Category Archives: Autonomy

Swamy Kotagiri, CTO, Magna International

Listen to Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer and also the President of the Power & Vision Division of $40 billion Tier 1 auto supplier Magna International, discuss the future of transportation and the influence of autonomy, connectivity, electrification and sharing.   Hear his insights on a large organization like Magna stays at the cutting edge.  What are Magna’s different styles of partnership with innovators such as Lyft, and why?

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Everybody Hates Tesla, Part 2

Electric vehicle adoption will threaten automotive profit distribution sooner than expected and much sooner than unit volumes would imply.  Tesla has brought about this and many other large but less-noticed changes & threats.  The Company has been afforded unprecedented (and sometimes counterproductive) latitude by customers, investors & the media.

This 2-part episode is a companion to our publication, Everybody Hates Tesla .

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Everybody Hates Tesla, Part 1

Electric vehicle adoption will threaten automotive profit distribution sooner than expected and much sooner than unit volumes would imply.  Tesla has brought about this and many other large but less-noticed changes & threats.  The Company has been afforded unprecedented (and sometimes counterproductive) latitude by customers, investors & the media.

This 2-part segment is a companion to our publication, Everybody Hates Tesla .

More about GTK, your host Ali Tabibian, our conferencespublications and subscriptions thereto. If links aren’t active in your app, please go to www.gtkpartners.com.

A raw transcript is here.

Mark Farrell, the 44th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

Listen to Mark Farrell, the Mayor of San Francisco, explain why he wrote an open letter to Autonomous Vehicle companies requesting enhanced cooperation with municipal authorities.   Hear the Mayor describe the outcomes from the resulting Safety Briefing, with presentations from Zoox and GM Cruise.   Whay sensitized the Mayor to autonomous vehicles, well before the recently publicized and highly unfortunate fatal accidents.

See the Mayor’s official release on the subject and learn more about Mark Farrell’s background.  More about GTK, your host Ali Tabibian, our conferences, publications and subscriptions thereto. If links aren’t active in your app, please go to www.techcarsmachines.com.

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Y Combinator: Bear Flag Robotics autonomous tractors

Listen to Y Combinator 2018 Winter Event graduates Igino Cafiero and Aubrey Donnellan, co-founders of Bear Flag Robotics, describe their objectives, challenges, and solutions automating tractors that services orchards.

Understand how Bear Flag focuses on the near-term-possible in autonomy to target near-term commercial deployments.

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William Santana Li, CEO & Founder, Knightscope security robots

Listen to William Santana Li, Founder and CEO of Knightscope, and a Ford Motor Company veteran, describe how he’s raised $40MM without venture capital to build the leading security robot company.

Understand how Knightscope focuses on the near-term-possible in autonomy to achieve commercial deployments today.

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Chuhee Lee, Volkswagen Group of America’s Electronic Research Laboratory

Listen to Chuhee Lee, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, a veteran of Volkswagen of America’s Electronic Research Lab, describe how his group’s activities improve the user experience for the 11 million vehicles a year that the VW Group manufactures.

We’ll explore vehicle infotainment, autonomy, customization, and the evolving concept of “luxury”.

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