It will take longer than people were initially anticipating to get full autonomy in the city. That’s one of the reasons we’re working on this micro autonomy, because if you can strain it to a campus or to a bike lane and you operate at low speed, and it’s light enough it’s not likely to do serious injury if there’s an accident, then I think that schedule gets accelerated.
Director of City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Episode 34. Live from MUF 2019, Part II – Greg Lindsay chats with Kent Larson
Greg Lindsay sat down with Kent Larson, Director of City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, at the Moscow Urban Forum 2019. Kent and his City Science team are working on developing lightweight autonomous micro-vehicle working prototypes that combine the best attributes of dockless bikes and autonomous ridesharing, without any of the negatives. Kent and his team use interactive tools to build consensus in communities and find bottom-up solutions to urban problems. Kent and Greg chat about the intersection between housing and transportation. Kent’s upcoming masterclass, “A World Without Slums”, will look into how informal transportation, micro-vehicles and drones can provide transit and delivery to slums.
In order to transform safety and unit economics in micromobility, the focus should be on avoiding failure in the first place. It’s about predicting in real time when something is about to fail and taking action to prevent the failure from occurring.
Founder and CEO Superpedestrian
Episode 33. Live from MUF 2019, Part I – Greg Lindsay chats with Assaf Biderman
This conversation between Greg Lindsay and Assaf Biderman, founder and CEO of Superpedestrian and Associate Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, was recorded on location at the Moscow Urban Forum 2019. Assaf taught at the Strelka Institute and feels the city of Moscow has become a much more walkable than it was 8 years ago. Assaf and Greg chat about ride sharing in the context of multimodality, how the e-scooter business model can become sustainable and the importance of data infrastructure and for cities to provide their imput.
Adopting the ideology of congestion pricing for the expedience of solving today’s problems may create a lot of other problems down the road when automation kicks in.
Principal Consultant, Bits and Atoms
Episode 32. Driving the Ghost Road – Greg Lindsay chats with Anthony Townsend
Greg Lindsay chats with Bits and Atoms Principal Consultant Anthony Townsend about his upcoming book, “The Ghost Road,” where he deconstructs the myths surrounding autonomous vehicles and analyzes their long-term effects. Anthony Townsend believes it is essential to regulate the business side of automation and that congestion pricing is the “beginning of a slippery slope towards financializing all movement.” Greg and Anthony discuss how the multiple forms of automation will impact our culture and the built environment.
Even with just the middle-mile solution that we’re pursuing, we’ll be able to drive tremendous amounts of efficiency gains throughout the system, which is good for the trucking system, good for shippers and ultimately, good for consumers and society at large.
Co-Founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics
Episode 31. Smokey and the Robot – Greg Lindsay chats with Don Burnette
Greg Lindsay chats with Don Burnette, co-founder and CEO at Kodiak Robotics. Don Burnette believes trucking will be the first commercially viable application of autonomous vehicle technology and that autonomous trucks can drive much more safety and efficiency to the system. Kodiak Robotics seeks to revolutionize freight transportation with a single network, connected autonomous trucking fleet.
There is still a chance to prove that yes, we can build these platforms and we can orchestrate mobility in our cities. Public companies can do this, they can do it quickly, and they can do it in a very efficient way.
Dr. Henrik Haenecke
Management Board Finances, Digitization and Sales, BVG
Episode 30. True MaaS – Greg Lindsay chats with Dr. Henrik Haenecke
Episode 30. Greg Lindsay chats with Dr. Henrik Haenecke, member of the Management Board for Berlin’s public transport operator, BVG. Dr. Haenecke tells us all about how Jelbi, Berlin’s groundbreaking all-in-one app Mobility as a Service platform came about and how it works. BVG took an incremental approach to implementing this ambitious experiment. The public transportation operator needed to convince private sector mobility providers to join forces and integrate by offering to share customer data, and reconcile with transit weary Berliners through an audacious marketing campaign.
If the transportation is multi-modal, the cities become multi-nodal, with different hubs of density. So it’s no longer an urban core surrounded by suburbs, it’s multiple urbanized densified cores, or nodes, that are linked together
Venture Advisor, MetaProp
Episode 29. From Street to Suite: Where Mobility Meets Real Estate – Greg Lindsay chats with Elie Finegold
Greg Lindsay chats with MetaProp Venture Advisor Elie Finegold about the intersection of multi-modal transportation and real-estate development. Elie is a New Yorker living car-free in Dallas, and has seen the e-scooter boom dramatically increase the number of Dallasites walking in the street. From delivery services to the advent of autonomy, Greg and Elie examine how the mobility revolution will impact the value of real-estate in the near future.
“What if the infrastructure bill was just “fix every sidewalk, and put bus shelters at every bus stop?” I would vote for that candidate!”
Urbanism Editor, Curbed
Episode 28. A Walker in LA – Greg Lindsay chats with Alissa Walker
Greg Lindsay chats with Curbed’s Urbanism Editor Alissa Walker about changing behavior and moving beyond cars. Greg and Alissa take a deep dive into the Los Angeles mobility scene, from walkable urbanism, micromobility options and dedicated bus lanes to congestion pricing and SB 50.
Mobility is only one part of a much more complex system, and while it’s somewhat possible here in a unique way to take an empty stretch of land and build a test system on it, that’s really not practical in terms of how it works in day-to-day life.
Founder and Managing partner, Changeist
Episode 27. Live from Masdar – Greg Lindsay chats with Scott Smith
This conversation between Greg Lindsay and futurist Scott Smith was recorded on location in Masdar City, UAE. Scott and Greg chat about the famous closed-loop zero-carbon city, which Scott refers to as “a fragment of the Gulf future’s 1.0 dream”, and about building the next vision of the future. Scott, Founder and Managing Director of Amsterdam-based consulting group Changeist, talks about how mobility cultures differ from city to city, and highlights the need to think about sustainable transportation as part of a much more complex system.
I have yet to hear of a policy question that can only be answered through individual trip data, and not with thoughtfully aggregated information.
Fellow, Urban and Regional Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Episode 26. Standards and Practices – Greg Lindsay chats with David Zipper
Greg Lindsay chats with David Zipper, fellow in the Urban and Regional Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, about integrating public and private modes of transportation into Mobility-as-a-Service platforms, without letting companies create mobility “walled gardens”, or having privacy advocates turn against city-run multi-modal networks.
When I think about the role informally run transportation networks play and how resilient they are in terms of the fact that they operate without subsidies, without additional government funding, I feel very strongly towards the social responsibility we have to look for ways to provide incremental improvement as opposed to massive disruptive change.
Devin de Vries
Co-founder and CEO, WhereIsMyTransport
Episode 25. Mapping the Invisible – Greg Lindsay chats with WhereIsMyTransport CEO Devin de Vries
Greg Lindsay chats with Devin de Vries, co-founder & CEO of WhereIsMyTransport, about improving visibility and accessibility for informally run transportation networks, which cities have traditionally had very little insight into. WhereIsMyTransport is a startup which provides an integrative mobility platform for governments to centralize information from both formal and informal transportation networks. Rather than disrupting informal transport services, WhereIsMyTransport wants to incrementally improve their businesses, making them easier for everyone to use.
Episode 24. The Kiwi Approach to MaaS – Greg Lindsay chats with the NZTA’s Martin McMullan
Greg Lindsay chats with Martin McMullan, Director of the Connected Journey program at the New Zealand Transportation Agency, about the the nuts-and-bolts of Mobility-as-a-Service and public sector innovation. Martin explains how he and his team implemented their own MaaS app in Auckland, NZ, by building a business case off of user feedback, and providing the underpinning digital infrastructure for an integrated service open to both public and private operators, which allows for an unbiased, fair and egalitarian transit system.
Episode 23. How the Mobility Revolution is Reshaping Real Estate Development – John Rossant & Nixon Peabody
John Rossant sits down with Nixon Peabody real estate attorneys Justin Thompson and Garth Bostic to discuss ways in which the fast-changing urban mobility landscape will affect real-estate development in the three decades to come. John, Justin and Garth chat about parking requirements and the need for flexible, “future-proof” design, how regulatory environments and geographic considerations will affect the advent of autonomous vehicles, the impact congestion pricing and urban air mobility will have on land use, and the importance of acting as an intermediary between private actors and city officials to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Episode 22. What Transit Leaders Want – Greg Lindsay chats with Paul Comfort
Greg Lindsay chats with Paul Comfort, Vice President of Business Development at Trapeze Group, which provides the enterprise software that runs public transportation systems all over the world, among other products. The former transit head also hosts a mobility podcast of his own, “Transit Unplugged” where he interviews transportation leaders. Greg and Paul talk about redesigning routes for high frequency service, providing ease of use and ease of access, and gamification and loyalty reward programs, as key ways of increasing public transport ridership. Paul shares his experience as a public transit leader, and talks about his new book, ‘Full Throttle’, which he describes as a self-help book for transportation professionals.
Episode 21. Truly Shared Rides – Greg Lindsay chats with Amir Ghorbani and Ruben Schultz
Greg Lindsay chats with Swoop’s CEO, Amir Ghorbani, and Ruben Schultz, Co-Founder, about mobility as an experience. Swoop is a shared mobility startup focused on large sized vehicles for groups. Greg, Amir and Ruben discuss the evolution of the shared vehicle market.
Episode 20. EV Charging made simple – John Rossant chats with Paul Glenney
CoMotion Founder and Chief Curator John Rossant sits down with Paul Glenney, CEO of Hubject Inc. Hubject is an interoperability platform focused on simplifying EV charging. Hubject works with Charge Port Operators (CPOs) and e-mobility service providers in 26 countries, and has more than 300 business-to-business partners. Hubject operates as a hub, enabling partners to communicate with each other and do business together. John and Paul chat about public charging and ways to accelerate EV adoption in the US and across the world.
Episode 19. Building Urban Mobility From The Blockchain Up – Greg Lindsay chats with Eduardo Javier Muñoz
Greg Lindsay chats with Eduardo Javier Muñoz, CEO of EVshare, about ways to reinvent our mobility ecosystem. EVshare operates a combination of home solar renewables, feeding into electric vehicles and using blockchain as a way of awarding credits and paying out people’s use of mobility. The foundation creates fleets that enable people to move around using less vehicles, in a cheaper and more energy-efficient way. Eduardo views blockchain technology as a “digitalized democratization” of mobility, which allows for a transparent government structure, where people can decide how their money is invested.
Episode 18. Paris: Beyond the Dense Urban Core – John Rossant chats with Alexandra Dublanche
John Rossant chats with Alexandra Dublanche, Vice President of the Paris Region, to discuss how the region is strengthening its public transportation network beyond the dense core of the city. The Paris Region is experimenting with innovative and sustainable new modes of transportation, such as flying water cars on the Seine or shared autonomous vehicles. John and Alexandra compare different cultural mindsets regarding public transportation, and how those can evolve.
Episode 17. The “Patagonia” of Electric Cars – Stephen Baker chats with RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian
Stephen Baker and RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian sat down at LA CoMotion to discuss how the consumption model for cars will evolve over the next decades. Rivian is a startup aimed at becoming the “Patagonia” of electric cars – a comfortable vehicle encouraging customers to go out and explore the world. The car’s smart battery can learn from its user and adjust to his preferred charging mode in real-time. RJ Scaringe believes that as we move away from an exclusive consumption ownership model for cars, we will adopt more use-case specific modes of consumption.
Episode 16. A planet free of traffic – Greg Lindsay chats with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America
Greg Lindsay and Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America, address the dire after effects “competing empires” of MaaS platforms could have on congestion and discuss moovel’s long term vision for building an open, avant-garde mobility operating system for cities. moovel and BMW are combining their transportation offerings in an effort to build a mobility powerhouse that works as an open network, where competing service providers can offer their solutions as well. Nat Parker makes a case for compensating companies like moovel on measured outcomes of reducing congestion.
Episode 15. LA: a powerhouse of the Mobility Revolution – John Rossant chats with LA Metro’s Joshua Schank
John Rossant sits down with Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer for LA Metro, to talk about LA county’s collective decision to retrofit a car-centric region for public transit. John and Josh discuss how LA’s infrastructure shift compares to older cities in the rest of the world, and why this tremendous undertaking will allow LA to emerge as one of the key global hubs in the mobility revolution. LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation collaborates with the private sector and is testing out microtransit projects in selected parts of the city to see which ones work the best. For Joshua Schank, fixing mobility in LA does not solely rely on acquiring new technologies – he believes regulatory policy, such as implementing dedicated bus lanes or charging people who drive in their cars, is what will truly drive the mobility revolution.
Episode 14. Repurposing (some of) LA’s 18.6 million parking places – John Rossant chats with Nik Karalis
Episode 14. John Rossant and Nik Karalis, CEO of Woods Bagot, chat about the implications of the mobility revolution on the built environment. At LA CoMotion, Woods Bagot, the global architectural and design consultancy, will present their fascinating research on the repurposing of parking places in the city of Los Angeles, exploring how a shift in planning could provide dwellings for more than 3 million people. Woods Bagot’s 3D data visualization tool will adjust itself live to different density scenarios for the districts of Inglewood, Downtown and East LA. Angelinos will be invited to share their impressions on the level of change in the built environment that feels comfortable to them, and to own the development process of their city.
Episode 13. Human-Centric Streets – Greg Lindsay chats with Meghan Sahli-Wells and Kome Ajise
How can we frame the conversation around urban mobility in the Southern California region and encourage people to opt for safer, more enjoyable streets at a human scale? Greg Lindsay chats with SCAG Planning & Programs Director Kome Ajise and Meghan Sahli-Wells, Vice Mayor of Culver City. The Southern California Association of Governments is a regional planning agency whose role is to make sure there is alignment in planning across jurisdictions, and that the region’s ambitious sustainability goals get implemented. SCAG’s Go Human program demonstrates how protected bike lanes or safer crosswalks can bring people back to basic forms of human mobility. Greg, Meghan and Kome discuss Culver city’s recent agreements with Bird and Lime and how these first and last mile solutions can encourage people to use public transit.
Episode 12. The Future of Cities is Polycentric – John Rossant chats with Thierry Mallet, CEO of Transdev
John Rossant and Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev, chat about emerging new mobility options for the cities of tomorrow. These cities will be polycentric and need to be redesigned for humans, not cars – all our basic needs will be fulfilled through micromobilty. John and Thierry discuss the need for local governments to regulate mobility, while remaining open to innovation. Thierry Mallet expands upon some of the integration lessons Transdev has learned in developing their global mobility app in the French city of Mulhouse, or on applying autonomous systems to public transit, such as with thei autonomous lab in Rouen.
Episode 11. Electric, connected & shared: Inventing the car of the future – John Rossant chats with KT Neumann
John Rossant sits down with KT Neumann, In Charge of Mobility for Evelozcity, to discuss the future of cars. The Evelozcity project is all about bringing electric cars to the masses and disrupting car ownership. Evelozcity cars are developed for city use and ride-sharing, with a radical new design and a whole new business model. KT Neumann believes the car of the future will just be a device in a larger ecosystem of mobility, and Evelozcity cars are connected to a blockchain powered marketplace.
Episode 10. Towards a shared autonomous future – Greg Lindsay and Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America
LA CoMotion’s Director of Strategy Greg Lindsay and Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America, chat about how shared autonomous transportation will transform cities. Transdev has a hands-on, experimental approach to inventing the future of mobility. Yann Leriche explains the need to work with cities and develop shared solutions in order to balance out the appeal for autonomous vehicles and the increase in traffic and congestion. Yann and Greg discuss the difference between Europe and the United States in public transit ridership. Transdev is sharing data with transit agencies and developing a global set of alternatives to the private car thanks to Mobility as a Service products.
Episode 9. Electrifying California: the path to green mobility – Greg Lindsay chats with Jill Anderson from Southern California Edison
Greg Lindsay and Jill Anderson, Vice President of Customer Programs & Services for Southern California Edison, chat about ways to reach California’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets in practical terms. SoCal Edison’s clean power and electrification pathway strategy will help the state of California reduce gas emissions by 80% by 2050. This will be done by simultaneously working toward a carbon-free grid, electrifying transportation and buildings and through solar panels. Jill Anderson shares her vision for the future of transportation and what this will mean for chargers and charging infrastructure.
Episode 8. New mobility: China as number 1? John Rossant chats with Michael Dunne, CEO of ZoZo Go
John Rossant, LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, and Michael Dunne, CEO of ZoZo Go (A Dunne Automotive Company), discuss the industries of ride hailing, electric and autonomous vehicles in China, and how those will play out on a global scale. The Chinese Government has set high ambitions to become leaders in future mobility technologies. John Rossant and Michael Dunne explore political trade tensions between China and the US in the mobility revolution market.
Greg Lindsay and Aric Ohana, Co-Founder of Envoy There, chat about the impact the urban mobility revolution will have on the built environment. Aric Ohana believes providing easily accessible vehicles is the means to disrupting car ownership. This equitable solution will become a new standard of living for the future. Envoy is developing vehicles which can be integrated within the energy management of buildings. What started off as a mobility solution will evolve into an energy management one.
Episode 6. Going multimodal – Greg Lindsay chats with Lyft’s Senior Director of Transportation Policy, Lilly Shoup
In this week’s CoMotion Podcast, Lilly Shoup, Lyft’s Senior Director of Transportation Policy, and our Director of Strategy Greg Lindsay chat about Lyft’s key role in providing mobility solutions for everyone. The scale of the city of Los Angeles lends itself to testing different kinds of dockless mobility, figuring out what works and drawing lessons which can be applied to other cities. Lilly Shoup is a strong supporter of public transportation. She believes Lyft shares cities’ goal of reducing single-occupancy vehicles and stresses the importance of working with public agencies to provide new, sustainable ways for people to get around. Mobility hubs can make seamless mobility available to everyone, including underserved neighborhoods. Lilly and Greg chat about ways of managing the street of the future in real time. Lilly shares her enthusiasm for finding creative ways of organizing streets and puts forward an idea for redesigning streets based on speed, rather than on transportation mode.
Episode 5. Space invaders – Greg Lindsay chats with LADOT General Manager, Seleta Reynolds
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and Greg Lindsay, LA CoMotion’s Director of Strategy, chat about what the latest comprehensive regulation of dockless vehicles means for the city of Los Angeles. This new policy encourages companies to innovate, as long as they are willing to comply with LADOT’s mobility data specifications and that they express the city’s core values through their technology. It also lays the groundwork for how the city will manage what’s coming next. Seleta Reynolds is a strong advocate for public/private cooperation and believes the city should start acting and thinking more like product companies, and vice versa. She discusses the need to raise the political will to build the right infrastructure in order to create complete streets that benefit everyone, no matter how they travel. LA CoMotion is a great place for companies and messengers to work together on solving real problems though the improvement of public transit.
Episode 4. LA: ground zero of mobility innovation – John Rossant chats with Matt Peterson, CEO of LACI
LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, John Rossant, chats with Matt Petersen, CEO of the LA Cleantech Incubator on electrification, startups, the LA New Mobility Challenge — and why Los Angeles is hot, hot, hot when it comes to mobility innovation.
Episode 3. On Track for High-Speed Rail – Greg Lindsay chats with Michelle Boehm, Director, HSR
In this week’s CoMotion Podcast, a discussion between our Director of Strategy Greg Lindsay and Southern California High Speed Rail Authority Director Michelle Boehm. Catch up on the project’s current developments, challenges, and prospects for the state.
Episode 2. Mapping the Mobility Revolution – Greg Lindsay chats with CityFi’s Gabe Klein
LA CoMotion’s Director of Strategy, Greg Lindsay chats with Gabe Klein, Founder of CityFi. A comprehensive look at disruptive mobility and how it will impact our future.
Episode 1. Mapping the Mobility Revolution – Greg Lindsay chats with CityFi’s Gabe Klein
Deep dive into the world of LEVs with LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, John Rossant and Terenig Topjian, founder of haveago.city.