The Future Car: A Siemens Podcast

Share

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: 


Connect with Ed Bernardon:

More Episodes

11/17/2021

Carlo Mondavi’s Autonomous Electric Tractors for Sustainable, Affordable Farming - Part 1

Season 2, Ep. 49
If you eat today, thank a farmer!Farming is one of the most important aspects of human life as we know it. It’s also one of the biggest contributors to environmental pollution which is causing climate change that threatens our lives as we know it. Simply put, we can’t live without farming - but how can we live with it!This is where sustainable farming comes in, and one of the ways to promote it is by using eco-friendly, cost effective farming machines. For instance, an electric tractor which reduces a farm’s carbon footprint while also autonomous to reduce operating costs.In this episode, the first part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Carlo Mondavi, grandson of Napa Valley icon Robert Mondavi, and founder/Chief Farming Officer of Monarch Tractor. Carlo is also a farmer and one of the owners of RAEN Winery. We’ll talk about the use of autonomous electric tractors in implementing cost-effective and sustainable farming as well as learn a bit about what it takes to manage a vineyard and turn grapes into a fine wine.Some Questions I Ask:How did the idea of the Monarch Tractor come about? (02:24)What’s the meaning of the farmer-first mentality? (12:42)Do you have a lot of competitors? (21:43)How did your grandfather’s influence help you get to where you are today? (24:28)Where did the name RAEN come from? (35:01)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:The origin of the name ‘Monarch Challenge’ (03:27)The problems that the Monarch Tractor is meant to solve (14:39)How the autonomous tractor is able to save on cost and time (18:47)The impact that stainless steel has on the taste of the wine (30:24)What prompted the idea of skincare products made from grapes (33:32)Connect with Carlo Mondavi:LinkedInMonarch TractorRAEN WineryConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
11/10/2021

The Next Leap for Electric Vehicles with Will Graylin, Indigo Technologies - Part 2

Season 2, Ep. 48
The EV market is growing at a very fast pace.As the demand for electric cars continues to grow and more companies join the industry, the EV market is becoming more competitive than ever before. Despite the presence of big companies with deep pockets, smaller start-ups are playing a critical role in moving the industry forward through disruptive innovations.It’s not just the hunger to get a game-changing car that is pushing startups. It’s also the freedom to explore new features and new ways of doing things with little fear of failure. They’ve extended the competition field from speed and acceleration to other aspects such as comfort, safety, cost, and environmental friendliness.In this episode, the second part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Will Graylin, a seasoned innovator who is the CEO of both an electric vehicles company Indigo, and a digital wallet company OV Loop. He’ll help us understand what sets their car apart from other EVs and conventional cars. He’ll also share with us what he thinks the future holds for the EV industry.Some Questions I Ask:What makes your electric car unique? (01:05)Why should one buy your car? (07:46)Why does a Project Alpha car only have 3 wheels? (11:39)How does an Indigo car compare to conventional vehicles in terms of speed and acceleration? (13:26)How do you incorporate safety and still get a lot of room on the inside of the vehicle? (17:10)Do you think that once autonomy matures, it will play a role in some of the vehicles? (24:56)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:How the robotic wheel and passive spring work to keep the vehicle stable (04:53)The importance of the robotic wheel system (06:59)Comparison between a Bravo car’s operating cost against that of other cars such as Tesla (09:45)The meaning of primary and secondary safety when evaluating cars (14:48)How the company utilizes composite materials to keep the cost down (19:32)The company’s view and approach to autonomy (22:17)Connect with Will Graylin:LinkedInIndigoOv LoopConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software
11/3/2021

The Next Leap for Electric Vehicles with Will Graylin, Indigo Technologies - Part 1

Season 2, Ep. 47
Electric vehicles are the future but we are still miles away from mass adoption.One of the biggest constraints facing the EV market is the cost of acquisition. The best ones are just too expensive. No wonder a significant percentage of the population views them as luxury vehicles!Most investments in the field of EVs have been directed towards increasing both the battery capacity and charging speed. However, the game-changing innovation in this industry will have to address the two main challenges: cost and single-charge distance. Whoever manages to kill these two birds with one stone will be well on their way to considerable industry disruption.In this episode, the first part out of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Will Graylin, a seasoned innovator who is the CEO of both an electric vehicles company Indigo, and a digital wallet company OV Loop. He’ll help understand the state of the EV industry and the impact they expect to make with the two companies. He’ll also share his entrepreneurial journey with us and the lessons learned along the way.Some Questions I Ask:Why do we need a class of vehicles that's so much smaller than the typical ones? (06:13)What makes you believe that Indigo is going to be successful? (12:56)How has being an immigrant impacted you in your career so far? (17:17)What drove you to join the Navy and get on a submarine? (21:05)What are the synergies between a car company and a digital wallet company? (38:10)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:What goes into making a lightweight vehicle become stable (03:09)The technology and innovations that makes Indigo cars affordable (09:30)The difference between innovations and inventions (24:49)The path from invention to innovation (25:41)How the mobile wallet idea that was later acquired by Samsung came about (30:12)Connect with Will Graylin:LinkedInIndigoOv LoopConnect with Ed Bernardon:LinkedInFuture Car: Driving a Lifestyle RevolutionMotorsports is speeding the way to safer urban mobilitySiemens Digital Industries Software