The Future Car: A Siemens Podcast

9/28/2022

Robots - Enhancing Our Security - Part 2

Season 3, Ep. 28
Some robots, such as surgical robots, do precision work in ways a human being can’t. Others can do tedious, repetitive tasks fast and consistently, freeing people to do more productive work. And now we have patrol robots to keep us safe.They patrol a specified area and raise the alarm whenever they spot something suspicious. The biggest strength of such robots is that they can collect, store and analyze a lot of data as they patrol. A question that probably comes to mind when one hears of this is, does that make them better than security guards?In this episode, the second part of two, Ed Bernardon interviews William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO of Knightscope – an advanced security technology company that makes fully autonomous security robots built to deter, detect and report. He’ll help us understand how their robots work and the impact they are making.Some Questions I Ask:Does being the son of immigrants influence you in any way? (05:51)How did you go from working at Ford to building Knightscope? (09:00)How will the K7 robot be different from the robots you already have? (21:04)Do you think those police departments will ever hire your robots? (23:36)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The events and circumstances that inspired the creation of Knightscope (01:39)The different types of sensors that Knightscope’s robots have (11:19)What the company does to deter malicious damage to their robots (13:37)The different flavors of data that their robot generates (15:52)Connect with William Santana Li: LinkedInKnightscopeTwitterConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
9/21/2022

Robots - Enhancing Our Security - Part 1

Season 3, Ep. 27
Safety and security!Every stable government should do everything within its power to guarantee its citizens these two things. One of the ways of improving security is by equipping security personnel with the right tools.In today’s data-driven world, this means solutions that can process more data in the environment they’re deployed in better than a person would. Such a solution would enhance the capability of police officers and other security personnel. This is exactly what Knightscope robots are designed to do.In this episode, the first part of two, Ed Bernardon interviews William Santana Li, Chairman, and CEO of Knightscope – an advanced security technology company that makes fully autonomous security robots built to deter, detect and report. He’ll help us understand more about their robots and the progress they’ve made so far.Some Questions I Ask:What needs to change for the US to become the safest country in the world? (02:27)How can you help achieve the security standards people expect? (08:10)How does the data collection system work? (17:02)What were some of the most surprising things that happened in the robot’s interaction with people that you didn't expect? (20:32)Will your robots, at some point in the future, carry weapons? (25:45)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The extent of the shortage of police officers in the US (04:05)Knightscope’s robots capabilities (06:55)The price of Knightscope’s autonomous security robot services (14:40)How Knightscope’s robots communicate with people (19:36)The factors they took into consideration when designing their robots (27:20)Connect with William Santana Li: LinkedInKnightscopeTwitterConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
9/14/2022

Technology with Purpose - Barbara Humpton - Part 2

Season 3, Ep. 26
“Competition makes us faster, collaboration makes us better.”For a company as big and diversified as Siemens, collaboration opens up a door to creating life-changing products. It allows the company to be at the forefront in tackling global issues such as climate change and degenerative diseases. It also allows the company to play a critical role in supporting the development of smart factories, eco-friendly planes, and autonomous vehicles.To continue elevating collaboration, Siemens has created an environment that nurtures the sharing of ideas and the spirit of innovation.In this episode, the second part of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA. She’ll share with us how most organization charts limit collaboration and what can be done to increase collaboration in big companies. She’ll also share some advice on how to achieve a work-life blend.Some Questions I Ask:How do you encourage collaboration in a big company? (05:46)How does your passion for math help you be a better corporate executive? (13:01)How did you navigate the engineering space at a time when there wasn’t a lot of diversity? (15:19)What will our infrastructure be like 5 -10 years from now? (24:00)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:Why all organization charts are wrong (00:50)Why Barbara joined the technology industry (10:00)Her advice on work-life blend (21:12)Why does the US not have a high-speed train yet (28:16)Connect with Barbara Humpton: LinkedInSiemens USAConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
9/7/2022

Technology with Purpose - Barbara Humpton - Part 1

Season 3, Ep. 25
“The value of innovation lies in its practical implementation.”Over the last 174 years of its existence, Siemens has implemented some of the world’s most impactful innovations. Today, the company is a global leader in combining the real and the digital worlds to create value for its customers.Its ideal placement as a leader in software and hardware has helped it expand its sphere of influence tremendously. To maximize the impact of its innovative products, Siemens has been engaging stakeholders in decision-making positions and other industry leaders.In this episode, the first part of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA. She’ll share with us some of the milestones that the company has achieved as well as some future goals. She’ll also share about her recent meeting with President Biden and the major announcement that was made during that meeting. Some Questions I Ask:Why is what Siemens do necessary? (03:18)What is Siemens doing to help us take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT)? (09:44)Why is it better to make factories more efficient instead of getting cheaper labor? (15:44)How would you describe President Biden based on your recent interaction? (19:57)Does Siemens use gaming technology to design some of its products? (27:30)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:Why Siemens' capability to build both software and hardware is an advantage (05:02)One of the first inventions by Siemens (07:01)An example of a software-hardware connection created by Siemens that’s in use today (08:04)Barbara’s meeting with President Biden in the White House (10:58)Similarities between video games and the current engineering environment (24:40)Connect with Barbara Humpton: LinkedInSiemens USAConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
8/3/2022

Terra Sound, Patterns of Life from Patterns of Light - Part 2

Season 3, Ep. 24
Imagine having an underground system that can continuously collect data related to traffic, earthquakes, and other vibration-causing activities.One of the biggest advantages that such a system would present is its ability to work all day, and all night, uninterrupted. It would not require light or regular removal of obstructions. That’s exactly what Terra Sound’s acoustic system does for cities and organizations that have ground as well as underground assets. The fact that the data is collected consistently makes it easier to gain fast actionable insight from it.In this episode, the second part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews two brothers, Brian Borkowski, founder of Terra Sound, and Craig Borkowski, a board member and former CEO of Terra Sound. They’ll help us understand how and why they choose the products they are currently offering. They’ll also share some details about the existing use cases of their technology as well as possible future use cases.Some Questions I Ask:What was your inspiration when you were young? (01:21)How did Terra Sound move from being in the military to being a start-up? (09:30)Which of your three products has the biggest potential for growth? (14:05)What do you think this technology could evolve into doing beyond what you're doing today? (22:53)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The most valuable lesson that Brian learned from being in the military (05:37)How Terra Sound chooses which products to develop (12:52)The progress their product has made in terms of smart city applicability (15:46)The future application of Terra Sound’s technology according to Craig and Brian (24:56) Connect with Brian Borkowski: LinkedInTerra SoundConnect with Craig Borkowski: LinkedInConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
7/27/2022

Terra Sound, Patterns of Life from Patterns of Light - Part 1

Season 3, Ep. 23
Technology has now gone underground. It's laying low!Organizations that help protect property, underground assets and provide data on the status of our urban infrastructure, have opened up a new technological frontier. Solutions in this frontier don’t necessarily rely on vision, they can do quite a bit by sensing vibrations.A software-based services company, Terra Sound has developed a distributed acoustic sensing system that uses fiber optics to collect, transmit data for analysis by AI based methods. Imagine a system that’s underground, detecting vibrations, making sense of those vibrations, and providing you with actionable insights on a range of things including if an intruder is present, the motion of pedestrians and vehicles from micromoblity to trains. That’s exactly what their solution does!In this episode, the first part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews two brothers, Brian Borkowski, founder of Terra Sound, and Craig Borkowski, a board member and former CEO of Terra Sound. They’ll help us understand the company’s vision as well as the origin of their technology. They’ll also share more details about their products and the purpose they serve.Some Questions I Ask:What’s Terra Sound's vision? (03:19)What are the advantages of using fiber optic cable underground to do acoustic sensing? (07:41)What can you provide to cities that would be helpful? (13:10)How can your system help EMTs get to the scene of an accident faster? (19:21)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:How Terra Sound creates important patterns (04:08)How each of their three products works (05:16)How they sort the different vibrations picked by the cables (15:25)How Terra Sound’s technology could impact the development of autonomous cars (23:22)Connect with Brian Borkowski: LinkedInTerra SoundConnect with Craig Borkowski: LinkedInConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
7/20/2022

Championing Sustainability in Motorsport with Alejandro Agag- Part 2

Season 3, Ep. 22
A few decades back, the idea of electric motor racing would have been seen as ridiculous. Fast forward to today, we have successful electric racing competitions both on water and on land.Making such progress took a few courageous people who were willing and capable of pushing what they knew about motor racing to the edge. Today, such competitions have become a main source of innovation for technological solutions that are taking sustainable transport to the next level. Their success so far has attracted other players in the motor racing world who might have viewed electric motor racing as unviable.In this episode, the second part of two, Ed Bernardon continues his interview with Alejandro Agag, co-founder, and CEO of Formula E Holdings Ltd. He is also the CEO of Extreme E, Chairman of Formula E, and Chairman of E1 Series. Today he’ll tell us about some of the innovative solutions that have originated from electric motor racing. Additionally, he’ll share with us what the future of motor racing will look like.Some Questions I Ask:What made you leave politics and join motorsport? (01:06)What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a businessman? (02:58)What are some of the technologies that originated from Formula E? (11:26)How will Formula E coexist will Formula 1 once it becomes fully electric? (17:04)What’s racing going to be like in the year 2050? (20:03)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:Some of the businesses that he tried and failed (03:36)The criteria that Alejandro uses to identify a good driver (04:53)The progression of Formula E from gen 1 to gen 3 (07:00)How a Formula E car reuses the generated energy (08:37)Things that need to happen to address the issue of climate change (22:22)Connect with Alejandro: Formula EExtreme EE1 SeriesInstagramConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
7/13/2022

Championing Sustainability in Motorsport with Alejandro Agag- Part 1

Season 3, Ep. 21
In 2022, more than 122,000 electric cars are being sold worldwide every week. They have become so common that they rarely get our attention when we come across them. While this may seem like enough, we still have a long way to go. There is still a lot that remains to be done and improved to successfully tackle climate change. One of the areas that have seen great improvements in regard to environmental sustainability in the last decade is motorsport. The introduction of electric vehicles in motorsport has shone more light on sustainability and created an avenue for many more eco-friendly innovations.In this episode, the first part of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Alejandro Agag, co-founder, and CEO of Formula E Holdings Ltd. He is also the CEO of Extreme E, Chairman of Formula E, and Chairman of E1 Series. Today he’ll help us understand the vital role that motorsport is playing in promoting sustainability. Additionally, he’ll share with us the motivation behind creating the different electric racing competitions.Some Questions I Ask:How long did it take for Formula E to be a good business? (04:53)What are the different series you’ve created and how are they different? (11:06)Why are Formula E races held in cities and not on race tracks? (15:13)What’s the biggest challenge you face while constructing a race track in a city? (14:14)Have you ever engaged Tesla about joining Formula E? (22:17)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The motivation behind starting Formula E (03:25)How motorsport can help sustainability (05:53)How the idea of Formula E started off (09:39)What it took to get major car manufacturers on board (19:07)The importance of gender diversity in Formula E (20:06)Connect with Alejandro: Formula EExtreme EE1 SeriesInstagramConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
7/8/2022

The Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

Season 3, Ep. 20
The percentage of people who wish to own a motor vehicle is going down. That’s because people want to only pay for mobility services when they need them. This is being viewed as a sign that we are becoming ready to welcome and adopt autonomous transportation. That is why mobility companies are at the forefront of the development of autonomous vehicles (AV). They want to make sure that the user experience is given a high priority in the process so as to attract as many clients as possible. Thus the inclusion of features such as fast internet connections and seamless connections to personal devices.I’m your host, Conor Peick, and today I’m joined by  Dale Tutt, Vice President of Industry Strategy at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Also joining us is Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries for Siemens Digital Industries Software. They’ll share with us the different levels of autonomy as well as what each of them entails. Additionally, you’ll hear about the benefits of autonomous vehicles.Some Questions I Ask:What are the different levels of autonomy? (05:40)How do AV companies push that technology across a huge range of scales? (14:41)What can AV companies do to build trust in AV? (17:43)Why are companies investing in AV? (22:09)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:Nand’s involvement in the SEA council for vehicle autonomy (01:48)The biggest change that the automotive and transportation industries are going through (02:53)The sustainability benefit of AVs (24:32)The people who’ll benefit from AVs (26:49)Connect with Nand Kochhar: LinkedInConnect with Dale Tutt:LinkedInConnect with Conor Peick: LinkedIn