The Next Mile
Robert Brown of TuSimple
A rare moment of widespread global uncertainty has paved the path and proved the point for one industry poised to transform how we move freight across our planet – autonomous trucking. We speak with one of the leading companies in this space, TuSimple, and their head of government and public affairs, Robert Brown.From finding cost and time efficiencies to improving how we connect in a time of need, TuSimple’s robust sensor suite is doing more than just establishing new technology – it’s mending our planet one automated shipment at a time.On today’s episode, we’ll explore the technology and ethos that make up TuSimple’s vision for bringing autonomy to 18-wheelers. Don’t miss out on this episode of The Next Mile, where we have a conversation about the importance of this game-changing technology to our nation’s infrastructure pipeline.Questions I ask:Why was the autonomous trucking sector so much more appealing than consumer AVs?What is the secrete sauce that sets apart the technology being used by TuSimple?What are the benefits TuSimple has found so far with truck automation?How is TuSimple leveraging partnerships with big logistics companies to prove their position in the marketplace?How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to reimagine some of the work you are doing?How does TuSimple balance the need for a human workforce with automation?Connect with Robert and TuSimple:LinkedInTuSimple
Laurin Hahn of Sono Motors
Sono Motors thinks we need to redesign the car. Not with what the manufacturer wants, but with what the potential buyer's demand. With a mission built around sustainability and transparency, they seek to reimagine the automobile as they know it. With solar integration to cover most of your daily driving, a low price-point, and much, much more, Sono seeks to make a car that this generation wants to own.Other resources:Sono Motors WebsiteSion raises 53 million Euros in crowdfundingLaurin Hahn TwitterUpdate from Season 1: The Ray
Monthly Milepost: March 2021
Join us for the Monthly Milepost, where we break down the latest news in transportation innovation. This month, we've got rovers landing on Mars, new electric vehicles for the USPS, and new talks of high speed rail in the US.
Nedra Deadwyler of Civil Bikes
Civil Bikes is connecting Atlanta's past and present with historic tours throughout the city, but you won't find them sightseeing from a double decker bus. Civil Bikes is "street level", with tours being conducted on bikes and on foot. With Nedra Deadwyler at the helm, Civil Bikes is uncovering some of the city's lesser known stories and sharing them with the world so that these histories can continue to live on. In this episode Nedra discusses some of the advantages of conducting tours on bikes and the importance of keeping local histories alive.
How will we travel in the future?
Transportation is an intensely complex topic that we like to leave behind at the watercooler as we vent about our commutes, but we can do something about the matter at hand. Solving the Rubik's cube of travel can shape healthier lives, more connected communities and repair the chaos we've created in the world. How do I know? Well, a car accident forced me to re-evaluate how I was moving around and helped me reshape a family and neighborhood dynamic that left me happier.
The Next Mile Podcast - Trailer
Transportation is such an underrated and typically unsexy topic, but you’re wrong. We like whining about traffic and leaving it behind with us at the watercooler, but, in reality, evolving how we move will make us a better species. The Next Mile Podcast - presented by Beam Imagination - because the future of how we move could define what types of lives we lead. Available on your favourite podcast player.