Panel at MOVE America: Connectivity and Integration: How we move and how we groove

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Engaging panel at MOVE America with panelists:

John Kwant, Executive Director, 5G Automotive Association (5GAA)
Sylvano Carrasco, VP of Connected Cars and Partnerships, Getaround
Jason JonMichael, Senior Strategist, USDOT Research and Technology
Jeffrey Decoux, Chairman, Autonomy Fellow, Autonomy Institute
Michele Mueller, Michigan DOT Department of Transportation

The discussion covered topics such as inductive charging roadways, autonomous lane engines, and the role of technology in reducing road accidents.

Sylvano Carrasco posed a crucial question about the impact of autonomous vehicles will depend, whether autonomous cars are owned by corporate giants like Google or they are privately owned. Regardless, with platforms like Getaround consumers can transition away from car ownership, offering on-demand access to vehicles that are both instant and convenient. Providing a crucial connecting resource for the transition in vehicle utilization for the future.

Michele Mueller emphasized the DOT’s vision for a multimodal future, focusing on safety and sustainability leveraging new technologies and startups as a partners in innovation.

Connectivity emerged as a crucial theme throughout the conversation, with a call to learn from other industries, particularly the aviation sector’s transformation in the 1970s.

The panel also highlighted Michigan’s pivotal role in future transportation implementation, emphasizing partnerships with startups and inclusive infrastructure development with local municipalities and networks.

#MOVEAmerica #ConnectivityIntegration #TransportationInnovation #SafetyFirst #AutonomousVehicles #MichiganTransportation #InfrastructureDevelopment

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Panel at MOVE America: How edge computing is changing connected vehicle capability

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I just attended a fantastic Panel Discussion on “How edge computing is changing connected vehicle capability“ at #MOVEAmerica.

The panel featured industry leaders:
Bob Rapp, Technical Fellow / AI Architect, Envorso
Craig Lozofsky, Chief Operating Officer, MOTER Technologies
Siddharth Shah, Vice President of Engineering, Canoo
Ken Johnston, CEO, Autonomic

A few topics the panel focused were
Sensing Dangerous Conditions through data management: The conversation highlighted how advanced sensors and data analysis can proactively detect and respond to hazardous road conditions and unforeseen weather events, contributing significantly to overall vehicle safety.
Collision Avoidance: they discussed the role of autonomous features and technology in accident prevention through real-time data processing, adaptive braking systems, and collision detection mechanisms.
As well as the use of data to identify potential vehicle issues preemptively, reducing the need for extensive recalls and enhancing consumer safety.

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The discussion extended to the significance of the current telematics systems in gathering and transmitting data for vehicle monitoring, diagnostics, and performance optimization. Underpinning these transformative discussions was the pivotal role of edge computing. It became evident that edge computing, with its real-time data processing capabilities at the source, is instrumental in driving dynamic clustering data. This, in turn, empowered the creation of predictive analytics models, revolutionizing the insurance sector and offering innovative solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

In essence, this panel discussion shed light on how cutting-edge technology, led by data-driven insights and edge computing, is reshaping the transportation industry. Having the potential to make transportation safer, more efficient, and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

#FleetManagement #EdgeComputing #TransportationTrends
#ConnectedVehicles #TechInnovation #MOVEAmerica

Spotlight interview: featuring Craig Lozofsky of MOTER

Check out our Spotlight interview by George Ayres, featuring Craig Lozofsky, Chief Operating Officer at MOTER Technologies.

MOTER Technologies operates as an edge-computing based data science platform tailored for connected car data. Their products are strategically designed to leverage the extensive data generated by modern vehicles and sensors. One key feature of MOTER’s technology, individuals privacy and user information is protected while assessing risk and managing data assets. MOTER’s commitment to harnessing data for innovative solutions is the key for safer and more efficient transportation.

Conversations with professionals like Craig give invaluable insights into industry developments and trends.

#MOTERTechnologies #ConnectedCars #DataScience #Transportation #Innovation

#Networking AutoMobility Advisors MOTER Technologies
#MOVEAmerica #mobility

Great insights at MOVE America’s investment strategies panel!

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The panelists were:
Bob Bennett from Cities Today
Emily Yates from Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Thomas Bartholomew of the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Baris Guzel from BMW i Ventures
Morteza Farajian from the Build America Bureau at the U.S. Department of Transportation

The panel highlighted the imperative need to expedite the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Deliberations centered on investment prospects within the EV ecosystem, encompassing infrastructure development, charging network expansion, and the alignment of these initiatives with sustainability objectives.

Yates underscored the importance of creating transportation systems that are inclusive for all individuals. Detailed discussions ensued regarding investment strategies aimed at enhancing accessibility, catering to the needs of people with disabilities, low-income communities, and underserved regions.

Guzel highlighted the potential for domestic battery production, and investment opportunities within the United States’ battery manufacturing sector. This discussion underscored the critical role such investments play in securing the future of sustainable transportation.

As the discussion went it was clear: the future in mobility is collaborative and #Multimodal

#MOVEAmerica #Transportation #InvestmentStrategies #EVs #Accessibility #BatteryManufacturing

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MOVE America 2023

Here we go! Early at #MOVEAmerica first things first, already met with Craig Lozofsky of MOTER Technologies. And what is an event without a great cup of coffee? Thank you to the good people at Aon for a great first cup!☕️ 🙏George Ayres

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Practically the first to arrive at #MOVEAmerica2023

Meeting up with fellow early-riser Craig Lozofsky of MOTER

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The good (and smart) people at Aon offering a fabulous cup of coffee at MOVE

Spotlight on Tech Start-Ups

With MOVE 2023 just around the corner and MOVE America drawing near, our team at AutoMobility Advisors is preparing for a trip to Austin, Texas. This event, starting Sept 26th next week, is set to become a gathering point for professionals in the mobility and transportation industry. AMA will not miss the opportunity!

One of the key focal points at MOVE America will be the presence of tech start-ups. These companies play a vital role in shaping the future of mobility with their innovative solutions and technologies.

Tech start-ups have become significant contributors to the mobility sector in recent years. Their innovative ideas span from electric and autonomous vehicles to smart infrastructure and mobility applications. At MOVE America, these start-ups will have a platform to showcase their innovations and foster collaboration.

Our team recognizes the importance of these emerging companies in driving innovation within the industry. Their agility and fresh perspectives challenge the status quo, pushing for advancements in mobility solutions. AutoMobility Advisors’ primary objective at MOVE America is to connect with industry peers, gain insights, and explore potential partnerships.

We understand that the future of mobility will require collaboration, innovation, and adaptability. MOVE America provides an ideal environment for networking and sharing expertise within the industry. As we prepare for our visit to MOVE America, we are excited about the opportunities it presents. We anticipate engaging in discussions with industry leaders, sharing our experiences, and contributing to the collective effort to redefine transportation.

Stay tuned for updates and insights from MOVE America 2023 as we delve into the discussions, innovations, and partnerships that will shape the future of mobility and transportation.

#MOVE2023 #MOVEAmerica #Mobility #TechStartUps #AutoMobilityAdvisors #Transportation #Innovation

George Ayres: The Mobility ‘Matchmaker’ featured at Driving Mobility Podcast

Meet the mobility ‘matchmaker’ who connects established auto companies and scrappy startups to collaborate, innovate

In a recent episode of the “Driving Mobility” podcast series by ParkMyFleet hosted by Michele Pierog, George Ayres, the Managing Director of AutoMobility Advisors, shares valuable insights into the dynamic mobility industry. The episode, titled “Meet the mobility ‘matchmaker’ who connects established auto companies and scrappy startups to collaborate and innovate,” provides a comprehensive look at the ever-evolving mobility landscape.

Throughout the podcast, Ayres, drawing from his extensive three-decade-long career in the mobility sector, explains his crucial role as a bridge between established automotive giants and ambitious startups. He helps both parties navigate product planning, sales management, and business development.

A central theme of the conversation is the importance of collaboration in the mobility industry. Ayres emphasizes that success in this field hinges on working together. It involves aligning the innovative drive of startups with the resources and industry knowledge of established players.

The mobility industry is constantly changing due to factors such as electrification, sustainability, and evolving consumer preferences. Ayres discusses the vital importance of adaptability and innovation to thrive in this fast-changing environment.

Lastly, the podcast explores the concept of “success” in the mobility industry. Beyond just market share and financial metrics, Ayres and Pierog discuss the broader societal impact of success, which involves reshaping transportation for the benefit of society.

As the mobility sector undergoes a profound transformation, George Ayres emerges as a guiding figure, ensuring that startups and established companies find common ground to advance the industry. The podcast offers valuable insights into Ayres’ role as the mobility “matchmaker” and the promising future of transportation.

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George Ayres featured at the EisnerAmper podcast

In the rapidly changing landscape of the automotive industry, staying ahead of the curve has never been more critical. George Ayres, the founder and Managing Director of AutoMobility Advisors, was recently featured on the EisnerAmper podcast with Aimann Rasheed, and discussed the topic of “Digital Transformation in Automotive.”

The podcast provided a glimpse into the future of the automotive industry, which is currently undergoing a profound transformation, largely driven by advancements in digital technology. Topics ranged from connected vehicles and autonomous driving to smart manufacturing and data analytics. George shared his vision of what lies ahead for the industry, emphasizing the pivotal role of digital transformation.

One of the central themes of the conversation was the importance of embracing technology within the automotive world. George, through his experience at AutoMobility Advisors, underscored how digital transformation can enhance various aspects of the industry, from improving customer experiences to optimizing supply chain management. By harnessing the power of data and automation, automotive companies can streamline operations, reduce costs, and ultimately deliver a superior product to their consumers.

However, it’s essential to acknowledge that no transformation comes without its set of challenges, and the automotive industry’s digital journey is no exception. George Ayres and Aimann Rasheed delved into the hurdles that companies may encounter during this transformative process. These challenges encompass concerns related to data security, adapting to new business models, and managing the complexities of integrating digital technologies into traditional automotive processes. Despite these challenges, the conversation also highlighted the tremendous opportunities that await those who can navigate them successfully.

In a world where customer expectations are constantly evolving, George Ayres emphasized the importance of adopting a customer-centric approach. He pointed out that by leveraging digital tools, automotive companies can better understand their customers’ needs and preferences. This deep understanding allows them to create tailored experiences and products that resonate with their target audience, thereby fostering customer loyalty and satisfaction.

To hear George Ayres and Aimann Rasheed’s engaging conversation, you can listen to the full podcast episode here.

Stay tuned for more exciting discussions and insights from industry experts on the EisnerAmper podcast. Don’t forget to follow the conversation using the hashtags #EisnerAmperPodcast and #AutoMobilityAdvisors on social media.

Broken Record

Photo Courtesy Scientific American
Photo Courtesy Scientific American

With summer winding down, one theme dominated headlines around the world for the last two months: record heat. Temperatures from California to Greece reached record highs, with hundreds of millions of people locked in a months-long pattern of extreme temperatures with little relief. In Phoenix alone, residents experienced a mind-boggling and dangerous record of 31 consecutive days with high temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit. In Asia, the Caribbean, and in Europe, countries faced unprecedented stretches of heat with the Italian region of Sardinia hitting nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Coupled with abnormally dry conditions, hugely popular tourist destinations such as Rhodes and Maui faced massive fires killing hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars worth of damage. It is evident that summer is getting hotter and more dangerous. The question is, what can the auto industry do to speed up efforts to change the vehicle mix and help combat climate change?

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Source: BloombergNEF

Great progress has been made in the last 15 years in the development and adoption of both EVs and importantly connected car services. EVs have captured a significant minority of global new car sales, increasing from 4% of new car sales in 2020 to 14% in 2022. .Likewise, according to research done by Smartcar, 91% of all vehicles sold in the United States in 2020 were connected to the internet, bringing advanced features to customers and moving the industry closer to the concept of software defined vehicles. These high-tech advancements were intended not only to improve the customer experience, but also to lessen the automotive industry’s impact on climate change. EVs are projected to phase out ICE powered vehicles, eliminating tailpipe emissions, while connected vehicle software will optimize the user experience and efficiency of vehicles. Despite these efforts however, climate change is not slowing down, and a variety of new problems have arisen that significantly impact the benefit afforded by EVs and advanced connected car technologies.

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Photo: Inside EVs

These issues range from vehicle wear, to power grid drain, to rare earth material (REM) shortages. An article published last week by The Drive reported that the tires on Rivian’s R1T and R1S models are wearing out in as few as 6,000 miles. Rivians are notably very heavy and have massively powerful electric motors able to propel the three and a half ton vehicles to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. But the incredible power and weight of these EVs have seemingly left the tires fitted to the vehicles outclassed, creating the potential for an enormous increase in rubber waste and ownership expenses. As EVs become larger, heavier, and faster this problem will only increase, fueling the current environmental crisis and apprehension about EV adoption. 

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Phoenix, Arizona

In the Sun Belt, the dangerously hot summer conditions caused the need for around the clock air conditioning in spaces across most of the affected states, It was reported by Arizona Public Service that July 14th and 15th each set records for the highest consumer power demand in the state’s history. And Arizona’s power supply runs mostly on natural gas, which while better than coal, still contributes to the pollution of the atmosphere. Higher temperatures caused by climate change require more air conditioning, which in turn creates more pollution. EVs are not responsible for this situation, but their increasing need for power may have long term impacts on states still utilizing fossil fuel power generation methods. So increased demand from consumers to cool their homes and charge their EVs fuels a vicious cycle fueling the climate crisis.

All of these issues in conjunction with the exponential growth in chip demand for high-tech vehicles has forced the auto industry to face unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable questions about their collective efforts to combat climate change. The news is not all bad however, as the products and services that are having unintended consequences on the climate may also be able to help solve them. Though costly, measures such as bi-directional charging, where EVs contribute excess power back into a home or the grid could be implemented as a way to shed some of the electrical load caused by extreme weather. A less expensive alternative that is available today is interruptible charging, in which vehicle charging can be remotely controlled and suspended while plugged into home chargers during the hours where electricity demand is at its highest. Another option is smart routing which could bring down the environmental cost of ownership and help offset the climate impact of bringing new technology into vehicles.

It is inevitable that EVs will continue to gain market share, and software defined vehicles will become the industry standard. With creative and proactive solutions such as those mentioned above, the automotive industry will be able to more successfully contribute to the struggle against climate change, working to safeguard the world for future generations. All of us in the automotive industry can make a big difference.