mobility Evolution
Apr 4 2024
Testing the Future: Mitch Marks on Mobility Evolution
Join us in an enlightening conversation with Mitch Marks from HBK on the Reimagined Mobility podcast. Mitch shares his deep insights into the electrification of mobility, emphasizing the critical role of testing, innovation, and system-level thinking in pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles (EVs) and mobility solutions. Discover how advancements in electric motors, batteries, and testing methodologies are driving the future of mobility towards more efficient, sustainable, and intelligent systems. Mitch also discusses the challenges and opportunities in reskilling engineers, the importance of data in simulation and testing, and a glimpse into the next wave of mobility innovations. Tune in to explore how we're moving toward an electrified future, one test at a time.Mitch has worked in electric motor development since 2014 and specializes in the test and measurement of traction motors and drives. He focuses on developing new testing techniques and accelerating the development process through testing. He has been with HBK since 2017 as a member of the electric power testing team. He has an undergraduate and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison WEMPEC program. HBK (Hottinger, Brüel & Kjær) provides scalable test and validation solutions that enables engineers in transportation, aerospace and defense, and telecom markets to cut time-to-market, drive innovation, and take the lead in a highly competitive global marketplace. HBK offers technology for sensing, data acquisition, data analytics and simulation to cover all aspects of product design, development and deployment. Key applications include electric power train performance calibration, durability testing, and electromechanical analysis. https://www.hbkworld.com/enIf you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Redefining Mobility: The Additive Manufacturing Revolution w/ Fadi Abro
Mar 28 2024
Redefining Mobility: The Additive Manufacturing Revolution w/ Fadi Abro
Dive deep into the transformative world of additive manufacturing with Fadi Abro from Stratasys as we explore how this megatrend is reshaping the automotive industry, from prototyping to manufacturing and beyond. Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and future predictions directly from an insider. Whether you're an industry professional or just fascinated by how cars will be built in the future, this discussion will provide you with valuable insights into reimagining mobility. Fadi Abro is the Global Director of Transportation at Stratasys. In this role, Fadi develops and deploys the Go-to-Market strategies for transportation industry, driving innovative manufacturing methods for use in automotive, rail, motorsports, marine and agriculture. Fadi has more than 12 years of additive manufacturing experience and leads a global cross functional team of sales and engineering experts to drive implementation of additive manufacturing applications.  Fadi joined Stratasys in 2010 with a background in engineering. Prior to Stratasys, he worked for a large automotive tier 1 supplier as a sales engineer.  Fadi holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA in Sales and Marketing. Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care. To learn more about Stratasys visit www.stratasys.com, the Stratasys blog, X/Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
LIDAR Illuminated: Navigating the Future with Paul Drysch
Mar 21 2024
LIDAR Illuminated: Navigating the Future with Paul Drysch
In our latest episode of the Reimagined Mobility Podcast, Stephan Tarnutzer dives deep with Paul Drysch from PreAct Technologies into how LIDAR technology is transforming not just the automotive industry but also other sectors by enhancing safety and operational efficiency. From his journey from Honda Motor to pioneering affordable LIDAR solutions, Paul shares invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities of innovation in automotive safety. Join us as we explore the versatile applications of LIDAR beyond vehicles, the evolving consumer perceptions around vehicle safety, and a glimpse into the future of mobility and technology. Don't miss this insightful conversation on driving the future forward. Paul Drysch is co-founders and CEO of PreAct Technologies, and he is responsible for the launch a suite of flash LiDAR sensors to address various use cases across multiple industries including agriculture, healthcare, smart cities, retail, security, transportation, education or any field that requires detailed 3D mapping and modeling. Paul is a proven business leader, motivator and manager who is excellent at leading early/mid stage startups to their full growth potential. He has closed more than $2.5 billion in deals in the automotive, mobility and connected car markets over the past 17 years. He has founded two companies in this space and and co-founded two more. His passion and knowledge is dedicated to the autonomous mobility space. PreAct Technologies is the market leader in near-field software-definable flash LiDAR technology and integrated SDK (software development kit). Its patent-pending suite of sensor technologies provides high resolution, affordable LiDAR solutions to a wide range of industries including robotics, healthcare, ITS, logistics, security, industrial, consumer electronics, trucking, and automotive. With unmatched quality and accuracy, PreAct’s edge processing algorithms drive technology resulting in 3D depth-maps of small objects at sub-centimeter accuracy up to 20 meters. PreAct’s LiDARs and SDK enable companies and innovators to address the industry’s most pressing business and technology needs. The firm is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with offices in Ashburn, Virginia, and Barcelona Spain.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
AV: Balancing Innovation, Regulation, & Public Acceptance w/ Richard Bishop
Mar 14 2024
AV: Balancing Innovation, Regulation, & Public Acceptance w/ Richard Bishop
Dive into the fascinating journey of autonomous driving with Richard Bishop, a pioneer in the field since 1991. In this episode of the Reimagine Mobility Podcast, we explore the early days of ADAS, the impact of autonomous technologies on various industries, and what the future holds for autonomous vehicles. Join us as we discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in reimagining mobility.Subscribe for more insights into the future of mobility Follow us on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/avl-north-america/Find Richard’s Automated Driving Industry Trends Report available for downloads at www.richardbishopconsulting.com. Richard Bishop has over 25 years of experience in the domain of intelligent, connected, and automated vehicles and how these interact with our transportation system and society, including automated cars, trucks, and robotaxis.  He provides strategic consulting to automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and tech firms, as well as advising federal and state government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Bishop serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the American Trucking Association’s Automated Driving Study Group.   He founded the International Task Force on Vehicle Highway Automation, which had its 25th Annual Meeting in 2022.  Prior to establishing Bishop Consulting in 1997, Mr. Bishop was Program Manager for Vehicle-Highway Automation at the USDOT Federal Highway Administration.   He holds engineering degrees from Auburn University and Johns Hopkins University, plus an M.A. in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from Tai-Sophia Institute. Richard BishopPrincipal | Bishop Consulting+1 443.695.3717www.RichardBishopConsulting.comIf you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Micro-Mobility Marvels: Powering Sustainable Transportation Innovations w/ Christopher Borroni-Bird
Mar 7 2024
Micro-Mobility Marvels: Powering Sustainable Transportation Innovations w/ Christopher Borroni-Bird
In this engaging episode, Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird, founder of Afreecar LLC, delves into the transformative journey toward sustainable mobility solutions. Transitioning from his early career in major automotive companies, Chris embarked on a mission to harness innovation for the planet's benefit. The podcast highlights the Afreecar initiative, a testament to Chris's vision of providing solar-powered mobility in developing countries, addressing these regions' unique challenges. Through a blend of sustainability and design philosophy, Chris envisions a future where global mobility is not only accessible but also harmonious with the environment. The discussion extends to the broader implications of such sustainable practices on global climate change and the potential for design to catalyze significant positive change in communities worldwide. Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird is Founder of Afreecar LLC and an expert on sustainable and affordable mobility for ALL the world’s people. This builds on his 25-year career leading advanced mobility initiatives at several major organizations as well as volunteering in sub-Saharan Africa.At Afreecar he is a senior advisor on future mobility to McKinsey and is also sought out to provide independent technical due diligence on future mobility solutions and companies in vehicle autonomy, connectivity and electrification. Separately, Afreecar is also developing an e-kit that power assists non-motorized vehicles while also transforming them into mobile power sources, which has many applications in both the developing and developed worlds. He served as Waymo’s Chief Engineer for Future Vehicle Programs and has been a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab. From 2012 to 2017, he was Qualcomm’s VP of Strategic Development, responsible for wireless automotive solutions. Prior to this, he led GM’s Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V), the world’s first drivable vehicles to demonstrate today’s accepted vision of future mobility (and extensively deployed at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo). He led GM’s Autonomy, Hy-wire and Sequel “skateboard” electric vehicle concepts, now widely adopted by the Auto Industry, and has 50 patents. He is co-author of “Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century”, with Larry Burns and the late Bill Mitchell (MIT Press, 2010). Before joining GM in 2000, he led Chrysler’s gasoline fuel cell vehicle development. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame as a Young Leader in 2000 and was one of Automotive News’ inaugural “Electrifying 100” in 2011.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Revolutionizing Mobility: The Intersection of Technology, Safety and Design w/ Mary Joyce
Feb 29 2024
Revolutionizing Mobility: The Intersection of Technology, Safety and Design w/ Mary Joyce
In this episode, we delve into the transformative impacts of electrification and connectivity in the automotive industry, exploring how these advancements reshape vehicle design, functionality, and safety standards. Mary Joyce, a seasoned industry expert with a rich background in automotive technology and leadership at UL Solutions, shares her insights on the evolving role of regulatory bodies in ensuring the safety and reliability of emerging automotive technologies. We also discuss the challenges and future directions of testing and certifying advanced automotive systems, the global regulatory landscape, and the ongoing debate over centralized computing in vehicles. Joyce's perspectives illuminate the potential future of electric vehicles and the automotive industry's path toward safer, more connected, and sustainable mobility solutions.Mary Joyce2023: Automotive Hall of Fame Industry Influencer Awardee2022: Board Member:  California Mobility Center2021: Advisory Board Member: Enertech Capital2019 - present: Global Vice President & General Manager Critical Systems and Mobility:  UL Solutions2017: Vice President North American operations; Transportation Division, SGS21 yrs: OEM experience8 yrs: Automotive supplier experience13 yrs: Business ownership: Software Application development14 US patents: Alternate propulsion, software, electronicsWalter P. Chrysler awardee:  Technology advances in the area of alternate propulsionMBA: International business and AnalyticsMS: Electrical EngineeringBS:  Computer Electrical EngineeringPersonalDetroit native, living near Tampa, Florida currently.4 children; 4th grandchild arriving in a few weeks!A global leader in applied safety science, UL Solutions transforms safety, security, and sustainability challenges into opportunities for customers in more than 100 countries. UL Solutions delivers testing, inspection and certification services, together with software products and advisory offerings, that support our customers’ product innovation and business growth.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
From Diesel to Electric Navigating the Shift in Heavy-Duty Transportation w/ Phil Stephenson
Feb 22 2024
From Diesel to Electric Navigating the Shift in Heavy-Duty Transportation w/ Phil Stephenson
In this episode of AVL's Reimagined Mobility Podcast, Phil Stephenson from PACCAR delves into the electrification and alternative propulsion systems for heavy-duty trucks, emphasizing the industry's shift towards reducing CO2 emissions. Stephenson brings his extensive experience in diesel engines, thermal management, and battery systems into a discussion that covers the challenges and strategies of electrifying heavy-duty vehicles, the potential of hydrogen fuel cells, and the role of policy and industry collaboration in overcoming infrastructure and technological hurdles. This conversation provides deep insights into the future of sustainable heavy-duty transport and PACCAR's approach to navigating these changes. Dr. Philip Stephenson is General Manager, PACCAR Technical Center. He has held this position since 2012. Prior to his current position, Dr. Stephenson was Vice President, Exide Technologies. Before joining PACCAR, he worked as Director of Product Development and Engineering with A123 Systems where he led engineering teams in the US and Germany. Dr. Stephenson was also Chief Engineer for product development and validation at automotive supplier Behr and was instrumental in the expansion of Behr’s test facilities to support their North American automotive business. Early in his career, Dr. Stephenson worked as a computational fluid dynamics simulation engineer at Mercedes Benz Research in Stuttgart, Germany, an engineering manager at Fluent Inc. (now Ansys) and an executive at CD-adapco (now Siemens) At the PACCAR Technical Center, Dr. Stephenson leads teams responsible for product validation of Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks and for development, calibration and testing of PACCAR diesel and alternative fuel powertrains for North America. Dr. Stephenson earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services, information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business. If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Middlelayer Mobility Software Development w/ Vivek Jaikamal
Feb 15 2024
Middlelayer Mobility Software Development w/ Vivek Jaikamal
This week, we're venturing into the future of transportation with a special guest, Vivek, a leading innovator from Apex.AI. Together, we'll explore how cutting-edge technologies and visionary ideas are setting the stage for a revolution in mobility. Vivek's unique insights and experiences at Apex.AI provide a fascinating glimpse into the advancements shaping our travel tomorrow.  Apex.AI aims to provide a robust, safety-certified middleware framework for companies to build their applications on top, allowing them to differentiate their vehicles based on the Apex middle layer. This allows OEMs to differentiate their vehicles based on the applications, regardless of the underlying hardware and operating system being used. By providing a safety-certified middleware framework, Apex.AI aims to provide a reliable platform for companies to build their applications and differentiate their vehicles. Your journey into the next era of transportation begins here. Don't miss this insightful conversation that bridges dreams and reality in the mobility sector. Tune in to the Reimagined Mobility Podcast on your favorite streaming platform and witness the future unfold with Vivek and Apex.AI Join our community of innovators, thinkers, and explorers by following us on social media and sharing your thoughts on this episode. Ready for more? Subscribe to our series for a regular dose of inspiration and stay at the forefront of mobility innovation.  Vivek is the Director of Business Development of Apex.AI. In his role, he leads the business development activity for Apex.AI in North America, enabling the transition of automotive and non-automotive OEMs to software-centric development by adopting a truly cutting-edge framework and methodology derived from the ROS open-source community.Vivek is a pragmatic engineering and business professional, passionate about leveraging the power of software to solve real-world problems. During his early years in the automotive industry, he worked in the General Motors team that developed the first stability control system to make cars safer in tricky road conditions. In his subsequent roles at Bosch and AVL, he helped several automotive OEMs reach their goals of developing safe and reliable mobility solutions using innovative approaches, advanced development tools and safety-certified operating systems. During this time he also co-authored several SAE papers highlighting those methods and tools.Vivek obtained a Management Certificate from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, a master’s degree in engineering from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. https://www.apex.ai/If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Automotive Aftermarket Technology and the Future w/ Jeff Varick
Feb 8 2024
Automotive Aftermarket Technology and the Future w/ Jeff Varick
In this episode, of Reimagine Mobility, Stephan sits down with Jeff Varick, Founder and CEO of Brandmotion, LLC to discuss the impact of aftermarket products on the mobility sector. Jeff Varick is Founder and CEO of Brandmotion, LLC, a Novi, Michigan-based vehicle safety systems development company focused on improving vehicle safety performance through retrofit and original equipment technology integration.  Brandmotion is a developer of highly integrated vehicle retrofit safety solutions for the automotive aftermarket.   Brandmotion distributes OEM-quality advanced safety technology solutions under the Brandmotion brand through its North American network of over 2,500 installers, fleets and dealers. In addition, Brandmotion develops and supplies custom safety solutions for some of the nation’s largest commercial, specialty vehicle manufacturers and upfitters.  Brandmotion is also a pioneer and market leader in integrating Connected Vehicle (CV) solutions to advance V2X communication technology to greater numbers of cars and trucks already on the road.  The company has served in the Vehicle Integrator role for over 40 US CV Deployments and has installed more V2X onboard units in vehicles in North America than any other entity.  As Vehicle Integrator, Brandmotion is responsible for all sourcing, verification, system integration, installation, and field support of the vehicles.  Brandmotion has won numerous awards from SEMA, the leading aftermarket association, including Manufacturer of the Year in 2016.  In 2017,  Jeff was honored by the SEMA PRO Council as Person of the Year for his leadership in leading the aftermarket into the Connected Vehicle era.    Jeff also serves on the Global Board of Directors of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Brand Identity In the Global EV Market w/ Joe Grace
Feb 1 2024
Brand Identity In the Global EV Market w/ Joe Grace
In this episode Stephan sits down with Joe Grace to discuss global mobility trends, the role of hybrids in the future, the next advancement in passenger vehicles, and differentiating between brands. Electric vehicles (EVs) are a growing category, with hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and range-extended electric vehicles featuring gas engine generators for electrical power. These vehicles have variable-sized batteries, ranging from the minimum to some in some cases. Larger batteries can provide the EV experience if the consumer plugs in and charges up while consuming the battery, allowing the gas engine generator to generate electrical power. The complex emission requirements and electrification issues make EVs challenging to achieve. Some manufacturers strive to achieve a fully electric solution with zero emissions while providing the necessary range. However, North America's truck market is particularly challenging, with pickup truck owners used to heavy payloads, towing, and long distances. The Cybertruck, a new offering from Ford and General Motors, aims to meet these consumer needs, but it is challenging to meet all their needs. Manufacturers face challenges blending passenger cars with electric vehicles due to pressure on aerodynamics and energy efficiency. The general shape of sedans and crossover SUVs is similar, making it difficult to differentiate between them. The convergence of shape and performance is particularly challenging for electrified vehicles, which offer incredible performance numbers. To differentiate and maintain brand consistency while providing a unique experience, manufacturers must differentiate their products while still appealing to consumers.Recently retired from Stellantis, Joseph M. Grace led the Physical and Functional Design & Integration organization. In this assignment Grace had responsibility for the global development of all Stellantis product programs from Concept Development, Virtual Engineering and Vehicle  Integration through final Validation across the 14 Stellantis brands. The group has responsibility for all segments and global markets.  Prior to this assignment, Grace led the Total Vehicle Integration organization at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which led all vehicle development, integration and validation globally.From 2018 to 2021, Grace was responsible for Maserati Product Development in Modena, Italy with full responsibility for Maserati and Alfa Romeo product programs. From 2012 to 2018 was responsible for Advanced Concepts and Platform Development at FCA.  In this position, Grace led the creation phase for all future vehicle programs and the development of new architectures to support global applications.  Previously, he held the position of Vehicle Line Executive – Street and Racing Technology (SRT) and A/B Segment Vehicles, Chrysler Group. In this position, Grace was responsible for the engineering management of all current and future SRT vehicle platforms along with the on-track motorsports efforts for factory-supported motorsports teams.  Grace was also responsible for A/B Segment Vehicle Programs.First joining the former Chrysler Corporation in 1985 as a product engineer, Grace led numerous product programs in Body Engineering, Vehicle Integration, Manufacturing and Program Management.Grace holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan (1992), a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn (1987) and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1985). If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Transitioning To a Decarbonized Economy w/ Thomas Wallner
Jan 25 2024
Transitioning To a Decarbonized Economy w/ Thomas Wallner
The Transportation and Power Systems division focuses on assisting in the transition to a decarbonized economy, specifically in mobility, electricity generation, and storage for mobility applications. Argonne is focusing on the reliability of electric vehicle charging, particularly DC fast charging, as a benchmark for the success rate of refueling.  There must be a paradigm shift in how we think about refueling versus recharging. Some see the potential for electric vehicles to be an additional drag on the grid. However, if electric vehicles are connected to the grid, distributed batteries could be leveraged as a resource to stabilize and provide services. This shift in thinking about electric vehicle charging is a significant step towards a more sustainable and efficient future. Further energy savings opportunities are available with connected and automated vehicles. Extensive analysis and experimental work is underway, focusing on the impact of automated vehicles on traffic around the eco vehicle. While eco vehicles may be fuel-efficient, overall energy consumption may increase if they disrupt traffic flow. The integration of AI, ADAS and ADS automated driving features has allowed for a more integrated view of systems of systems. Argonne is interested in how people engage with the system, as full automation is still a few years away. This could have larger energy implications than building the perfect system. The focus on energy savings is not limited to edge cases but extends to the everyday, mundane cases that occur repeatedly. The lab is interested in understanding how people might engage with the system, as this could significantly impact overall energy consumption. The lab's engineering teams are working to understand how people might engage with the system and make informed decisions about adopting eco vehicles.Dr. Thomas Wallner is the director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Transportation and Power Systems (TAPS) division. His team leverages its groundbreaking experimental and analytical capabilities to accelerate the development of sustainable mobility and power technologies to achieve the aggressive U.S. decarbonization goals. TAPS focuses on conducting systematic and deep analyses of all sustainable mobility technologies for on-road vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty, non-road construction, agriculture, mining, rail, marine, and aviation sectors as well as decarbonizing stationary power generation, including combined heat and power systems. TAPS expertise and capabilities provide workforce development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative solutions for decarbonization that will support our nation’s transition to a cleaner and more sustainable transportation and power generation future that benefits everyone.Thomas holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Graz University of Technology, Austria, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers including 30 journal papers and several book chapters. He is an active Fellow Grade member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and has been serving as a session organizer and chair at several national and international conferences.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Transforming the In-Vehicle Electronic Experience w/ Mike Kenhard
Jan 18 2024
Transforming the In-Vehicle Electronic Experience w/ Mike Kenhard
The automotive industry is expected to face challenges in meeting the same aggressive launch program processes and technological leaps as the consumer space. This shift in consumer demand for fast, iterative development will impact the automotive industry as people become accustomed to rapid technological advancements. This could affect companies' ability to release new products every three years. In the future, the vehicle experience will be viewed as a mobility experience, extending personal preferences such as infotainment and navigation. This will transform into an entertainment, business, and communications space, with autonomous vehicles driving this shift. The future of vehicles will focus on these purposes, with interior electronics significantly maximizing space. Autonomous vehicles will open up endless possibilities, and electrification will play a significant role. The future of vehicles will offer a space for socializing, chatting, and eating while charging, transforming how we interact with the road. Historically, vehicle purchases were based on engine size. However, with electrification, the focus is now on the in-vehicle experience, with luxury solutions providing an exhilarating experience. Consumers are making buying choices based on the overall vehicle experience, with significant increases in screens, display sizes, and functionalities available today. In this episode, Stephan Tarnutzer sits down with Mike Kenhard, CTO and VP of Engineering for Alps Alpine to discuss topics surrounding consumer electronics in mobility, the way software changes our view of mobility, AI use today and key mobility technology markets. Previously Mike has held roles as General Manager of XL Fleet (a commercial vehicle electrification company), and significant roles in leading engineering consultancies including President of IAV North America and as Engineering Director for AVL. Mike has also spent time with DENSO in both the US and Europe and with Ford of Europe. Alps Alpine conducts business across three segments: Components, Sensors and Communication, and Modules and Systems. Our products and services tend to the needs of customers in many different sectors, including automotive, consumer electronics, mobile devices and gaming markets. We also look to break ground and expand our horizons in new application domains, such as industrial equipment and the Internet of Things. https://www.alpsalpine.com/e/If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Incremental Innovation, Drives Market Adoption w/ Alan Berger
Dec 28 2023
Incremental Innovation, Drives Market Adoption w/ Alan Berger
Potential and great things characterize the hype cycle for technologies in the industry, but the market assumes a 100% solution in the next few years. Predictable incremental innovation drives primary adoption. This is due to end users' ability to absorb the technology, especially in off-highway spaces. The market is moving towards incremental functions that make machines more efficient and enable new operators to work better for extended periods. Automation is more relevant in the industry, and while there has been hype about autonomous cars, significant technological advancement is still needed for on-road autonomy. The Ag space is the most conducive to full or close to full autonomy, as it offers a combination of uninhabited environments, stability, and well-controlled environments. The triple technology challenge refers to the complex environment of alternative fuels, automation, and connectivity. The industry grapples with different diesel emissions levels, regulations, environmental conditions, and infrastructure. The impact on OEMs and customers is significant, as it may lead to new ways of going to market and business models, but it may also force changes in business models. This is the core of the industry's ongoing struggle with changing technologies.There is a productivity opportunity from looking at systems in the farm and construction industry. Instead of looking at individual machines, we should look at how that machine interacts with the environment, other machines, and other processes.abcg™ is a commercial vehicle advisory practice that offers unrivalled experience, deep industry knowledge and an external 360o perspective to clients, qualifying them to deliver accelerated, sustainable transformation that propels business performance from good to exceptional. Equally focused on delivering successful outcomes as well as conceiving strategy, abcg™ help to identity and remove points of friction and provide hands on support to implement the required change. Alan Berger is Managing Partner at abcg™, a commercial vehicle advisory practice.   Alan has over 30 years of international product development experience in the off-highway vehicle industry, much of which he gained through roles of increasing importance with Volvo Construction Equipment culminating in the role of Senior Vice President, Technology followed by Chief Technology Officer at CNH Industrial.   Alan also serves as Independent Director at Multi-Wing A/S in addition to being past board chair of the SAE ITC.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
AI Data Tool Suite for Annotation, Calibration & Validation w/ Mohammad Musa
Dec 21 2023
AI Data Tool Suite for Annotation, Calibration & Validation w/ Mohammad Musa
In this episode Stephan is joined by Mohammad Musa Founder and CEO of Deepen. Deepen provides the only safety-first full AI data tool suite for annotation, calibration & validation. Data adaptation is a crucial aspect of transforming sensor suites, enabling the interpretation and validation of data from various camera types and thermal sensors. The precision of this data adaptation is achieved through fine-grained pixel-level accuracy, allowing for multi-modal ability in light, camera, and radar over time. Balancing automation and human involvement is crucial for ensuring accurate results and minimizing mistakes. Considering economics while balancing automation and human input is essential to avoid potential errors. Automated quality checks and validation processes analyze AI and human actions across multiple runs, using heuristics and signals to create a workflow for productive labeling operations. To ensure return on investment, customers should ensure solid data collection and calibration, avoid garbage-in and garbage-out scenarios, and collect data that aligns with the vehicle's operation. Mohammad Musa started Deepen AI in January 2017 focusing on AI tools and infrastructure for the Autonomous Development & Robotics industries. Prior to Deepen, Mohammad was the head of Launch & Readiness at Google Apps for Work where he led a cross functional team managing product launches, product roadmap, trusted tester and launch communications. Before Google, Mohammad worked in software engineering and technical sales positions in the video games and semiconductor industries in multiple startups.DeepenMulti-sensor data labelling and calibration tools and services to accelerate computer vision training for autonomous vehicles, robotics and more.-          Labelling accuracy, delivered fast with our in-house team-          Special multi-sensor calibration bundle-          Customizable solutions to suit your needsThe only safety-first full AI data tool suite for annotation, calibration & validation.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Commercializing AV/EV Distribution Yards: Automating Logistics w/ Tom Baroch of Outrider
Dec 14 2023
Commercializing AV/EV Distribution Yards: Automating Logistics w/ Tom Baroch of Outrider
Stephan is joined by Tom Baroch, Sr. Director of Global Partnerships at Outrider to discuss the commercializing of AV/EV distribution yards and automating logistics.  The distribution yard is a crucial link in the supply chain, serving as a transition point between warehouses and the open road for over 20 billion tons of freight annually. However, inefficiencies and unsafe manual tasks in these yards have led to bottlenecks in the supply chain. Over the past three years, these inefficiencies have led to diesel trucks idling in the yard, waiting for trucks or trailers, causing delays of up to four hours. Yard trucks contribute significantly to the global carbon footprint, emitting 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide. The future of yard operations is autonomous and electric, eliminating manual tasks for greater efficiency and safety. The private, confined space of yard operations is ideal for autonomy. Commercializing heavy-duty trucks with EV technology is a great place to start, reducing emissions and supporting the adoption of sustainable freight transportation. This aligns with forward-looking enterprises aiming to reduce emissions by having all-electric fleets in the next 10-20 years. Automating a yard involves more than just an autonomous truck. Outrider's product is a comprehensive system that addresses operational challenges for customers. It includes a mission control dashboard allowing customers to control trucks and moves within their yards. The dashboard has an API that integrates with the customer's yard management system, directing trucks and trailers accordingly. They also handle deployment, infrastructure, and dock doors, making it a complete turnkey solution. Our focus on automation makes our product a winning solution. The focus is on the system's overall throughput for the whole yard, not the speed of the trucks. The truck uses cameras and LiDARS to scan and geo-locate trailers, increasing efficiency continuously. The goal is to improve the total throughput of the yard, which can be operated with fewer yard trucks and with more accurate, safe, and efficient manual operations.Tom Baroch is the Sr. Director of Global Partnerships at Outrider. He's responsible for designing, building and leading Outrider's supply chain and partnership ecosystem. Prior to Outrider, Tom spent over a decade developing and scaling supply chains that make mobility safer and cleaner at Bosch, Tesla and Waymo.Outrider, the leader in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider works with logistics-dependent enterprises to eliminate manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. With its customers representing over 20 percent of all yard trucks operating in North America, Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, Koch If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Bridging the Gap Between Consumer Electronics and the Automotive Industry w/ Thomas Bock of Porsche Digital
Dec 7 2023
Bridging the Gap Between Consumer Electronics and the Automotive Industry w/ Thomas Bock of Porsche Digital
OEMs can differentiate themselves from competitors by customizing technologies like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to their needs and brand image; making it easy for customers to access and use these services is a differentiator. Building a platform on top of Apple or Google's technologies is a good option, but it requires much effort and resources. OEMs invest in making it a customer choice by providing onboard systems that can use CarPlay or Android Auto to help customers switch to connected services. The ease of access to these technologies allows OEMs to differentiate themselves.The automotive industry needs to focus on updated ability and flexible software. This includes bridging the gap between consumer electronics and the automotive industry. However, upgrading hardware without adding complexity to the overall system is challenging. It isn't easy to achieve a universal platform across the industry. Thomas Bock is the Sr. Engineering Manager at Porsche Digital Inc. where he guides engineering teams building Porsche’s next- generation digital products. Recently his team has launched two products: Apple® Maps EV Routing and My Porsche in Apple CarPlay®Previously, Bock was the Director of Vehicle Integration & Testing at Samsung Smart Machines, a part of Samsung Electronics, that developed a full-stack SoC- based ADAS platform solution for Tier1s and OEMs. He led teams responsible for the integration of the platform into the development & test vehicles, the data collection software and data collection operation as well as the validation and verification of the platform through Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) to Vehicle-in-the-loop (ViL) testing. In addition, he contributed to the SAE/DIN spec. 91381 as well as to a handful of SAE EDGE™ Research Reports about automated driving simulation & testing, HD Maps, and In-Vehicle User experience.Bock has 20+ years of experience within the automotive industry. Prior to joining Samsung and Porsche, he worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (1998-2018) where he contributed on the original Mercedes prototype for Internet in the vehicle, wireless communication for safety and infotainment (early DSRC), connected navigation, first iPod integration and multiple telematics concepts for show cars.Bock was part of the team that developed the Mercedes-Benz Apps and launched them as a product in 2011. In the years following the launch, he worked on expanding the services and bringing them to all carlines and markets. From 2014 on he worked on the specification and pre-development of HD Maps and Localization for the Level 3 Highway Chauffeur Mercedes product, that was successfully handed over for development to the engineering group in Germany and is now in current S-Class as Drive Pilot product. After that, he worked on the Daimler/ Bosch project for “Urban Automated Driving” where he led the team on HD Maps and services for Level 4 Automated Driving.Bock is originally from Germany and earned his Dipl.-Ing. (U.S. equivalent - Master of Science) in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from University of Siegen, Germany. ·         Company -> https://www.porsche.digital/If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Exploring Marine Mobility w/ Deep Bandyopadhyay of Fairbanks Morse
Nov 30 2023
Exploring Marine Mobility w/ Deep Bandyopadhyay of Fairbanks Morse
Electrification is another significant focus for the Navy, as it aims to reduce the need for power sources like diesel engines and gas turbines. The power is consumed by shafts and used for various applications, such as propulsion, missile launch, and navigation systems.  Two challenges arise in a ship: weight and space. Engines need to be more power-dense. The uncrewed mission can last 90 days, ensuring no service is required. Early detection of combustion anomalies allows for additional centrifuge-driven solutions. Advanced technologies like Common rail and a complete fuel purification system are also included. The Department of Defense faces significant costs due to diesel fuel, which accounts for 1% of the US's total fossil fuel use. The Navy and Marine Corps are the first to experience severe weather impacts and are the ones affected. To address this issue, the Navy is working on transitioning to carbon-neutral or carbon-free fuel. Additionally, they are working on monitoring engine behavior to provide predictive maintenance and parts for ships. The development of the highest power density engine is also being considered. Deep Bandyopadhyay stands out as an accomplished engineering leader with an extensive background spanning over 18 years in various transportation industries. Renowned for his ability to steer multimillion-dollar programs and pioneer innovative solutions, he excels in new technology development, product strategy formulation, and cross-functional collaboration. Dr. Bandyopadhyay's leadership has consistently delivered results, managing engineering teams and programs with P&L exceeding $50M and spanning across the globe. Currently serving as Director at Fairbanks Morse Defense, Dr. Bandyopadhyay leads the New Product Development team, driving the creation of pioneering products to facilitate the organic and inorganic growth of the company. He is instrumental in devising top-level strategies aligned with the US Navy's decarbonization and electrification objectives.  Dr. Bandyopadhyay's journey has also encompassed impactful roles at Caterpillar (Progress Rail) and FEV, where he strategically advanced emerging technologies and guided transformative product development efforts, always in sync with global market trends. Notably, he holds more than 20 patents in the field of engine development, safeguarding his legacy of innovation. Deep Bandyopadhyay holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) builds, maintains, and services the most trusted naval power and propulsion systems on the planet. For more than 100 years, FMD has been a principal supplier of a growing array of leading marine technologies, OEM parts, and turnkey services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and Canadian Coast Guard. FMD stands ready to rapidly support the systems that power military fleets without compromising safety or quality. In times of peace and war, the experienced engineers, sailors, and technicians of FMD demonstrate our commitment to supporting the mission and vision of critical global naval operations wherever and whenever needed. FMD is a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.  To learn more, visit www.FairbanksMorseDefense.com. Fairbanks Morse Defense NewsIf you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com
Improving Technology Through Collaboration w/ Tim Yerdon
Nov 21 2023
Improving Technology Through Collaboration w/ Tim Yerdon
The automotive industry faces challenges in managing software and hardware complexity, especially in the context of over-the-air updates. OEMs need help managing a bifurcated world with 100 ECUs and need to integrate software updates into their stacks. However, the future of record vehicle architecture will simplify this process. Chip manufacturers must find affordable platforms for their products, but it doesn't mean they can afford it for a million vehicles. The biggest takeaway from the last 5 to 10 years is to reduce hardware and software complexity, then reduce service complexity on the back end. Engineers must constantly reduce and make better, as they love to create and add new features, but they must also continually reduce and improve. Integrating technology into the vehicle is challenging, as it requires a balance between the car, cloud, and motor contract ecosystems to ensure optimal functionality and customer satisfaction. The challenge is not just the car itself but also the customer experience, as they may wait for their car to start on their mobile app after just a few seconds. The goal is to create a seamless consumer experience, ensuring their needs and expectations are met. Timothy J. Yerdon President, Plymouth Technology Advisors(Former Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation Executive)Tim Yerdon is the President of Plymouth Technology Advisors, a global consultancy providing strategic guidance to vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, technology companies & start-up organizations supporting the rapidly evolving business of connected, electrified & autonomous mobility. Tim’s passion is around the seamless integration of design and technology to deliver customer driven, must have, user experiences.Previously, Tim was global director at Ford Motor Company leading the business and product ownership for retail vehicles around software, services & hardware integration related to digital cockpit systems & in-vehicle-infotainment. He also was an initial member of the internal startup Team Edison, Ford’s dedicated team for battery electric vehicles that developed the customer-inspired and award-winning Mustang Mach-E SUV, F-150 Lightning truck, and E-Transit van. In prior roles as chief engineer of technology implementation & director of software and hardware strategy he led teams delivering common hardware, software and connected services with supplier-partners across electrified platforms.Tim also served as Chief Marketing Executive at Visteon Corporation, a $3.8B global technology leader in vehicle cockpit electronics and connected car solutions. Leading all aspects of marketing and communications he was a key member of the c-suite leadership team delivering 11 straight quarters of top-line revenue growth, margin improvement, and stock price increases.As an established innovation leader at Visteon, Tim also led diverse teams in industrial design, user experience design, connected car services, advanced cockpit electronics, advanced driver awareness systems, marketing, racing and the InnovationWorks® organization.Tim is currently on the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Industry Advisory Board and most recently added as an Innovation Judge for the prestigious Automotive News PACE awards. Tim previously served on the Consumer Technology Associations (CTA™) Board of Industry Leaders, Society of Automotive Engineers - Connect2Car consortium chairperson and Detroit Chamber | MICHauto talent retention committee chairperson.Tim holds a master's degree in manufacturing systems from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Penn State University – Behrend.If you would like to be a guest on the show contact: namarketing@avl.com