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CoMotion Mobility Podcast

Episode 16. A planet free of traffic – Greg Lindsay chats with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America

Date: 11.12.18

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

Date: 11.12.18

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

Date: 11.05.18

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

Date: 10.29.18

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

Date: 10.29.18


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

Date: 10.22.18

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

Date: 10.15.18

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

Date: 10.08.18

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

Date: 10.01.18

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.



Episode 7. Mobility-as-an-Amenity – Greg Lindsay chats with Envoy’s Aric Ohana

Date: 10.01.18

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

Date: 09.24.18

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

Date: 09.18.18

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

Date: 08.29.18

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

Date: 07.29.18

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

Date 07.24.18
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

Date 05.29.18

Deep dive into the world of LEVs with LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, John Rossant and Terenig Topjian, founder of haveago.city.