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Designing our Digital Future. With Richard Foster-Fletcher. "How we can make AI and other power technologies work for us, not against us"
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💬 “There's often this culture of entrepreneurial-ism that looks at technology as a solution in itself. But if they're not developed from the ground up, we can end up with significant inequalities between certain users.” Dr Felicity Heathcote-MárczThis is a conversation with Dr Felicity Heathcote-Márcz🎙️ Felicity is an ethnographer and the Research and Behaviours Lead at Atkins Global Intelligent Mobility. She employs anthropological approaches to understand how humans are using the latest intelligent mobility technologies like autonomous vehicles and mobility as a service. Felicity has designed and led research trials testing out new technologies with behavioural interventions to understand what makes a difference to improving transport services and supporting policymakers to understand how they can be ready for the future of transport. Felicity also guest lectures on mobility and research, and has authored academic, technical and journalistic content on these themes.🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Felicity talks about:💡 1.) putting user requirements at the front and centre of the design stage for EVs💡 2.) the importance of field research to reduce inequality in the future of mobility 💡 3.) mitigating for invisible biases in data and research 💡 4.) where and how behavioural nudging works 💡 5.) mobility, pandemics and the future of work This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Discover more at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/
💬 “You could argue that running an existing vehicle that doesn't need any modifications on a fuel that has 85% lower impact on the planet is probably better than changing the vehicle for a battery powered one.” Karl W. FeilderThis is a conversation with Karl Feilder🎙️ Karl is a serial tech entrepreneur and business sustainability advocate. His direct actions to mitigate climate change have resulted in over 15 million tonnes of CO2, achieved from working with global corporations, such as DHL, Del Monte, Anglo American, and McDonald’s. Karl has previously built five companies to exit via trade sale, and taken two more to their Initial Public Offering (IPO). He is now preparing Neutral Fuels Ltd, a company that produces biofuel from used cooking oil, for an IPO in 2024.🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Karl talks about:💡 1.) setting up a Biofuels company in the heartland of oil production 💡 2.) building a carbon neutral fuel company with an aim to reduce emissions by 85%, without replacing vehicles 💡 3.) why he loves Harley Davidson and saving the species 💡 4.) the role for realists as well as environmentalists 💡 5.) how he mixes work, travel, pleasure and music This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Discover more at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/
💬 The Automotive and Energy sectors are going through the biggest changes in 50 years. Their abilities to create, balance and optimise renewable energies are crucial to our sustainable future and to achieving NetZero greenhouse gas emissions.🎧 This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast which explores the role of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in helping us deliver a fully sustainable, NetZero future: the challenges, the risks and the opportunities. We feature leaders from major automotive, startup automotive, energy, insurance, fleet and battery tech.🎙️ Today's episode is with my series commentator Tapan Trivedi who will explore our learnings prompted by the episodes with:➊ Iain Macbeth, Director of EV Strategy - Europe, Enterprise: Insights from the world's leading vehicle rental company (EP16) ➋ Albert Lam, Group CEO at Detroit Electric - Realising the electric dream with a heritage brand (EP17)Learn more about the series at www.boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series
💬 “China is ready to dominate the Electric Vehicle market. They have ample power electronics engineers that can integrate motor and battery technology together, they have investment, and they have the full support of the Government, for whom this is a priority.” Albert LamThis is a conversation with Albert Lam🎙️ Albert is Chairman and CEO of Detroit Electric Holdings Ltd. He is a veteran in the automotive and technology industries. Before founding Detroit Electric in 2009, Albert was the former Executive Director of the Lotus Group International and he served as Managing Director of Apple Computer in Asia. His professional experiences also include holding technical engineering positions in the field of Artificial Intelligence with renowned companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, and Gaydon Technology. Albert holds an MSc degree in Robotics and studied a PhD in the area of Artificial Intelligence.🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Albert talks about:💡 1.) the reasons for the lack of EV readiness 10 years ago 💡 2.) How China’s EV industry will boom 💡 3.) the importance of decentralising activities and decision making in business 💡 4.) why it’s ‘how’, not ‘when’ we will have autonomous vehicles 💡 5.) the market size and opportunity for Detroit Electric to sell electric and hydrogen powered vansThis is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Discover more at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/
💬 “The key priority over the next couple of years is for the industry and government to work closely together to enable the public charging infrastructure, because without that we're going to struggle to meet some of those ambitious targets.” Iain Macbeth 🎙️ Iain Macbeth is Director of Electric Vehicle Strategy for Enterprise Holdings' corporately owned entities in Europe, with a fleet of over 200,000 vehicles. His portfolio covers electric charging infrastructure, electric vehicles, customer experience, utilities and innovation in electric mobility. Other areas of interest for Iain include developments in hydrogen technology, the future of mobility, including drones, and the automotive sector. 🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Iain talks about:💡 1.) how Enterprise will transform its fleet to Electric vehicles this decade💡 2.) the challenges and opportunities for the business during this transformation 💡 3.) what’s needed from an infrastructure perspective 💡 4.) why Hydrogen vehicles are being trialled by the group at present 💡 5.) why the charging customer experience needs to improve for all EV customers
💬 The Automotive and Energy sectors are going through the biggest changes in 50 years. Their abilities to create, balance and optimise renewable energies are crucial to our sustainable future and to achieving NetZero greenhouse gas emissions.🎧 This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast which explores the role of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in helping us deliver a fully sustainable, NetZero future: the challenges, the risks and the opportunities. We feature leaders from major automotive, startup automotive, energy, insurance, fleet and battery tech.🎙️ Today's episode is with my series commentator Tapan Trivedi who will explore our learnings prompted by the episodes with:➊ Tanya Sinclair, Policy Director UK & Ireland at ChargePoint: The story of the next 9 years➋ Uday Senapati, Corporate Strategy and Product Management at Group Lotus: Defining the strategy for a 70 year old StartupLearn more about the series at www.boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series
💬 “At Lotus, we are working on the philosophy that living with an electric car is much easier than living with a petrol car.” Uday Senapati🎙️ Uday Senapati is the Executive Director for Corporate Strategy and Product Management at Group Lotus. He is responsible for the company strategy, product management of future cars and digital products/services, as well as strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Lotus, he worked at Bentley Motors, where he was responsible for turning Mulliner, a dormant section of the business, into a successful and profitable special vehicles division. Along with technical areas of business, he has also led teams covering Project Management, Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Production and Logistics. Uday has a great passion for cars and automotive brands and a part of the team that has been entrusted with reinvigorating the Lotus brand and growing the business significantly. 🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, Uday talks about: 💡 1.) How Lotus is rebirthing itself like a startup 💡 2.) the innovation opportunities from being part of the Geely group 💡 3.) how and why sportscars have a long-term future 💡 4.) creating artificial noise both inside and outside of the vehicle 💡 5.) why technology and automotive companies must collaborate and not compete
💬 “We're all out there installing EV chargers, but there is no requirement on us to power those charges with electricity from renewable sources. And you think, actually, are we helping meet government's climate change objectives here or not?” Tanya Sinclair 🎙️ Tanya Sinclair has worked in electric vehicle policy for almost a decade and is currently Policy Director at ChargePoint for UK, Ireland and Nordics. She also chairs the EV Group of the REA, the association for renewable energy and clean technology. Prior to joining ChargePoint Tanya worked for LEVC, the manufacturers of the London ‘black cab’, where she supported the launch of the first electric taxis in London. Tanya has also worked as an adviser to electric vehicle start-ups, charging companies and manufacturers including Nissan and Tesla. Tanya talks about:💡 1.) the revolution that the automobile industry is going through 💡 2.) the ways that we will charge EVs once we have mass adoption 💡 3.) the unique charging challenges for fleet owners, office car parks and mixed occupancy buildings💡 4.) Lessons the UK can learn from other countries 💡 5.) the climate change elephant in the room – that there’s no Government mandate for EV charging to be powered by renewable energy This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment.
💬 The Automotive and Energy sectors are going through the biggest changes in 50 years. Their abilities to create, balance and optimise renewable energies are crucial to our sustainable future and to achieving NetZero greenhouse gas emissions.🎧 This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast which explores the role of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in helping us deliver a fully sustainable, NetZero future: the challenges, the risks and the opportunities. We feature leaders from major automotive, startup automotive, energy, insurance, fleet and battery tech.🎙️ Today's episode is with my series commentator Tapan Trivedi who will explore our learnings prompted by the episodes with:➊ Paul Kirby, Head of LCV and EV Strategy at Vanarama: Transforming fleets to EV➋ Sara Sloman, Head of Future Mobility Partnership at Elmtronics: Human behaviour and transport planningLearn more about the series at www.boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series
💬 “Sharing is key. If we are going be reducing congestion, we cannot swap every internal combustion engine vehicle with an EV version” @Sara Sloman 🎙️ Sara Slomanis Head of Future Mobility Partnership at Elmtronics, an independent supplier of electric car charging services and EV chargers in the UK. She has a background in public and private sector consultancy and business development roles serving Local Authorities, and has been involved in delivering project management for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Sara is a believer in supporting all modes of transport for a sustainable future and her passion is in clean energy and zero emission mobility. She was named as EV Champion in 2018 and featured on the GreenFleet “100 Most influential” list in 2019 and 2020. This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. 🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Sara talks about:💡 1.) the triggers and events that prompted belief in scaling EVs💡 2.) why personal EV choices go beyond range and power 💡 3.) the importance of shared vehicles and sharing your vehicle 💡 4.) reframing cars from a status symbol to a commodity 💡 5.) the ongoing challenges of data sharing in the mobility industry
💬 “Teaching driver behaviour is going to be really important in the transition period to Electric vehicles. If we continue to use EVs in the same way we used diesel vehicles, foot to the floor and driving far too quickly, then we’re going to get really poor use from the battery.” @Paul Kirby This is a conversation with Paul Kirby 🎙️ Paul is Head of Light Commercial Vehicle and Electric Vehicle Strategy at Vanarama. He has nearly 30 years of automotive industry experience specialising in the Light commercial vehicle sector and championing the transition to an electric future. Previous to Vanarama, Paul was at LeasePlan UK heading up the commercial vehicle team and was responsible for developing the Business-Critical Fleet proposition. His other roles have included contract hire and leasing manager at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK and fleet and delivery manager for Wickes. 🎧 In this episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Paul talks about:💡 1.) why switching fleets of vans to electric power is vital 💡 2.) the buying process for an EV van – myths, misunderstandings and misuse 💡 3.) how mobility startups could change the landscape for electric vans 💡 4.) how inequality is emerging in vehicle recharge costs 💡 5.) what our kids will think about petrol engines This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment.Discover more at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series
💬 The Automotive and Energy sectors are going through the biggest changes in 50 years. Their abilities to create, balance and optimise renewable energies are crucial to our sustainable future and to achieving NetZero greenhouse gas emissions.🎙️ This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast which explores the role of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in helping us deliver a fully sustainable, NetZero future: the challenges, the risks and the opportunities. We feature leaders from major automotive, startup automotive, energy, insurance, fleet and battery tech.🎙️ Today's episode is with my series commentator Tapan Trivedi who will explore our learnings prompted by the episodes with:➊ Lavinia Burski, Technology Consultant AECOM: Human-Vehicle understanding➋ Jonathan Riggall, Director at Stantec: We need an EV Charging RenaissanceLearn more about the series at www.boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series
💬 “Some people are saying don't worry about new power capacity, because we'll just take the power out of EV cars and distribute it back into the network. But it is not that simple, for starters the grid was never designed for that.” Jonathan Riggall🎙️ Jonathan Riggall has a background in climate change strategy, pollution impact, and environmental appraisal. He works across a range of sectors including renewable energy, community development, and power distribution. His speciality is working with investors and innovators to establish new technology and approaches to dealing with global growth. His broad skill base as a geographer has included working on international infrastructure investments and projects included environmental offshore wind farms and developing low-carbon infrastructure investment models for towns. 🎧 In this episode, Jonathan talks about: 💡 1.) the decline of the legacy petrol station 💡 2.) the grand challenge of working out what replaces petrol stations 💡 3.) the reason why thousands of endpoint EV chargers are not the complete answer 💡 4.) the challenges with using EVs to balance and support the energy grid💡 5.) how these changes could prompt not just a technical revolution, but also a cultural and social revolution This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Learn more about the series at www.boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys/
💬 “People need to remember that autonomous vehicles are programmed by humans. And humans aren't perfect. That's the beauty of us, we make mistakes. Therefore, there'll be mistakes in the programming of autonomous vehicles. Lavinia Burski 🎙️ Lavinia is currently a Technology Consultant at AECOM specialising in projects relating to Connected Autonomous Vehicles and future transport solutions. She has previously worked within the Aerospace/Defence sector and was involved in the delivery of research projects and growth strategies related to Autonomy and Unmanned Air Vehicles. She has a PhD from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and her research involved analysing specifications and checking their correctness in order to improve the safety of high integrity systems. This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. 🎧 In this episode, Lavinia talks about:💡 1.) How mobility is moving towards inclusive and integrated transport systems💡 2.) How connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) fit in the wider transport system💡 3.) How CAVs will interact with current and future infrastructure💡 4.) Problems with pedestrian-CAV interaction 💡 5.) how shared vehicles/pods fit into the wider transport systemLearn more about the series at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/
This is Beyond Journeys: How electrifying road travel will shape our lives and our environment. Today’s episode is on insights and observations from the last two interviews and I’m joined by my series commentator Tapan Trivedi. 🎧 In this episode Tapan and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by episodes with: - Carl Bayliss, VP, Mobility & Home Energy at Centrica who talked about💡 1.) his journey from premium car brands into energy services 💡 2.) how we will connect cars to the grid and our homes to balance and optimise energy needs 💡 3.) how connected EVs will help the UK to get to NetZero and encourage renewable energy take-up💡 4.) how consumer data will be used to support autonomous energy decisions 💡 5.) the partnership between Centrica and Lotus - Christoph Domke, Clean and Smart Mobility Lead at FTI Consulting who talked about 💡 1.) the winners and losers in mobility as we shift from ICE to EV💡 2.) which transport sector will electrify first and why 💡 3.) why companies may have to write off legacy assets 💡 4.) how to make EVs more profitable 💡 5.) the feasibility of Truck Platooning Learn more about the series at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/
💬 “Many of the legacy automotive companies are positioned well to produce EVs. They can grab hold of some of the trends and developments, but it needs massive investments and a really proactive leadership team to accomplish this.” Christoph Domke This is a conversation with Christoph Domke 🎙️ Christoph is the Clean and Smart Mobility Lead at FTI Consulting. He is an evangelist for new and emerging technologies in the transportation industry with a passion for cleaner, sustainable, more efficient and interconnected movement of goods and people. He is an expert in future transportation, key technology trends and go-to-market initiatives. With particular expertise in digital freight brokerage, connectivity and telematics, autonomous trucks and truck platooning, and electric, hydrogen and natural gas-powered commercial vehicles. This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Learn more about the Beyond Journeys series at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys/
💬 “The realization post pandemic is that people will drive far fewer miles then we previously thought.” @Carl Bayliss This is a conversation with Carl Bayliss 🎙️ Carl is Vice President, Mobility & Home Energy at Centrica and has spent the past 20 years working across global markets in the automotive industry, including such companies as Ferrari, Infiniti, Nissan and Bugatti. His experiences in the electrification of mobility and democratisation of renewable energy through home energy management have moved Carl into an industry shift from automotive to energy & services. Carl has leading involvement in the recent partnership between Centrica and British motor manufacturer Lotus. They are working to develop a new model for electric vehicle ownership that fully integrates future mobility and energy, by making the car an extension of the home, capable of storing electricity, minimising emissions and generating new income through providing services to the energy market. Together the two companies aim to redefine the customer relationship with cars. One controlled by smart devices at home and on the move. This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Learn more about the Beyond Journeys series at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/
This is Beyond Journeys: How electrifying road travel will shape our lives and our environment. Today’s episode is on insights and observations from the last two interviews and I’m joined by my series commentator Tapan Trivedi. 🎧 In this episode Tapan and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: EP1 Beyond Journeys: Mike Hughes, SVP at Schneider Electric: How we balance and optimise the new smart grid EP2 Beyond Journeys: Ed Houghton, Head of Research at DG Cities: The development of smart mobility living labs
💬 “There are biases against EVs for reasons like range, anxiety and comfort. But it’s important that we think of drivers not as a homogenous group, but instead, we recognise and serve their unique differences.” @Edward Houghton This is a conversation with Edward Houghton 🎙️ Edward is Head of Research and Service Design at DG Cities. He is a behavioural and data scientist interested in sustainability and Smart Cities, systems thinking and systems resilience. Excited and interested in user-centred design, data, AI and machine learning and with a background in intervention design, impact evaluation and operational research. Edward is driven by understanding "what works". This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. 🎧 In this, the 2nd episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Edward talks about:💡 1.) EV consumer behaviours💡 2.) Ethical use of data and AI to support the smart grid 💡 3.) the impact potential of mobility hubs 💡 4.) Unintended consequences of new mobility policies 💡 5.) the importance of evidence-based decisions
💬 “In the future, choosing an electric vehicle will be much the same as choosing a mobile phone handset and tariff today.” Mike Hughes🎙️ Mike Hughes is SVP End-to-End Digital Customer Relationships at Schneider Electric, responsible for the deployment of a frictionless customer experience. During his more than 20 years with Schneider Electric Mike has had a diverse international career. Before moving to his current role, Mike held the position of CEO and President, Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, with responsibility for the operations of the Group within the Zone. Mike believes that digital technologies are key to delivering frictionless experience, efficiency, unleashing sustainable growth, supporting innovation and reducing environmental impact. As a leader and manager, Mike strongly supports the employee wellbeing, inclusion and flexible working initiatives that underpin the culture of high performance at Schneider Electric. This is the Beyond Journeys series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how the electrification of road travel will impact our lives and environment. Learn more at https://boundlesspodcast.co.uk/beyond-journeys-series/ 🎧 In this, the first episode of the Beyond Journeys series on the @Boundless Podcast, Mike talks about: 💡 1.) the opportunities and challenges of developing an efficient, smart-grid 💡 2.) the role of EVs to support the energy grid 💡 3.) the evolution of data sharing across companies and industries 💡 4.) how Schneider Electric will use data to automate energy optimisation for homes and vehicles 💡 5.) how choosing an EV in the future will be like choosing a mobile phone today
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