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AutoVision News is an online publication focused on future vehicle technology, including next-generation ADAS innovations, electrification, and autonomous driving. Our readers, be it from an engineering or a marketing background, are working on new technologies that will lead to fully-automated vehicles, intelligent cities, and more.

Join our Managing Editor Carl Anthony as he talks one-on-one with the industry professionals who are ushering in one of the most significant eras in automotive history.

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The Program Manager Behind the Press Release ft. Dave Opsahl of Actify
Automotive program managers are balancing ambitious EV initiatives with existing gas vehicle launches. Recently, workloads have increased while staffing has decreased. How does this impact the OEM/supplier relationship in the long run? Dave Opsahl, CEO of Actify, explains how access to streamlined information helps both the program managers and the OEM/supplier relationship.
LiDAR 101 ft. Angus Pacala of Ouster

Angus Pacala, Chief Executive Officer of Ouster, takes Carl through the basics of LiDAR and Moore’s law, underscoring the significance of analog to digital transformations. Carl recalls his AM radio days in Iowa covering severe weather, while Angus shares Ouster’s origin story and the impressive specifications behind the company’s latest innovations.

The Power of an Electric Bulb ft. Mayank Sikara of Sibros
Mayank Sikaria co-founded Sibros, an award-winning connected vehicle software company in Silicon Valley. With the guidance of strong mentors, strategic investors, and a multi-disciplinary team, Sibros continues its upward trajectory across the globe. Join Carl and Mayank as they discuss his early years in school, working at Faraday Future, and their favorite Hot Wheels cars.
Experiential Marketing & Autonomous Vehicles: Is there a Link?
What role do experiential marketing programs play in helping consumers understand new ADAS technologies, software-defined vehicles, and fully autonomous cars? In this episode, we feature three industry experts who see a link between ride-and-drive demonstrations and elevated consumer trust. Join Carl as he talks with these experts and recalls his time on the experiential marketing circuit with Chevrolet and FCA.
Writing on the Wall ft. Paul Drysch of PreAct Technologies

PreAct Technologies founder Paul Drysch joins us to discuss what he sees as the “writing on the wall” in the automotive industry. Paul shares how simulation expedites vehicle development, the roadblocks to private ownership of self-driving cars, and why the potential for EVs to have a longer service life is essential to recognize.

AutoSens, InCabin & The Blue Miata in Brussels

Live from Brussels, Belgium, Carl Anthony talks with some of the industry’s leading minds at AutoSens and InCabin. The automotive space is undergoing a dynamic transformation, which impacts all aspects of ADAS and in-cabin monitoring. What does the future hold? How will we continue to push the boundaries of innovation? Join Carl and these thought leaders as they share their insight and experience.

It’s Okay to Stand Out ft. Sara Sargent of Sense Media
Our trusted colleague and dear friend Sara Sargent joins Carl Anthony on this episode of AutoVision New Radio. Sara recalls how she became an engineer, her first role in automotive, and the values her parents instilled in her. She then discusses ways we can advance consumer education around ADAS and advocate for women in our industry. 
How First Principles Influence Mobility ft. RK Anand of Recogni
We are accustomed to hearing words like innovation, safety, and efficiency in the automotive industry. The challenge is giving these words tangible meaning in the real world, where the complex task of driving occurs. How do we accomplish this? How can we deliver innovation, safety, and efficiency, so they are more than just buzzwords?
ADAS Intergration & Sports Cars ft. Paolo Foglino of Lotus Cars Limited

Drivers worldwide admire and enjoy Lotus cars for their beautiful design, sharp handling, and breathtaking performance. Given their historical trajectory, it’s easy to overlook the sports car manufacturer as a leader in ADAS. But that’s far from the truth.

Paolo Foglino, Head of ADAS for Lotus, shares the challenges of integrating ADAS functionality into a two-door sports car, what Lotus has learned from validation testing, and why the 97T is his favorite car.

Sticker Shock ft. Carl Anthony of Automoblog and AutoVision News

The average price paid for a new vehicle in the United States reached its highest in June 2022, according to Kelley Blue Book. Average transaction prices surpassed $48,000 for new vehicles, beating the previous high of $47,202 set in December 2021. The rising transaction prices also impacted hybrid and EV buyers.

Carl Anthony, Managing Editor of Automoblog and AutoVision News, examines the key data points and findings from Kelley Blue Book.

A Reality Check for the Self-Driving Enthusiast ft. Sravan Puttagunta of Hyperspec AI

Unlike humans, autonomous vehicles cannot think or act for themselves. Instead, they rely on high-definition maps to supply context about the environment. Machines can’t improvise or adapt like humans, so safety concerns arise if a vehicle suddenly encounters an unplanned obstruction or outdated map. 

That said, can cars rely on real-time scene construction and reduce its dependency on prior maps and localization? To help us understand this, we sat down with Sravan Puttagunta, CEO of Hyperspec AI.

EV Infrastructure & Cybersecurity: What are the Risks? ft. Thomas R. Koehler

As automakers shift to electrified and software-defined vehicles, addressing cyber risk is vital, especially within the charging infrastructure. As an author, keynote speaker, and lecturer with over 25 years of experience at the intersection of technology and business, Professor Thomas Koehler joins us to share valuable insights on the future of electrification, autonomy, and cybersecurity.

We also talk about Professor Koehler’s work as an author and the vehicle that “puts a grin on his face” whenever he drives it.

Cybersecurity is Not a Sign of Weakness ft. Jennifer Tisdale of GRIMM

In the context of automotive safety, we don’t usually think of cybersecurity as being experienced dynamically and personally, at least not to the degree of something like an airbag. Yet as our cars become more software-defined, the gap between safety and security will close. Protecting our data and the integrity of the vehicle drive systems against malicious actors will be as crucial as seatbelts and crumple zones.

Jennifer Tisdale, Chief Executive Officer of GRIMM, a cyber research firm, joins Carl to discuss what a robust cybersecurity strategy looks like, why testing for vulnerabilities is not a sign of weakness, and what legacy she hopes to leave in the automotive industry.

Women at the Wheel ft. Indu Vijayan of Women in Autonomy

An engineer, technologist, and advocate, Indu Vijayan is the Director of Product Management for AEye and the founder of Women in Autonomy. Over the years in automotive, Vijayan noticed how few women were at the table and set out to reverse this trend. Under Vijayan’s leadership, Women in Autonomy has grown into an influential forum that educates, equips, and empowers women in all industries, from automotive and mobility to industrial, robotics, smart cities, and beyond.

In this episode, we go back to Vijayan’s college years; we explore the potential of adaptive LiDAR and see what the future holds for Women in Autonomy.

One Woman Show ft. Katelyn Magney from Magney Creative

Sound engineering will make a product more robust, while sound marketing will give it more reach. But what are the benchmarks for a successful marketing platform in automotive? We know that social media is essential, but what about graphic design and written content?

Katelyn Magney, founder of Magney Creative, has developed a “One Woman Show” for companies looking to overhaul their marketing and communications strategy. As the MarCom Director for VSI Labs, Katelyn oversaw the promotion of successful ADAS-focused programs. She brings her experience to the table to help us understand why marketing for automotive , especially after COVID, is more important than ever.

Made in Michigan with a Global Reach ft. Justin McKnight from Steady Growth Consulting

The modern automobile is a collection of many different systems combined to create a finished product. No one system is “better” than another as each serves a specific and essential function. In the same way, our automotive careers are the sum of many different experiences, none of which we should discount.

Justin C. McKnight, founder of Steady Growth Consulting, is many things: an engineer, executive, technical sales professional, leadership coach, hip-hop artist, and father. Justin shows us how what we do in life and business is interconnected and how it’s possible to take what we have learned and channel it towards a more fulfilling future.

Reducing Complexity, Maximizing Performance ft. Andy Hanvey from OMNIVISION

OEMs need cutting-edge technology that meets even the most ambitious cost reduction targets and form factor requirements. This is essential in today’s ultra-competitive automotive landscape, but what is the secret? Is it having a great product or a talented team? Maybe, it’s exceptional customer service? Or is it a delicate combination of all three?

Andy Hanvey, Director of Automotive Marketing at OMNIVISION, shares how the company identifies market trends ahead of time and how they deliver real-world solutions to OEMs. Andy also shares his thoughts on in-cabin monitoring and key insights from his decades-long career in automotive.

A Billion Lines of Code ft. Daniel Sisco from Renesas

Software-defined architectures are the key to making the “car of the future” possible. An electrified vehicle with the highest levels of connectivity and convenience can likely only be achieved through a software-centric platform. While such platforms promise increased safety, comfort, and functionality, the computing power requirements jump exponentially.

To gather some insight into software-defined cars, we turned to Daniel Sisco, the Senior Director of Digitial Product Strategy at Renesas. We explore how Renesas is helping set the tone for many converging trends in automotive, including electrification and autonomy. Daniel also shares his early college years and why he pursued a career in automotive.