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The Autonomous Vehicles Podcast

Interviews with experts on autonomous vehicles. Hosted by Gurtej Gill.


Autobrains - Igal Raichelgauz
Today’s guest is Igal Raichelgauz, CEO at Autobrains. In this episode we discuss how self learning AI allows AVs to improve without labeled data, the limitations of requiring training data to improve AV performance, and Autobrains’ go-to-market approach over the next several years.
28:25 06/21/2022
Nexar - Eran Shir
Today’s guest is Eran Shir, Cofounder & CEO at Nexar. In this episode we discuss Nexar’s approach to building a “swarm sensor”, and how this modality will enable AVs with higher fidelity training data. We also explore the go-to-market mechanics of bringing a network sensor to the industry.
37:31 06/19/2022 - Christine Moon & Joel Pazhayampallil
Today’s guests are Christine Moon and Joel Pazhayampallil, Cofounders at In this episode we discuss 4D predictive perception, how this approach addresses the existing and future challenges of AV development, and BlueSpace’s go to market strategy over the next few years.
29:39 12/31/2021
Imperium Drive - Koosha Kaveh & Sandip Gangakhedkar
Today’s guests are Koosha Kaveh and Sandip Gangakhedkar, Cofounders at Imperium Drive. In this episode we discuss teleoperations and why it is important for AVs, the challenges in ensuring safe teleoperations regardless of connectivity, and Imperium Drive’s go to market strategy over the next few years.
32:05 12/30/2021
Oculii - Steven Hong
Today’s guest is Steven Hong, CEO and Cofounder at Oculii. In this episode we discuss how AI-powered software can improve the resolution of radar by orders of magnitude, the merits of both software only and full stack approaches to radar development, and how the AV and ADAS markets will continue to develop over the next half decade.
36:53 12/02/2021
Lux Capital - Shahin Farshchi #2
Today’s guest is Shahin Farshchi, Partner at Lux Capital. In this episode we discuss Amazon’s acquisition of Zoox, how the AV market has changed over the last 3 years, and the ripple effects R&D associated with AVs will have on the broader market.
34:36 11/11/2021
Parallel Domain - Kevin McNamara
Today’s guest is Kevin McNamara, Founder and CEO at Parallel Domain. In this episode we discuss synthetic data and how it is used in training AVs, how AV companies are thinking about buying versus building this data moving forward, and whether or not synthetic data will replace real data in the future.
34:39 10/25/2021
CBC - Chris Barker
Today’s guest is Chris Barker, President of CBC. In this episode we discuss the Las Vegas autonomous shuttle project, the current state of connected vehicles, and what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act means for smart cities of the future.
39:27 10/05/2021
iMerit - Radha Basu
Today’s guest is Radha Basu, CEO at iMerit Technology Services. In this episode we discuss the data demands of AV companies, how iMerit helps them with complex edge cases, and the biggest challenges that still need to be addressed to further advance autonomous mobility in cities across the US.
53:23 08/05/2021
Opsys Technologies - Eitan Gertel
Today’s guest is Eitan Gertel, Founder & Executive Chairman at Opsys Technologies. In this episode we discuss Opsys’s approach to building a solid state LiDAR, how economies of scale will help drive costs down in the near term, and the company’s go to market approach over the next few years.
41:15 07/07/2021
Oxbotica - Paul Newman
Today’s guest is Paul Newman, Founder & CTO at Oxbotica. In this episode we discuss the complexities of developing AV technology that can be retrofitted onto any vehicle, Oxbotica’s go to market strategy and how they approach partnerships, and Paul’s vision for what the path to commercialization looks like for autonomous passenger vehicles.
42:07 06/08/2021
Baraja - Cibby Pulikkaseril
Today’s guest is Cibby Pulikkaseril, Founder & CTO at Baraja. In this episode we discuss Baraja’s approach to developing a truly solid state LiDAR, the pathway to building sensors that are cheaper and smaller for mass market adoption, and the company’s go to market strategy over the next few years.
30:03 04/27/2021
TTP - Tom Jellicoe
Today’s guest is Tom Jellicoe, Head of Autonomous Technologies at TTP. In this episode we discuss the various approaches to LiDAR seen in the marketplace, a few companies to watch in today’s competitive landscape, and where Tom sees LiDAR technology going in the future.
40:46 04/13/2021
ADASKY - Bill Grabowski
Today’s guest is Bill Grabowski, Head of North America at ADASKY. In this episode we discuss the merits of thermal imaging cameras, the reasons why they haven’t been widely adopted to date, and ADASKY’s approach to bringing thermal cameras to the ADAS and AV markets.
31:18 03/08/2021
Lunewave - John Xin
Today’s guest is John Xin, Co-founder & CEO at Lunewave. In this episode we discuss the entrepreneurial journey and what it’s like to start a company in the AV industry, the pros and cons of various business models within the automotive supplier ecosystem, and how radar fits into the ADAS and AV perception stack.
34:05 02/17/2021
StradVision - Sunny Lee
Today’s guest is Sunny Lee, COO at StradVision. In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of deep learning based vision software for ADAS and AVs, how a company’s decision to use LiDAR has more to do with their business model than their perception stack, and what it’s like being COO at a growth stage AV company.
34:50 09/03/2020
Zadar Labs - Mahmoud Saadat
Today’s guest is Mahmoud Saadat, Co-founder and CEO at Zadar Labs. Before Zadar, Mahmoud earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and developed custom hardware solutions for AVs at Lyft, Zoox and Apple. In this episode we discuss common perception approaches across the industry, the benefits of using imaging radar in the perception stack, and what it has been like as a first time founder starting a company in the AV space.
25:54 07/09/2020
AutoX - Jianxiong Xiao
Today’s guest is Jianxiong Xiao, Founder and CEO at AutoX. Professor X holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT and was the founding director of the Princeton Computer Vision and Robotics Lab. In this episode we discuss how the AV landscape in the Chinese market differs from Silicon Valley, the pros and cons of different AV business models, and the technological complexity of creating fully hardware/software integrated vehicles for commercial use.
32:13 06/18/2020
Caliber Data Labs - Yaser Khalighi
Today’s guest is Yaser Khalighi, Founder and CEO at Caliber Data Labs. Yaser is a technologist and entrepreneur who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford. In this episode we discuss the “needle in a haystack” problem engineers face when developing machine learning models for AVs, and how Caliber helps them cut through the noise to find the most valuable data for training specific scenarios.
34:31 06/03/2020
Renovo - Chris Heiser
Today’s guest is Chris Heiser, Co-founder and CEO of Renovo. In this episode we discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the massive datasets created by vehicles today, how this data can and will be commercialized in the coming years, and what this all means for software development in the automotive industry.
32:17 11/20/2019
zero5 - Sarah Park & Jae Paik
Today’s guest are Sarah Park and Jae Paik, Co-founders at zero5. In this episode we discuss how the commercialization of AVs will convert our parking garages into tech-enabled marketplaces, how ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are thinking about storing their AV fleets in the off-hours, and what it’s like to start a company in the still very nascent AV industry.
21:19 11/14/2019
Locomation - Çetin Meriçli
Today’s guest is Çetin Meriçli, Co-founder and CEO of Locomation. In this episode we discuss the impact that AV technology will have on the trucking industry, how Locomation’s convoy approach differs from fully autonomous and driver assistance systems, and the path to bringing this technology to market over the next few years.
28:32 09/25/2019
Humanising Autonomy - Leslie Nooteboom
Today’s guest is Leslie Nooteboom, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Humanising Autonomy. In this episode we discuss the challenges AVs face in predicting human behavior, how cultural differences affect the way pedestrians interact with vehicles, and what this all means for the commercial rollout of AVs across the globe.
30:39 08/29/2019
Highland Capital Partners - Rob Toews
Today’s guest is Rob Toews, Investor at Highland Capital Partners. Before Highland, Rob did strategy at Zoox and earned his JD/MBA from Harvard. In this episode we discuss how AV development is creating opportunities in AI, simulation, and mapping, why Tesla doesn’t use LiDAR, Apple’s acquisition of, and predictions around what current trends mean for the future of the AV landscape.
30:08 07/16/2019
UC Berkeley - Marcel Moran
Today’s guest is Marcel Moran, City Planning PhD student at UC Berkeley. Before Berkeley, Marcel earned his master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago, and did public policy work at Uber. In this episode we discuss the effects AVs will have on urban planning and public policy, what TNCs like Uber and Lyft will look like in an autonomous future, and Marcel’s predictions for the next 5 years on the broader AV landscape.   Marcel's AV report:
39:22 06/17/2019
Dactle - Michael DeKort
Today’s guest is Michael DeKort, Founder and CTO at Dactle. Before Dactle, Michael worked on aircraft simulation at Lockheed Martin and managed software engineering at NORAD - North America’s Aerospace Defense Command. In this episode we discuss the limitations of using safety drivers to train AVs, and the challenges companies may face as they bring their technology to market in the next few years.
31:01 04/11/2019
Applied Intuition - Qasar Younis & Varun Mittal
Today’s guests are Qasar Younis (Founder & CEO) and Varun Mittal (Senior Engineer) at Applied Intuition. In this episode we discuss why advanced simulation is important for AV development, the cultural differences and similarities between Detroit and Silicon Valley, market dynamics as companies choose between vertical and horizontal development strategies, and predictions for the future of the autonomy revolution.
40:34 03/28/2019
Beryl - Sarah Barnes
Today’s guest is Sarah Barnes, Mobility Solutions Expert at Beryl. Before Beryl, Sarah co-authored a white paper on the effects AVs will have on our future cities, which was published at the 2018 World Cities Summit in Singapore. In this episode we discuss the key takeaways from that paper, the role cities should play as AV technology hits the streets, and Sarah’s predictions for the next five years on the broader mobility ecosystem.    Sarah’s AV Newsletter:  
46:30 02/15/2019
Civil Maps - Scott Harvey
Today’s guest is Scott Harvey, Founder and Senior Engineer at Civil Maps. In this episode we discuss how autonomous vehicles use HD maps to build an understanding of their environment, regulation challenges as major players go to market, and an open source project named Apollo which has many US companies uploading detailed map information of US cities to a cloud hosted by Chinese internet giant Baidu.
28:27 01/29/2019
Lux Capital - Shahin Farshchi
Today’s guest is Shahin Farshchi, Partner at Lux Capital. In this episode we discuss his investments in Zoox and Aeva, the evolution of the automotive industry, regulatory and public adoption challenges, and his predictions for the next 5-10 years on the autonomous vehicles space.
38:57 01/17/2019