Keep dwelling and hear to those 5 podcasts on the way forward for mobility

Hopefully this festive time will give you time to relax and maybe even listen to a podcast or two.

If you’re into mobility technology, we’re happy to help and give you some suggestions to check out.

If electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, and autonomy get your engine running, then it’s time to check out the Autonocast

It’s a weekly show that covers some of the top industry topics and is hosted by TechCrunch senior reporter Kirsten Korosec, Alex Roy of TheDrive, and Ed Niedermeyer, the communications director of PAVE (Partners for Automated Vehicle Education).

The Autonocast casts a critical eye on the world of self-driving vehicles, autonomy and intelligence.

The Autonocast previously discussed Tesla’s self-driving technology, women with autonomy and AI biases, and car washing.

A personal favorite episode was when the Autonocast interviewed human-machine interaction researcher and friend of SHIFT Liza Dixon about her work in the field of car washing.

For a publication that focuses primarily on cars and motorized transportation, this might sound a bit off-piste, but listen to me.

We believe there should be options, and these options should be chosen carefully. Cars are great and have their uses, but so are trains, planes, and bicycles.

This could be an unexpected suggestion. Cars are good, but they are even better when we use them properly and appropriately. This is the center of the conversation for the war on cars.

The podcast “War Against Cars” looks at the impact of cars on our roads, cities and quality of life. As cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen show, car-free streets can work and make life in cities more pleasant.

This podcast is really about challenging the normative belief that driving is the best mode of transport for all situations.

A good place to start is this episode: America’s love affair with cars. It makes a story about how the US got so caught up in a world where everyone has to drive.

These two podcasts were specific, so let’s downsize them a bit and check out the Mobility podcast. As the name suggests, it is more of a general look at the field of transportation and travel technology with a particular focus on the United States.

The mobility podcast is for you if you want to dive into the granular legal and infrastructure side of this world of moving.

In the podcast, moderators spoke to industry experts such as Nuro, Waymo, Segway-Ninebot and Spin.

The hosts have a background in transport policy, governance and strategy and are actively trying to deconstruct these in order to understand how new transport technologies will affect our societies.

One of my favorite episodes was where the mobility podcast took a look at Sweden’s approach to autonomous vehicles. Much of the conversation about self-drive has centered on the US. This is an important reminder that this is a global phenomenon and each culture has a different approach.

If you’re following the conversation about micromobility, especially escooters, the Swifty Podcast is for you.

The Swifty Podcast is presented by the couple and the founders of the Swifty Scooters scooter company, Jason and Camilla Iftakhar, and analyzes everything that has to do with the world of two-wheeled stand-on transport.

The Swifty Podcasts offer a glimpse into the world of designing, developing and starting scooters.

In previous episodes, Jason and Camilla have discussed how their supply chain works, how they design their scooters, and how legislation and infrastructure affect their use and adoption. Conversations are surprisingly detailed.

It’s all completely blank, but after listening to a number of episodes myself I can say that it offers a unique window into the challenges of bringing new modes of transport to life.

A personal highlight was episode # 18, released in August, examining how COVID-19 has impacted the UK escooter market and what are the areas where national tests of the technology are likely to fail and succeed.

If you’re not into the game of big business and corporate strategy, you may not know BCG or the Boston Consulting Group to give it its full name.

BCG is a business strategy consultancy and the hive mind behind the Boston Matrix that helps companies understand and strategize their product lines. The concept is even taught in universities across the country.

The business world will change dramatically as we move to electric cars, autonomous vehicles and new models of shared ownership. So it’s not surprising for a company like BCG to keep an eye on things.

In short, the big wigs at BCG know how the automotive industry works, and in this podcast, experts examine the implications of these new technologies. If you are deeply immersed in the futurism of transportation, get this podcast in your ears.

Car talk on NPR is an absolute must whether you’re a car nerd or not. I thank my colleague Georgina for making me do it.

Car Talk aired on NPR from the late 1970s through 2012. Now new editions of the original episodes are being published as podcasts under the name “Best of Car Talk”.

So Car Talk is more of a podcast about the history of mobility, especially cars, but it’s still a blast and you should listen.

The hosts are the brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, AKA “Click and Clack, the Stößelbrüder”. After a long career as an auto mechanic, they went on the air to help callers with their own auto problems, and always in weird ways.

So it might not be about the future of mobility, but I can guarantee that it will bring a smile to your face.

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Published on December 28, 2020 – 15:00 UTC

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