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The Future Car: A Siemens Podcast

Chip to City Conversations to everything you need to know about the future of self driving cars and transportation.

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
Latest Episode10/27/2021

Vehicle Electrification: The Current State of the Electric Vehicles Industry

Season 2, Ep. 46
Electric cars powered by clean energy are an essential piece in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality!This sounds perfect, so why don’t we already have many awesome EVs? Well, the shift from combustion engines to electric vehicles (EVs) has introduced unique challenges to vehicle manufacturers. It has even necessitated a change in how the design and development process has been approached for decades. However, these changes have sparked a lot of innovations around individual components as well as in how components work together.I’m your host, Conor Peick, and today I’m joined by Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries for Siemens Digital Industries Software. He’ll help us understand the current state of EVs and the changes we can expect to see in the near future. You’ll also learn about what is driving the growth of the EVs market and how manufacturers are adjusting to it. We’ll also discuss the advancements being made to make batteries that last longer and charge faster.Some Questions I Ask:What are manufacturers doing to keep up with the growing demand for EVs? (03:39)What are the biggest challenges to EVs today and in the near future? (05:57)What are the interior design challenges that come with EVs? (21:28)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The driving factors behind the growth of EVs’ market (01:49)Some of the elements that manufacturers need to consider when designing or developing the EVs of today (08:16)The factors affecting the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle (15:11)What solid-state batteries are and the benefits they offer (19:42)Connect with Nand Kochhar:LinkedInConnect with Conor Peick:LinkedIn
10/27/2021

Vehicle Electrification: The Current State of the Electric Vehicles Industry

Season 2, Ep. 46
Electric cars powered by clean energy are an essential piece in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality!This sounds perfect, so why don’t we already have many awesome EVs? Well, the shift from combustion engines to electric vehicles (EVs) has introduced unique challenges to vehicle manufacturers. It has even necessitated a change in how the design and development process has been approached for decades. However, these changes have sparked a lot of innovations around individual components as well as in how components work together.I’m your host, Conor Peick, and today I’m joined by Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries for Siemens Digital Industries Software. He’ll help us understand the current state of EVs and the changes we can expect to see in the near future. You’ll also learn about what is driving the growth of the EVs market and how manufacturers are adjusting to it. We’ll also discuss the advancements being made to make batteries that last longer and charge faster.Some Questions I Ask:What are manufacturers doing to keep up with the growing demand for EVs? (03:39)What are the biggest challenges to EVs today and in the near future? (05:57)What are the interior design challenges that come with EVs? (21:28)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The driving factors behind the growth of EVs’ market (01:49)Some of the elements that manufacturers need to consider when designing or developing the EVs of today (08:16)The factors affecting the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle (15:11)What solid-state batteries are and the benefits they offer (19:42)Connect with Nand Kochhar:LinkedInConnect with Conor Peick:LinkedIn
10/20/2021

Need For Speed - Autonomous Style with Matt Peak, Indy Autonomous Challenge

Season 2, Ep. 45
Are we ready to trust AI with our lives?To most people, the answer is not yet. Well, this is exactly what autonomous cars will ask us to do when full autonomy is achieved. This journey is well on course despite the significant challenges it has faced in the past.How can we safely achieve or advance this goal? This is a question that most players in the industry have been pondering.In this episode, Ed Bernardon interviews Matt Peak, Managing Director at Energy Systems Network (ESN), an organization focused on the development of advanced technology for both the energy and the transportation sectors. Today, he’ll talk to us about the Indy Autonomous Challenge, an autonomous car race comprised of 9 university teams that will race wheel to wheel for $1.5 million in prize money at the Indianapolis Motor speedway. He’ll help us understand how this race came about and the goals they are seeking to achieve from this unique competition.Some Questions I Ask:What is Indy Autonomous Challenge and how did it all come about? (02:54)What will the winner of the final race get? (07:03)What makes the AV21 the most autonomous car ever built? (22:52)What is ESN and what does it do? (41:21)How does this race compare to Roborace? (52:50)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The key distinction between Indy Autonomous Challenge and DAPRA. (08:14)How the race overcame the car cost hurdle. (18:37)The array of sensors that are fitted into the AV21 race car (25:06)How the race will be structured (33:57)The role that Indy Autonomous Challenge has in advancing mobility (47:46)Connect with Matt Peak:LinkedInIndy Autonomous ChallengeConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
10/13/2021

The Current State of Transport and Mobility with Onika Miller, FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile)

Season 2, Ep. 44
You are not stuck in traffic, you are traffic!Isn’t it funny how most of the time we’ll feel like victims and not accomplices whenever we get stuck in traffic? If you live in some of the big cities, the only concern bigger than safety is a traffic jam. It makes you feel like you are wasting away. Sometimes you’ll even be thinking that the people in charge are actively trying to stop you from getting home faster.Could shared transport and multiple options of transport modes be the ultimate solution to this? This is a question that cities and mobility organizations have been grappling with for decades now.In this episode, part 2 of 2 episodes, Ed Bernardon interviews Onika Miller, Acting Secretary-General of the FIA Mobility Division, and Head of the FIA Innovation Fund. Her job involves creating a safer and sustainable transportation ecosystem for the future. She’ll help us understand the innovations taking place in the area of mobility and the benefits we stand to gain from them. We’ll also discuss the importance of safety as well as steps being taken to promote gender equality in motorsports.Some Questions I Ask:When do you think the City Trips app will become available in many cities? (05:40)Do you see clubs using advanced traffic simulation tools such as the Siemens platform to help their cities solve traffic problems? (10:57)What is Smart Cities Initiative about and what are its goals? (15:18)What is the goal of a drone Academy? (23:05)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:How City Trips app works (02:40)How Siemens helps the urban mobility platforms compile and analyze their data (07:21)How FIA is promoting gender equality and inclusion in motorsports (16:42)Why safety has to be at the center of current and future modes of mobility (29:32)Connect with Onika Miller:LinkedInFIAConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
10/6/2021

The Current State of Transport and Mobility with Onika Miller, FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile)

Season 2, Ep. 43
Did COVID permanently wipe out the gains made in shared mobility?As the pandemic slows down due to vaccinations, many people are waiting to see if shared transport will make a comeback. Will people give up on having their own playlist, snacks in the glove compartment, freedom from scheduled rides, privacy when on that personal call, and many other personal car benefits? Clearly, this won’t be an overnight shift where people say, "COVID is over. Let’s take the train!"The transport and mobility ecosystem was heavily impacted by the pandemic but it was also presented with an opportunity to fine-tune the progress they had made.In this episode, part 1 of 2 episodes, Ed Bernardon interviews Onika Miller, Acting Secretary-General of the FIA Mobility Division, and Head of the FIA Innovation Fund. Her job involves creating a safer and sustainable transportation ecosystem for the future. She’ll help us understand the state of transportation today and what the future holds for this important area of our lives.Some Questions I Ask:When was FIA started? (03:11)How do drivers look at the FIA? (07:35)What are today’s biggest challenges in the world of transportation? (21:42)Do you think that the changes in attitude against shared transportation due to COVID will be reversed after it passes? (25:18)How do you encourage people to want to drive when they have all these other options? (28:14)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The changes that FIA has experienced over the years (04:36)The responsibilities of FIA (08:46)The relationship between FIA, two pillars of sports, and mobility (10:55)How clubs supported each other during the pandemic (14:21)How COVID impacted people’s attitude towards transportation (22:07)The importance of offering a range of modal choices of transport to consumers (29:42)Connect with Onika Miller:LinkedInFIAConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
9/29/2021

Autonomous Vehicles: Where We Are and The Journey Ahead

Season 2, Ep. 42
Can you imagine waving at a friend while they are seated at the back of a driverless car?If you are like me, this would definitely trigger many questions. Can it stop if my friend wanted to give me a ride? What if it parks in the wrong place and it’s towed, would it find its way home? Those are just a few questions that we might soon be getting an answer to once autonomous vehicles(AVs) become available to the public.What technology is needed to make these vehicles a reality? Stick around to learn this and more about AVs.In the episode, Conor Peick is joined by two guests from Siemens Digital Industries Software - Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries, and Matthieu Worm, Director of Autonomous Vehicles. These are two experts that have closely followed the EVs' and AVs' development journey. They’ll talk to us about the progress that has been made in AV development, the current limitations, and what it’ll take to achieve level five autonomy.Some Questions I Ask:Has consumer demand for AVs been affected by the pandemic? (05:47)What does it take to increase the level of automation in vehicles? (11:26)What do you see as the technical limitations to making AVs a reality? (16:50)How do you see AV regulations evolving in the coming years and what role can the AV industry play in the creation of those regulations? (30:38)What do you see, at least initially is the most plausible scenario for deploying autonomous vehicles at scale? (36:14)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The impact of the pandemic on the automotive manufacturing industry (01:15)How the three key parts - sense, think and act - make AV possible (03:04)The different levels of autonomy (08:36)How to achieve continuous integration and continuous deployment in the vehicle development process (14:26)What is driving partnerships in AV development (21:28)The issues that AVs can help solve (38:39)Connect with Nand Kochhar:LinkedInConnect with Matthieu Worm:LinkedInConnect with Conor Peick:LinkedIn
9/22/2021

Raising Climate Change Awareness Through Motor Racing with Catie Munnings, Andretti United Extreme E Racing Driver - Part 2

Season 2, Ep. 41
Racing is largely seen as an adrenaline-driven sport for only the most competitive risk-takers. If you’ve ever been in a race car or near a race track during a race, you would agree with that. The speeds are phenomenal. Now, transfer that competitiveness, combine different racing disciplines, make all teams co-ed, introduce unique offload electric vehicles, create race tracks in some of the most extreme parts of the world and you have Extreme E racing! This is a racing competition that raises awareness of climate change and the need for sustainable living.In this episode, part 2 of 2 episodes that are part of the Women Driving the Future series, Ed Bernardon interviews Catie Munnings, a British rally driver currently participating in the Extreme E racing series for the Andretti United team. Today we’ll learn about the impact that Extreme E is having on the automotive industry and the manufacturers that are currently involved. We’ll also discuss the role that female drivers play in inspiring young girls and women to join the racing world.Some Questions I Ask:What are some of the big names involved in Extreme E racing? (2:58)Is Prince William a good driver? (4:08)What impact is Extreme E having on the automotive industry? (9:35)Is there a difference in how male and female drivers approach racing (14:59)Where do you see yourself in the future? (26:56)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:Who are Extreme E’s target audience (5:51)The car manufacturers involved in Extreme E (7:32)The importance of using energy from clean sources (12:56)Why it’s important to get more women involved in motorsport (21:38)How female racing drivers inspire young girls and women to join the sport (25:37)Connect with Catie Munnings:LinkedInBritain’s Catie Munnings wins first ever Greenland RaceConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
9/15/2021

The Relationship Between Accelerated Digital Transformation and Accelerated Product Development with Nand Kochhar

Season 2, Ep. 40
Automotive companies have to do more, with less, at a higher speed!The demands from the statement above would have been received with suspicion just a few years back. But not today. It describes exactly what is expected for companies in the automotive industry, just to remain competitive. With the help of digitalization, some of them are successfully meeting all the expectations set out above.In this episode, Conor Peick is joined by Nand Kochhar, the VP of Automotive and Transportation at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Today you’ll learn why companies need accelerated product development and the challenges they face in their quest to achieve it. You’ll also understand the need for an increased pace of innovation and the impact it has on the market share. We’ll also look at how companies can approach their journey to digital transformation.Some Questions Asked:Why is the speed of innovation critical to automotive companies? (05:35)What are the challenges faced by companies looking to accelerate their pace of innovation? (08:18)What are the challenges that OEMs can expect to face as they move towards the future of transportation? (15:38)What is the relationship between reduced wastage and accelerated product development? (24:02)What are the things that automotive companies should start doing? (27:24)In This Episode You Will Learn:How companies can harness digitalization to do more with less (01:48)Key elements for accelerating the pace of innovation (09:52)How cross-attribute optimization helps in accelerated product development (13:41)How to resolve the challenge of complexity (18:06)Strategies to accelerate product development (19:27)Barriers to achieving digital transformation in the automotive industry (26:01)Connect with Nand Kochhar:LinkedInConnect with Conor Peick:LinkedInSiemens Digital Industries Software